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Reinforced Bed With Enclosure

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom-made bed for a child with Angelman syndrome to provide a safe and protected environment during sleep and periods of restlessness. The child had outgrown her previous modified cot and the new bed was needed to withstand the strenuous shaking the child applied during her periods of sleeplessness. The new design involved moving the child to a single mattress and building safety railings high enough so that she cannot climb over them and compliant with the Australian standard for railing spacing. A large, robust set of railings, with double gates at the front allowed for easy access to the child and for changing sheets. Parliament hinges were used to keep the gates well away from the jamb and avoid creating a point where the child could pinch her fingers. The gates are secured by two large pad bolts located at the base of the bed well out of the child’s reach. Concerned that the gates might not be strong enough, the child’s mother requested that the gates be fitted with a deadlocked bar cross the top of the bed to hold the gates doubly firm. DIMENSIONS: The mattress is housed in a 200 millimeter-high wooden box base which sits inside the railings with mattress resting on top of the base. The top of the mattress is then 540 millimeters from the floor, and the rails are 1500 millimeters from the floor. The wooden box can be removed in the future, making the railings effectively 200 millimeters higher allowing for the child to continue using the set as she grows older and taller. COLOR: The bed was finished with a coat of fresh white enamel paint. TITLE: Safe in bed. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 4, October 2010: pp. 8-9. PAGES: 3 with cover.

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Reinforced Bed With Enclosure

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD) Organization Type: 
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids