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Tailgate Lifter

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with mobility and neurological disabilities to open a lift-up station wagon tailgate to access a scooter lift. A spring-loaded arm was mounted inside the tailgate on the same side as the scooter lift. The arm assists in pushing the door open during the first thirty centimeters of opening before the vehicle's built-in gas struts took over. A roller on the end of the arm rolls against the tailgate as it rises. The plastic door lining was reinforced with steel plates to prevent damage. A strap made of seatbelt material was also screwed to the back of the tailgate, creating a handle that dangles outside the tailgate when closed to aid in the opening process. TITLE: Tailgate Lifter. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 22 no 2, Winter 2002: p 19. PAGES (including cover): 2 2002.


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Tailgate Lifter

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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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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