Category: Canes

Step Aid

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide an individual with post-polio syndrome with a means of negotiating shallow outdoor steps at the gate to enter the home. This step aid consists of an angled polystyrene block attached to a tubular handle that finishes in a crutch ferrule. The block creates an intermediate step between the ground and the top of the step being negotiated. The angled design accommodates unevenness in the footpath. A lock was added to the device to enable the user to secure the aid to the front gate when she left, ensuring it would be easily available to her on her return. The lock was created by adding to wooden blocks to the gate's top bar and bolting a staple and hasp to them. When the user has negotiated the final step, she leans back over the gate and rests the polystyrene block on the lower bar of the gate. The staple and hasp lock the handle of the step aid to the gate. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): The polystyrene block on the aid is 230 x 200 x 65 millimeters with 160 millimeters of width clear of the handle. TITLE: Stepping Up. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 2, Winter 2005: P. 14-15. PAGES: 3 (including cover).


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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD) Organization Type: 
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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