Category: Communication

Communication Aid

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a young woman with cerebral palsy and devwlopmental delays with a means of communicating. A small clock-style communicator that could be attached to the user's wheelchair was created. The device has a ferrous metal face, which accepts magnetic pictures, and an aluminum back. The scanning communicator is equipped with LED indicators which are controlled by a micro-controller which is programmed to move the LED light around the face and a timer set a slow speed. The user can control the light activation at her own pace using a switch on her shoulder. A piece of wood turned on a lathe forms a round frame for the device. To enable the device to be attached to and removed from the user's wheelchair as needed, a pipe was attached to the end of a flexible metal cord which goes under the wheelchair tray and drops into a bracket attached to the wheelchair frame, creating a mount. TITLE: Communication Aid. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 26, Number 3, October 2006. PAGES: 11. Number of pages: 2 (including cover). 2006.


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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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