Category: Environmental Adaptations

Fridge Lock

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide customized childproof refrigerator lock for a child with autism that can be easily opened by an adult, but not allow for the child to accidentally lock himself inside the refrigerator. The final design includes two purpose-made pad bolts mounted in metal boxes on top of the refrigerator and freezer doors. The bolts are spring-loaded to make them extend and engage in a slot in a plate which is mounted between the bolts on the top of the fridge cabinet and protrudes out over the top of the doors. Either bolt can be slid open using a small lever in a slot, against the action of the spring. Safety concerns of accidental lock in are addressed by the refrigerator doors being unable to close fully unless they are locked by operating the slide bolts. It is easy to see if one of the doors is pushed-to but not shut properly. The doors cannot lock shut automatically and the locks can only be operated from the outside of the fridge. TITLE: Locking the Fridge. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 28, Number 3, October 2008: p. 18. PAGES: 2. (including cover).


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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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