Cross Country Ski Pole Attachment
The client who was born with a small hand that was not able to grasp a ski pole wanted to be able to cross country ski.
Solution: A custom grip was made from an oven hardening polymer clay. The grip was designed to cup a customized ski mitt and hold it in place. The shape of the clients hand allowed space at the end of the mitt and thumb which could be wrapped around the ski pole and fastened with velcro. This secured the mitt in place but allowed some movement required for cross country skiing. The initial mitt was too large and a few modifications were done before arriving at the final design.
Piano Pedal Extension
A client who loves to play the piano requested a solution to operating the piano pedals without the use of legs that can reach them.
client was not able to use the conventional pedals on the piano. A wooden extension was added to the existing pedals so
that the client could use their leg to put pressure on an angled and padded
surface. This surface comes close to the level of the seat-pan of the wheelchair where he can apply as much or as little pressure onto the pad which is then transferred to the
pedal. This solution gave the pianist control over the sound and continued pleasure with his hobby.
Adjustable Activity Desk
Request: The client spent most of his waking hours in a powered easy chair and could not sit at a regular table. A primary craft activity involved placing pegs in a pegboard. A table with a lip was needed to catch any dropped pegs. There was nothing on the market which could accomodate the large chair as well as eating and crafting activities.
Solution: A custom melamine and pine table was designed and constructed to fit the easy chair.
The client now has a surface appropriate to the activities he wishes to engage in. The table is sturdy and easy to adjust, move or clean.
Art Easel / Document Holder
Request: An artist who used her mouth to paint needed something to hold her canvas.
Solution: The volunteer designed a table top art easel. Using a specific hinge from Lee Valley; it enabled the easel to tilt and be adjusted by the user in order to view her work in progress from different angles. Client is happy and continues to enjoy painting!
Request: The client needed a card holder for playing "Texas Hold Em" as she had difficulty holding the playing cards. Could we help?
Solution: The volunteer designed a new and improved version of the card holder. The client was very happy and reported that the new card holder helped her win $140! The client and her group of friends were impressed at how simple it is but how well it worked.
Table Mounted Book or Document Holder
Request: The client needed something to assit with reading books as she was unable to hold the books upright herself for long periods of time.
Solution: The volunteer designed a table-top book holder that is secured in place to ensure the book will not move or slide while someone is reading. Using the secured table-top design; this also enables the client to use cook books while preparing meals for her family. The book holder can easily be removed; if the client needs the table for family dinners, etc.
Hill Walker for Hiking
Request: The client needed something to assist with hiking and walking in nature; such as a "walking stick" to provide support and help with balancing while enjoying the great outdoors. Could we help?
Solution: The Hill Walker was created by using two canes and attaching a lightweight piece of aluminum to hold the canes together. This provides support and helps maintain balance while hiking. Each cane moves independently and the lightweight frame enables long walks without creating extra weight for the user. The client loves the Hill Walker and is enjoying nature every chance she gets.
Tilting Feeding & Activity Chair
Request: Special-needs little boy needed a tilting feeding/activity chair with head and trunk support and growing room all around.
Solution: A recycled 'zippie' child's cahir frame was aquired and matched up with baltic birch sides/seat/back to provide the basis for the chair. Adjustable foot support was added, along with a complete head support from another recycled chair. Foam mats were cut and trimmed to provide cushioning. These were provided in layers to allow for simple expansion of the chair width as he grows. The back is fully adjustable in steps.
Request: After building a desk for her C.N.I.B. reader, the client requested some way of turning pages manually and holding them down.
Solution: An over-hung parallelogram frame was assembled from aluminium channel, U.H.M.W. 1/2" X 1" bars, assorted #10 fasteners and no-glare glazing. A long handle was added to provide easy reach and convert push-pull into up and down of the plastic cover.
Spring-loaded chopsticks with a kneadable eraser for grip provided the page contact and turning.
Hold-down was attached to client's new desk and her reading can continue.
Request: Client needed a seat/ support to continue his choral career. He also used a cane to get around, on occasion.
Solution: A heavy-duty folding walker from Sally-Ann was fitted with a 3/4" maple ply seat. Two clips hold the seat for travel, along with two-use bungee cord:
When folded, the walkerprovides cane-like support. Set-up the singer can take a load off his back.
Accessible Picnic & Activity Table
Request: WANTED - A facility needed an accessible, all-inclusive picnic table. Could we help?