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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with spinal cord injury to care for her infant as independently as possible. A standard wooden crib with drop sides was adapted. First, extensions were added to the legs to provide clearance for the wheelchair to roll under the crib. The extensions were secured with screws so that thee can be removed if necessary. Next the front drop side was removed and cut in half to provide two center opening gates. After the front corner posts were reinforced with steel brackets, the outside of the gates were attached to each front corner post using swinging bar door hinges, enabling the gates to remain in the open position as needed and to be self-closing after an initial push. The gates are held in place at the center bottom by spring-loaded catches with circular hooks, which slam closed and open by pushing in with a finger and lifting. The gates are also held together at the top with a sliding door bolt. With the gates open, the crib also serves as an accessible surface on which the mother can play with her child. TITLE: Cot Raising. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 26, Number 4, January 2007: p. 14-15. PAGES: 2 (including cover).
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