CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable a teenage girl with short stature to independently enter and exit a bathtub. A stainless steel rail was installed along the side of the tub that extended five millimeters out from it. A three-step ladder was made of stainless steel tubing that clips to the rail for stability. The ladder also slides along the rail if needed. A trough of plastic downspout pipe clips over the tub to protect the tub edge from the ladder. Stair treads for the ladder were made of
The ADA 70 Podium is a height-adjustable podium or lecterndesigned for use by individuals of any height or who use wheelchairs. The option of purchasing shelves and drawers is available so that audiovisual equipment can be integrated into the Podium. This podium features a fixed lectern shelf, power and cable management subsystems, external electrical outlets, a master power switch, and an input/output box. DIMENSIONS (WxDxH): 58.25 x 30.5 x 35.75 to 50.5 inches. COLOR: Mahogany woodgrain is sta
ADA Series Classic Design is a kitchen with accessible components designed for use by individuals with lower extremity or mobility disabilities, spinal cord injury,short stature, or other physical disabilities. This compact adjustable kitchen system includes an under-counter refrigerator, cooktop, oordinated finishes, and storage space for dry goods and cooking supplies. The Adaptable Sink Base easily converts to meet Americans with Disabilities Act specifications and the folding design stores c
Alarm Tender is a smoke alarm access bracket designed for use by individuals with balance, mobility, or upper or lower extremity disabilities, spinal cord injury, or short stature. This sliding two-part vertical device enables an individual to slide a smoke alarm (not included) mounted to it within reach for tasks such as silencing nuisance alarms, changing the battery, cleaning, performing fire drills, etc. The device attaches to the wall with screws or peel-and-stick tape (included). A small
The Ashby Bath Shortener, model 6290, is a bathtub shortener desinged for use by individuals with short stature. This unit fits inside the tub to shorten its length and is designed to prevent shorter users from slipping down the bathtub and possibly under the water. The unit attaches with rubber suction cups to the foot of the bath. DIMENSIONS: 370 x 280 x 300 millimeters. CAPACITY: 190 kilograms.
Better Living Modular Homes are prefab houses designed for use by wheelchair or walker users and others with physical disabilities. These homes are affixed to a permanent foundation (crawl space, basement, or pilings) and have floor plans with one to five bedrooms and one to three bathrooms. Features include wider hallways and doorways; closets with bi-fold doors; expanded space in bathrooms; rocker-style light switches for individuals with fine motor disabilities; light switches set lower in th
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a modular wheelchair that "grows" with the user allowing for independence over the lifespan. Through the United Kingdom's National Health Service, the Renfrew Group developed a new type of powered wheelchair with the Department of Health, as part of the Department's Innovation Health and Wealth program. Renfrew won a government contract to design a chair which maximizes the mobility and independence of children with disabilities as they
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted changing table for a mother with cerebral palsy. This individual wanted a changing table that she could use from a kneeling position and located a base that was the right height to be adapted. A table top was created from chip-board, with a 75 millimeter-high pine frame around the sides to keep the mattress in position. Two of the four sides are hinged so they can drop down 180 degrees, making it easier for the user to slid
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with short stature to sit comfortably while dining. A custom-designed wooden chair was built. The seat height is the standard 45 centimeters from the floor; however, the seat depth is shallower than is standard to enable her to sit comfortably and be supported by the chair back. The chair has a lacquered finish and an upholstered seat. A small matching wooden stool was also built, which the individual can use to step up to get on to the chair a
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide customized platforms for various classroom environments for individuals with short stature. Platforms were needed for at least three different classroom environments and needed to be light and easy to move around the classroom. The platforms were mass-produced by cutting tubing to make two of each design, with the hand rails and legs in one U-shaped piece in most cases. The platform bases were made from plywood, painted white, and anti-slip strips were adde
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a customized shower chair for an individual with campomelic dwarfism and intellectual disabilities. This individual required a caregiver to bathe her but without getting water in her ears. Previous methods and adaptations were not useful as they required the assistance of another individual and/or they were hard on the care giver’s back. This customized adaptation is modified version the “Matilda” bath seat design which rests on a bath stan
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable a teenage girl with short stature to independently flush a toilet with a push-button flush mechanism. A long lever was fashioned that enables the user to operate both the full- and half-flush buttons. The device consists of a horizontal stainless steel rod housed in a stainless steel casing. At one end, the rod is fitted with a long, flat handle which the user is able to push. The other end of the rod is bent into a vertical position and the point, which is
The Signature ADA Series is a kitchen with accessible components designed for use by individuals with lower extremity or mobility disabilities, spinal cord injury, short stature, or other physical disabilities. This kitchen system includes a large-capacity, frost-free upright refrigerator; electric surface burners; sink bowl; single- lever faucet; and exhaust hood. The Adaptable Sink Base converts to meet Americans with Disabilities Act specifications and the folding design stores components an
Early Childhood Break Box is a box full of educational toys and therapy tools, designed for young children and meant to engage those persons with autistic traits or Asperger’s syndrome, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder or any students who cannot sit still. The box is geared toward preventing disruptive behavior by integrating the sensory motor activities throughout the day. Assists in self-regulation in order to develop the ability to calm down, channel energy, and focus for extended p
The Etac AKTIV Reacher is a reacher designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities or short stature. The handle of the reacher is angled to utilize the strength in the hand and provide an effective grip. There is an index finger support on the handle which gives improved precision. The entire gripping surface of the U-shaped jaws is coated with hard-wearing rubber. The jaws of the reacher can also be set in two positions, allowing the reacher to be used both horizontally and vertical
The Etac AKTIV Reacher with Hooks is a reacher designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities or short stature. The handle of the reacher is angled to utilize the strength in the hand and provide an effective grip. There is an index finger support on the handle which gives improved precision. The entire gripping surface of the U-shaped jaws is coated with hard-wearing rubber. The jaws of the reacher can also be set in two positions, allowing the reacher to be used both horizontally
The Extendable Loppers are a long-handled garden tool designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities or short stature. This lightweight tool has a sharp blade to cut through branches, and the telescoping handles extend and lock into six positions. DIMENSIONS: The tool is 26.5 inches long with handles collapsed, and the handles extend from 19 to 32.5 inches. WEIGHT: 3.5 pounds.
The Light Switch Extender, model 557182, is an extension for standard wall light switch, designed for use by individuals of short stature and wheelchair users. This handle lowers a regular height light switch to a more convenient height. A rubber cap fits over the light switch knob. Push up on plastic rod to turn light on, pull rod down to turn light off. Latex free. DIMENSIONS: 14 inches long.
The Light Switch Extension is an adaptive tool that provides an alternative way for wheelchair users, individuals of short stature, and people with limited mobility or impaired vision to access light switches. The Light Switch Extension is an unbreakable, clear rod that can be “slipped” over almost any standard light switch. No tools are required for installation. And because of its unobtrusive design and clear color, the Light Switch Extension can blend in with any décor. Moreover, it does not
This Lightweight Half Step is designed for persons with limited lower body mobility or anyone with walking disabilities. It is for those who find going up or down steps challenging. The Lightweight Half Step is designed to reduce the step height for older and for disabled people. It can be used indoors or outdoors. Made from durable recycled heavy duty plastic. Stable in sunlight and freezing conditions. Top of step has a cross hatch design providing a textured, nonslip service. Can be leveled b
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with short stature to sit comfortably at her desk. A commercially-available swiveling desk chair was purchased and virtually rebuilt. The seat was removed from its existing base and mounted on a custom-built parallelogram-shaped base which was attached to a screwjack to raise and lower the chair height while keeping the seat horizontal. The screwjack was powered by a 50-watt direct-current (DC) motor. This enabled the user to sit on the chair a
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide customized desks for children with dwarfism. To modify the existing desks, the wooden desktops were removed and a 20-centimeter piece was cut from the 25-millimeter metal legs using a jig to ensure all the desks would be the exact same height. Tubing inserts were cut to fit inside the metal legs and rejoin them, but because the tubing had a raised manufacturer seam, the leg pieces had to be drilled to a depth of 10 centimeters. The legs were reassembled, fi
The Re-Lax Toilet Footrest is a toilet footrest designed for use by individuals with balance or lower extremity disabilities or short stature. This plastic unit has foot pads and supports the legs while toileting. It helps position the body in a squat, supporting abdominal walls and more complete bowel evacuation. DIMENSIONS (WxDxH): 19.5 x 14 x 8 inches, assembled. COLOR: White.
The Roth Mobeli Bath Tub Shortener is a bathtub shortener designed for use by individuals with short stature or lower extremity amputation. This unit can be placed at any point in the tub to provide foot support, or it can be turned horizontally to function as a tray. Model 14005206 has two suction plates and can fit all bathtub types. Model 14005207 has three adjustable clip-on suction plates and can only be used in parallel bathtubs. The suction plates arranaged with two plates above, which sw
The Sierra Electric Adjustable Workcenter is a powered height adjustable computer work station designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs, individuals of short stature, individuals who stand to work, and others who can benefit from a higher or lower work station. The surface height adjusts at 2 inches per second, with a lifting capacity of 250 pounds. The backlit liquid crystal display (LCD) control panel has tactile soft-touch control buttons and three programmable memory height preset
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable a teenage girl with short stature to independently access a bathroom sink. A three-step ladder was made of stainless steel tubing. Bent into a D shape, the side rails of the ladder act as handrails for the user. Stair treads for the ladder were made of waterproof plywood coated with polyurethane and painted with non-slip tread deck paint. Crutch caps were fitted to the ends of the legs. TITLE: Bathroom Access. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 27, Number 3,
The Step Stool with Handrail, model 601, is a step stool designed for use by individuals with balance disabilities, caregivers, or those of short stature. This single-step stool has a nylon-coated tubular steel frame, fitted non-slip ferrules, and a fluted, rubber-covered wooden top. The stool has a high vertical handrail. DIMENSIONS: The height of the hand rail from step stool top is 32.5 inches (82 centimeters). The height of the handrail from the floor is 41.5 inches (105 centimeters). The st
The Step Stools are step stools designed for use by caregivers or those of short stature. These stools have nylon-coated tubular steel frames, fitted non-slip ferrules, and fluted, rubber-covered wooden tops. OPTIONS: Both models are available with extra tall handrails. DIMENSIONS: Model 600 is 9 inches high; model 600S is 6 inches high. CAPACITY: 140 kilograms (22 stones).
The Tornado Body Dryer is a body dryer designed for use by individuals with balance, mobility, or upper extremity disabilities, burns, arthritis, or amputation. This in-shower device is intended to dry the shower-taker or bather, head-to-toe, by blowing warm air on him or her instead of using a towel. The body dryer has two speed settings: low keeps the shower or bath area warm and high dries the user when she or he is finished showering or bathing. Because the maintenance-free unit swirls warm
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a child with short stature with a tricycle. The project began with a standard child's 12-inch bicycle. To create the required frame size, the frame sections were cut apart and the seat tube was shortened. The pieces were then realigned and welded back together. The pedal crank was shortened and new holes were drilled to mount the pedals. A custom-made tricycle adapter was made to replace the single rear wheel with two wheels, widely spaced. Smaller handleb
Veigel Pedal Extensions for Brake and Gas are accelerator and brake extensions designed for use by individuals with short stature or lower extremity disabilities. These extensions are designed to reduce the distance to the pedals and can be installed and removed quickly without tools. DIMENSIONS: The standard distance reduction is 2 to 5 inches but can be up to 12 inches.
The Vertical Home Lift, models PL-50 and PL-72, is an exterior home wheelchair lift designed for use by individuals with mobility, lower extremity, or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. This home porch lift accommodates electric wheelchairs and scooters. It includes a steel frame, constant pressure switches, a low non-slip platform for roll-on access, and a safety barrier. The lift runs on a gear box and chain. All mechanics are fully enclosed and can be accessed through the rea
The Wall Switch Extension Handle, model F754141000, is a plastic device designed to assist wheelchair users or persons with limited arm movement to operate standard height light switches. The handle attaches to the any standard toggle-type wall switch, and allows it to be flipped by pushing or pulling on the unit.
The Western Mounting Stirrup is a stirrup accessory designed for use by individuals with lower extremity disabilities, arthritis, or short stature. This stirrup hangs from the saddle and provides an extra step up between the ground and the standard stirrup, reducing the distance the rider has to lift his or her leg. DIMENSIONS: Extends to 54 inches long.
The Whitney Brothers Steps with Guard Rail is meant to be a safe and practical set of steps for those looking to reach a sink, countertop or washing machine. Guard rail can be installed so children can access the steps from the right or the left. Unique safety design requires the user to turn toward or away from the steps and look for the guard rail.