Wheelchair Garden CartBy Spitz, Eric M.; Sadowsky, Jordan M.; Schoenleber, John M.; Bohs, Larry; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 60-61
Publication Date: 2010
Description of a cart that allows a wheelchair user to transport tools and supplies for independent gardening. Developed at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, the Lawn Care Assisting Device (LCAD) is composed primarily of polycarbonate plastic and uses swivel casters for optimal maneuverability. The device consists of a narrow chamber that fits between the rear wheels of the wheelchair and a larger primary chamber with a hinged rear flap. An elevated shelf within the primary chamber keeps small tools and a watering can within reach of the gardener while seated in the wheelchair. The larger chamber can be used for carrying a full water pail and tools such as a rake and clippers, or for transporting yard waste such as leaves. The rear flap, which is attached to the base with a piano hinge, can be pushed to lie like a ramp to allow the chamber to be filled with garden debris and is raised back up with a lawnmower pull cord. The LCAD attaches to the wheelchair with a mechanism using two tubes to connect to the safety wheel attachment supports of the chair. A large hinged hook prevents the card from pulling away from the wheelchair.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter7,%20Duke%20University.pdf