Access Platform And Rail
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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted access platform and rail for a child with cerebral palsy to allow her to access an interactive white board at her learning program. A young student with cerebral palsy participates in a learning program that is projected onto an interactive whiteboard. The children are then encouraged to choose answers on the whiteboard. Due to her cerebral palsy, the young girl's muscles are tight and tense making fine and gross motor takes more difficult for her to complete. She finds it difficult to reach up to the board from the platform which the other children use because she needs to take smaller steps up and to have handrails for support. The girl's occupational therapist contacted the TAD group to see if a stand with support rails could be made to provide smaller steps for the child to reach the board. A TAD volunteer created a rail using metal frames by bending steel tube and welding on the cross braces, on which he mounted plywood decking. He made sure that the platform would remain stable when in the rest position by fitting an axle to the front, which ensured all four feet were firmly contacting the floor. When the stand is no longer required, the open end is lifted, and the stand can be easily wheeled away from the whiteboard. The rail was given a fresh coat of red paint and the decking painted white, which are the girl’s favorite colors. Additionally, the volunteer applied non-slip strips to the step and deck so the girl can feel secure as she jumps up to answer questions. Now the girl can take part in her lessons alongside her classmates. TITLE: Rhiannon hits new heights. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 32, Number 2, August 2012: p. 6. PAGES: 2 with cover.