--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation of coin operated, front loading washer and dryer to allow access to the controls for people in wheelchairs. The washer and dryer controls, normally at the top rear of the machines, were duplicated on panels at the front of each machine, attached to the original controls with flexible cable. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For additional information contact: Dr Roy Norris, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Rehabilitation Engineerin
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Enables person in a wheelchair to reach controls on back panel of a washing machine or dryer. Controls are brought forward, even with the front of the machines. Rotary selection knob of washer connects by flexible cable to a large 3 pronged handle which provides leverage. Labeling of the various cycles was placed on a large circle immediately behind the control handle. Dryer cycle selection knobs are duplicated at the front of the machine by large circ
This Activity Laundry Basket is designed for young individuals who have a fine motor disability. Table-top laundry basket is layered with 7 fine-motor tasks including two types of buttoning, zipping, lacing, tying, snapping, hooking and clipping. A tool for a clinic, home or school that will keep both little and big fingers busy. DIMENSIONS: 10 inches x 7 inches x 3 inches.
The Bosch Vision 500 Series Dryer is a front loading clothes dryer designed for use by wheelchair users or individuals who are blind or have low vision. Controls are on the front of the unit above the loading door. The door hinges can be reversed from the left side to the right. The dryer has a dial control for selecting the drying time and tactile buttons to select the heat level. There is an LED status indicator. Drying options include a no-heat cycle, a denim cycle, and steam cycles to relax
The Bosch Vision 500 Series Washer is a front loading clothes washer designed for use by wheelchair users or individuals who are blind or have low vision. Controls are on the front of the unit above the loading door. The washer has a dial control for selecting the wash cycle, and four tactile buttons. There are 15 wash cycle options, including a jeans cycle and a comforter cycles for blankets. The washer uses as little as 13 gallons per load. DIMENSIONS (HxWxD): 36.9 x 27 x 31.6 inches. WEIGHT:
Compact clothes dryer. Electric. Control knobs on front panel. Side opening door on front. 3 cycles. 3.4 cubic foot drying drum, end of cycle signal, 1/3 horsepower motor, internal lint screen, automatic door shut off power 120 or 240/208 volts. Compact washer available. Has knob controls on front panel and top loading door.
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited grasp to open a dryer door with recesed handle. Drill a small hole at the top and bottom of the handle. Thread a length of parachute cord (available in hardware stores) through the holes and knot it in a loop. MATERIALS: Parachute cord. TOOLS: Drill. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Quest Extra: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/quest/extra/qe14-5_diy.html
Easy grip knobs for Whirlpool washer/dryer model numbers LA6100XS, LA6150XS, LE6100XS, LE6150XS, LG6101XS, and LG6151XS are available free with the purchase of the appliance.
The Laundry trolley is designed for individuals who are unable to bend down to pick up their laundry basket or who need a laundry basket with wheels in order to carry it to the washing machine.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair to hang laundry outdoors. The existing clothesline hoist was adapted by bolting two aluminum strips to the existing arms. Two lengths of clothesline were threaded through holes drilled in the bottom of the strips. This created two lines reachable from wheelchair height. DIMENSIONS: The new clotheslines are 500 millimeters lower than the existing lines. TITLE: No More Washing Day Blues. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol. 21 no
Electric clothes dryer. 23 1/2 inches wide. Control knobs located on front of dryer. 3 cycles: timed dry, delicate, automatic dry. 4 drying selections: regular, permanent press, delicate, no heat fluff. Front lint filter, end of cycle signal. 240/280 volts for built in mode. 120 volts for portable model. Unit can be installed on rack above a portable washer.
Thick Sock Lock is designed to keep your socks paired in the wash and in the drawer. The Sock Lock features a gripping action to prevent lost socks during laundering and drying. The lock can withstands laundry detergents and dryer temperatures. Comes 20 to a pack. There are two different models: one for regular socks and another for thicker socks.
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a laundry sorting system using radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags for employees of a vocational rehabilitation program with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. An agency that employs people with significant disabilities was spending approximately $40,000.00 per year on cleaning for their custodial uniforms. They decided to bring the cleaning in-house to create additional jobs for individuals with cognitive and intellectual d
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with lupus causing limited hand strength to operate her washing machine. The cycle setting dial on the washing machine has a raised center and indentations onn either side, and the user was unable to grasp it to turn it to the desired setting. A simple turning aid was created using waterproofed wood. A block of wood was cut and two wooden prongs made from dowels were screwed and glued into the bottom of the block. All edges were ro
The Whirlpool Duet Washing Machine is a standard clothing washer that features 12 different wash cycles and 5 different spin speeds. The Duet line is also useful to those with low vision or blindness as the setting controls allow for easy-to-feel differences and selection for each cycle. The "Up and Down" buttons facilitate changes in the cycles' default settings and the machine outputs patterns of descending tones which allows the verification of a specific choice by sound. Additionally, each c