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Access Stairs

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted set of stairs to access a bed for a child with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and vision and hearing impairment. The child required a raised bed with side railings to keep her safe at night, but it had to be easily accessible without caregivers having to bend over when caring for the child. The bed is 880 millimeters above the floor and has fixed railings on three sides; the railing on the fourth side slides up and down. A set of stairs was created to allow the child to develop as much mobility as possible when accessing the bed. These stairs consisted of two sections: a set of three steps, and a platform 600 millimeters above the floor level with which the child could use to access the bed. These stairs have worked well; however, the child is now 12 years old and has outgrown the original adapted steps. In addition, the original stairs were designed to be used on a carpeted floor and the family now resides in a home with tiled floors—making the stairs less stable. Using dimensions specified by the child’s physical therapist a new set of stairs was created similar to the original; both sections have height-adjustable handrails and an intermediate safety panel so that the child cannot slip under the handrails. The steps have closed risers to prevent the child from catching her feet as she goes up. There are non-slip strips on all the surfaces and black strips at the edges of the steps to make them easier for the child to see. While, the side panels on the old platform did not go all the way down to the floor, paneles on the new stairs the panels extend to the floor, making these section steadier and more rigid. Additionally, this version of the stairs is joined together and reinforced by a 19 by 19 millimeter pine, which is screwed into place, adding to the overall strength. The steel tube uprights that support the handrails run all the way to the bottom of both sections, and are covered by rubber stoppers to create legs, which rest firmly on the tiled form. Moreover, the handrails are slightly wider than the previous stairs handrails. The stairs serve as a way for the child to reach her bed, and the provid access to the family’s trampoline to facilitate the child's participation in recreation and exercise. TITLE: Growing up with TADNSW. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 4, October 2010: pp. 9-10. PAGES: 3 with cover.

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids