Category: Recreation

Grasping Aid For Paddle

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with only an index finger and a thumb on her right hand to paddle a dragon boat. The aid has gone through several iterations, Initiallythe design consisted of a T-shaped piece of wetsuit fabric. The bar of the T wrapped around the wrist and was secured with Velcro. The leg of the T wrapped over the hand and the paddle and then was secured to the wristband, also with Velcro. However, when the material became wet, it stretched and came off. The next step was to add darts to fit the wrap more closely to the hand and to add stabilizing material to the edges. Next, the T shape was discarded and a tightly darted piece of wetsuit fabric is attached with Velcro to a wrist band of firmer, non-stretch fabric. The wetsuit fabric covers the area of the missing fingers, but leaves the index finger and thumb free. TITLE: Paddling for Health. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 26, Number 4, January 2007: p. 10-11. PAGES: 3 (including 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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