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Paraplegic invents device to help reading on the wheelchair

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2017-05-11 15:14

About the solution

The board can be placed in two different positions:
- On user’s tights, with the shelf is titled by a flap mounted on hinges, with a slat at the front that prevents the book from slipping;
- On the armrests, allowing the user to regularly lift himself from his seats (this is important in order to avoid pressure sores) using the hands without removing the shelf. This is fixed on a wooden lath by means of two clamping blocks, pierced with a hole which allows to put them on the armrests. It can slide back and forth.

René used the following materials:
• Triplex plates 20 x 35 x 0.6 and 28 x 6.5 x 0.3 cm
• Wooden slats of 35 x 1.8 x 0.4 and 50 x 3 x 1 cm
• Wooden slats (for glue blocks) 10 x 3 x 1 cm
• Wooden blocks 4 x 6 x 5 cm
• Hinges, screws, glue.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2q6FeDb

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

René, from Belgium, is paraplegic. Because he wanted be able to read a book by himself, despite of his condition, he built a wooden board to hold his books while sitting on the wheelchair.

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