Archive | 2012 participant

Cane and Able (California Lutheran University)

Jane Hankins, Jennifer Black, Jeannine Blankinship, Raven Vilardo, Julieth Leon, Jessica Lopez,  Brisi Favela, Tammy Thomsen, Roxanne Sharkey, & Jeff Westendorf Abstract According to a national health study (1), there are approximately 109,000 individuals in the U.S. who are visually impaired or blind and who use a long (white) cane for independent mobility.  There are […]

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Semi-automatic feeding device for wheelchair users (George Mason University)

  Salma Mahmoud, Sidra Khan, Jane Kambugu, Kamran Mohammadi,  Farideh Madani Abstract Though a seemingly simple task, many people face tremendous difficulty feeding themselves independently. In this project, we have focused on designing a portable semi-automatic feeder for a wheel chair user at George Mason University. The goal of this device is to cut down […]

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Kayak Transporter (Duke University)

Cheng-Yen Chen, William Chyan, Zhiwei Tay, Jarey Wang   ABSTRACT The goal of this project is to construct a device that will enable individuals with lower body disabilities to independently transport their kayak between their vehicle and the water.  The device consists of four parts: 1) a Modified Wheelchair, 2) a Front Attachment, 3) a […]

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Med-Ease: Facilitating the Occupation of Opening Medicine Bottles (University of Toronto)

Prina Cohen, Ana Talag, Sorin Uta ABSTRACT To occupational therapists (OTs), enabling our clients to be independent in their self-care is vital for their participation in everyday life. For many older adults, medication plays a large role in their day-to-day activities including the opening of child-resistant containers/medicine bottles. However, more studies are posing that motor […]

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Automatic page turner (Padmasri Dr.B.V Raju Institute of Technology)

  V.Shravya &  G.Swetha ABSTRACT: The primary goal of this project is to design a device to promote independence in reading for individuals with disabilities and the elderly at their own pace. Individuals with decreased hand functioning, as the result of diagnoses such as arthritis, cerebral palsy, and stroke often have difficulties with fine motor […]

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DuaLock: A Simultaneously Locking Wheelchair Lock (Tulane University)

Matthew Giannetti, Atman Dave, Kristina Farragut ABSTRACT Many wheelchair users worldwide have limited or no mobility in one arm. Common manual wheelchair locking systems require force application to both locks on either side of the wheelchair. If an individual is unable to lock one side due to lack of mobility in his or her arm, […]

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Assistive Device for Manually Handicapped Workers (John Brown University)

Jesse Griffith &  Ryan Thomas ABSTRACT We worked with the Elizabeth Richardson Center, Inc. in Springdale, Arkansas, who assists physically and developmentally handicapped individuals in a variety of ways. The vocational development segment of ERC employs handicapped individuals in various tasks. The major task accomplished by the handicapped employees at ERC is the separation and […]

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Quicker Picker Upper (Duke University)

Jon Usher, Ankit Jain, Chris Radford (RESNA1256SDC) ABSTRACT Our client, Tina, is an adult female with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).  FSHD is a hereditary, degenerative muscle disease characterized by muscle weakness of the face, shoulders, upper arms, and lower legs.  Commonly, people with FSHD have difficulty with balance and about 30% have one or more […]

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