Some Tips from Gloria DunlapBy Wechsler, Kathy; Quest, Vol. 11, No. 1
Publication Date: January/February 2004
Article describes two do-it-yourself home modification designed by Gloria Dunlap, who is 79 and has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. The modifications are: (1) seat and plate raisers, (2) a fork extender. Dunlap constructed the seat and plate raisers by putting a 3-inch-thick pad on her chair to ease the strain of getting up and down. She also put a wooden cutting board, which is approximately 2 inches thick, on the dining table in front of her to raise the level of her plate. When designing the fork extender, she soldered a longer handle onto her eating utensils. The elongated handle, made in whatever length the user needs, allows people with limited arm use to eat independently.
Published by: Muscular Dystrophy Association (Website:http://www.mdausa.org)
Link to text: http://www.mdausa.org/publications/Quest/q111diy.cfm