Customized Access Ramp Design for Children with Lower Extremity WeaknessBy Belding, Virginia; Pingeon, Candy; Gingolaski, Mike; RESNA 2000: Technology for the New Millenium, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 147-149
Publication Date: June/July 2000
Paper discussing a customized access ramp designed for a six-year-old male who was born with meningomyelocele spinal bifida (MSB). Extreme lower extremity weakness is a symptom of MSB. The client was capable of crawling on the floor, pulling himself into and out of the bathtub, and getting into and out of his manual wheelchair. Obesity was a major concern for him and his caregivers, as his mother often had to pick him up and place him in and out of furniture. A ramp was designed that would allow him to access his bed, wheelchair, and all other household furniture, improving his independence and reducing his mother's physical strain. The ramp was mobile and capable of supporting his weight. Using a mobile ramp gave him an opportunity to increase his independence and confidence, reducing his mother's physical strain in the process.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O13642