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-------- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create custom adaptions to an electronic tricycle to slow acceleration and provide a safe, secure bucket seat for a child with ataxic cerebral palsy. Ataxic cerebral palsy causes the child to be unsteady and a little shaky but does not diminish the child’s desire for speed. In order to accommodate the child’s “need for speed,” a custom adaptation was created using an electric ride on tricycle acquired through funding by the Family Assistance Funding (FAF) from the Australian Department for Aging Disability and Home Care (ADHC) and the assistance of TADNSW. The child has better control and movement in his hands than in his feet so the first step was to move the ability to accelerate from the pedals to the handlebars. To avoid the bike shooting off as soon as the accelerator is pressed, a control circuit was installed that allows the bike accelerates slowly. The control circuit also reduces the maximum speed the child can reach until he has mastered riding at lower speeds then he can graduate to higher speeds. The second adaptation was to add a bucket seat onto the trike so that the child could be tightly strapped in for extra safety. This adaptation allows the child to play with other kids and help him feel included. TITLE: Daniel’s need for speed: New electronics and bucket seat keep Daniel in control. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 3, Winter 2011: p. 10. PAGES: 2 with cover.
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Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD)TADNSW 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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