Category: Therapy Furnishings

Loom Modification

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted loom for an individual with Parkinson’s disease to practice weaving. When this individual was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she decided that she would try all the things she ever wanted in life including learning how to weave. She taught herself how to weave, bought increasingly bigger looms, and began making clothing for local medieval reenactors. Her diagnosis creates a lot of stiffness which was causing her pain when using her loom. It became hard on her hips as she had to use some force to push down on the pedal to activate the loom. Eventually weaving only meant pain and discomfort. She contacted TAD to see if there was anything any of the volunteers could to do to help. A volunteer investigated the loom and determined that a bypass of the original foot pedal and the introduction of a pneumatic system to do the work that the original lever was doing would allow the woman to enjoy her hobby again. The volunteer inserted a pneumatic cylinder into the system and a new foot pedal which would be much lighter for Pat to push. The new pedal directs air into the cylinder which creates the energy that was being done by the original lever. The initial prototype was made with materials borrowed from TAFE to ensure that the system worked. The woman was delighted with the outcome. TITLE: Pat’s Loom. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 32, Number 3, December 2012: p. 10. PAGES: 2 with cover.


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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD 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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