Computer desk for electric wheelchair

Project  / Project number: DB-045-03 2005  /  Status:

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The challenge

Special computer deskThis boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy uses an electric wheelchair. There is limited room in the area and his condition means that his arms tire very easily. He could not get close to the computer desk so as to support his forearms on the desk because the wheelchair joystick fouled it.

A diagonally sideways approach was adopted. Two specially shaped shelves were made supported on wall mounted brackets. A (ex Zimmer frame) support leg was not only a desk support but acted as a pivot for the computer keyboard. The height of the upper shelf was set to allow the boy to rest his forearms on it to stop them from tiring. The whole unit will be easily adjustable for height as he grows.

He can get right up to and use his computer easily in the limited space available and his arms do not get so tired.

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