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Manual Page Turning Facilitative Device

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Student Designers: Melissa Hyland, Shu-Hyun Jang, Andrea Shin, Nancy van Loenen (University of Toronto), and William de Wit (University of Guelph)


Abstract

An example of the proper use of the manual page turning facilitative device
An example of the proper use of the manual page turning facilitative device

Individuals with decreased hand functioning, as the result of diagnoses such as arthritis, cerebral palsy, and stroke often have difficulties with fine motor activities. Reading, specifically the act of page-turning, can be one such activity that is greatly affected. A novel assistive device to assist individuals with such difficulties has been developed by the authors of this paper, the manual page turning facilitative device, to address this problem. This paper describes the current options in assistive devices for page-turning and the need for an efficient and effective device, a description of the manual page turning facilitative device, and positive feedback from potential clients and rehabilitation professionals on the usability of the device, particularly on its portability, comfort, promotion of independence, and effectiveness.


Solution

The manual page turning device includes three components including the Universal Cuff Attachment piece that can slot into the pocket of a standard universal cuff for children and adults, a series of joints allowing three-axis adjustability for the specific physical needs, and an "Adhesive Roller Cylinder” that supports an adhesive tape roll, which slides on as a sleeve. This provides a rotating adhesive surface which makes contact with the page of the user’s reading material.

For full story, visit Enabling Independence in Reading with the Manual Page Turning Facilitative Device


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