Nov 072018

The job was not really an aid but required a repositioning of the handle.
The client has arthritic hands . The handle on the dishwasher had been reduced in height , so that it was little more than a ridge to grip because at right angles to the dishwasher a sliding cupboard opened and would foul a deeper handle.
The solution was to fit a deeper handle off set from the centre of the dishwasher door. This entailed disassembling the door and the fascia to remove the handle and replace it.


 November 7, 2018  Posted by at 20:21 Household Equipment, Remap Projects, Uncategorized Comments Off on BS 16/17-23 Dishwasher Opening Aid
Sep 132018
 20180910_183732 confid


The client had purchased an iPad support bracket to attach to his motorised wheelchair, but this was made of round section aluminium and not compatible with the smaller, square tube mounting bracket provided under the wheel chair’s arm.

In addition, trial positioning the support bracket with the client in his chair demonstrated that the iPad support bracket had to be mounted substantially in front of, and below this square tube bracket for comfortable use.

The solution employed was to make an adapter from 16mm square hollow section aluminium tube, machined half way along down to 15.5mm square so that it would fit into the existing wheelchair bracket. This was bolted to the iPad bracket with M8 studding, nuts and washers.

The whole assembly can be quickly removed by loosening the wheelchair mount nut and sliding the unit forward if the client wants to travel outside the house in the chair.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/80.

 September 13, 2018  Posted by at 08:52 Powered Wheelchairs, Scooters and Buggies Comments Off on BK2018/80 – Modify iPad support bracket to fit wheelchair
Sep 082018
The standard game 
Board and stand for standard dominoes game
Double nine Concentration
Board for Concentration game for double-9 set. The board for double-6 is similar.

A ten year old boy who has been totally blind since birth had recently become interested in playing dominoes. The school had acquired two special sets of tactile dominoes, double six and double nine, where the pips were substantially raised so that blind people could gauge the number of pips by touch only.

In addition to the normal dominoes game, he also wanted to play a variant called Concentration. This game is similar to the game of pairs that children play with picture cards where they try to remember the position of the cards in order to find matching pairs.

In the dominoes Concentration game, the dominoes are placed face down and turned over by each player, as in the pairs game, but this time the “pair” is any pair of dominoes where the total number of pips adds up to 12, e.g. the double six and the double blank are a pair. At the end of the go, the dominoes are again turned face down and the next player must remember both the position and the value. When a pair is turned up, that player removes those two dominoes from the board. The winner at the end of the game is the player who has collected most pairs. This game is much more difficult than the picture cards game. Concentration with the double nine set where the pips have to total 18 is fiendish.

The problem was that in both games, the boy had to feel the dominoes to get the values. In doing so, he invariably changed their position, making both the standard game and Concentration impossible.

To solve the problem for the standard game, a section of self-adhesive magnetic strip was attached to the underside of each domino. A standard magnetic white board was then used as the playing surface. The dominoes stuck to the white board and did not move when the boy felt them, but where easily removed at the end of the game. A “scrabble” type stand was made so that he could store his “hand” without other sighted players being able to see.

For the Concentration game, two playing boards with grids of cells were made to hold the dominoes loosely in a fixed position. The dominoes could be turned over, felt and turned back over without losing their position. For the double six set, the board had 7 x 4 (28) cells and for the double nine 9 x 6 (54) cells.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/57.

 September 8, 2018  Posted by at 08:25 Children's Equipment - Development and Play, Uncategorized Comments Off on BK2018/57 – Blind dominoes playing boards
Aug 142018


The client required an internal ramp such that she could be wheeled by a carer from floor level up to the patio door threshold onto the commercially manufactured aluminium suitcase ramp for access outside.

A lightweight 12mm plywood ramp was made with 3x supporting rails underneath, profiled to rest on the door step, with 4x thin non-slip rubber feet protecting the wooden floor.

The ramp is long enough to give a 1:10 gradient and wide enough to sit either side of the suitcase ramp. There are 2x side rails to keep the wheel chair on the ramp and these are extended to the patio door groove with location pegs to prevent movement once fitted. There are 2x finger holes, so it can be lowered down without finger entrapment.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/70.

 August 14, 2018  Posted by at 16:05 Uncategorized Comments Off on BK2018/70 – Internal ramp
Aug 142018
 Roller1 in use
Unmodified body roller in use
Roller 1 being moved

Modified body roller being moved

Roller2a unmodified

Second body roller unmodified

Roller 2 being moved

Modified body roller being moved

The special school has two types of body roller to provide deep pressure therapy as the children crawl between the rollers; both have no means of moving them safely.

On the first type of body roller, wheels were added to one end, with brakes scavenged from a condemned wheelchair, and a dolly made to lift the other end to allow the whole to be moved.

On the second type, wheels were added to one end in such a way that they were off the ground in normal use and supported the roller off the ground when being moved (similar to the domestic wheelie bin).


Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/58.

 August 14, 2018  Posted by at 15:54 Children's Equipment - Development and Play, Uncategorized Comments Off on BK2018/58 – Body rollers modifications
Jul 052018
Artists' paint brush holder - pic 6
Original aid by Worcester Panel
The client has difficulty gripping the slender handle of her paint brush. This 3D-printed plastic holder will suit a range of brush sizes. The finger holes are located to suit her limited dexterity.

The design was copied from the original idea by the Worcester panel, made in aluminium.

Berkshire Panel

 July 5, 2018  Posted by at 16:17 Leisure Activities Comments Off on Artist’s paint brush holder
Jul 052018
Board in use

Sandwich board

Cot before mod
Cot before the modification

A young autistic child requires feeding from a feeding pump through a tube directly into his stomach overnight. He plays with the pump settings resulting in his feed being interrupted and possible hypoglycaema. A means of restricting access to the pump is required within the limited range imposed by the length of the feeding tube.

The child sleeps in a high-sided cot with Perspex panels. One panel was replaced by a pair of plywood boards which are clamped to the cot side without damaging it. The rucksack containing the pump is hung on the outside board with the feeding tube passing through a hole into the cot.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/47.

 July 5, 2018  Posted by at 11:27 Children's equipment - General Comments Off on BK2018/47 – Feeding pump support bracket
Jun 132018
Tailgate closer The client was unable to reach up to close the tailgate of her car. It was not possible to add a strap (as used on this solution) because the car is leased (the client was unhappy to drill fixing holes) and there are no convenient existing screws to use.

A simple foam-covered hook was made which engages with the door handle.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/46.

 June 13, 2018  Posted by at 09:08 Transport Comments Off on BK2018/46 – Car tailgate closer
Jun 072018
20180516_134512 A Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) school uses a small tractor to tow a powered machine for picking up horse droppings. Its speed needs to be controlled remotely by the tractor driver.

The speed control lever is mounted on the tractor with plastic pipe clips which allows it to be detached easily when necessary.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/48.

 June 7, 2018  Posted by at 15:08 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on BK2018/48 – RDA trailer remote speed control
Jun 072018
Cue Rest
One-hander snooker rest
Copy by Berkshire Panel
A one-handed snooker player required a rest for his cue that could allow him to play his shots, but also be easy to move one-handed about the table.

This simple rest was made from a bracket usually used as a centre support for a wardrobe rail. The ring allows the rest to be positioned using the cue. The cut-outs allow it to be placed close to the ball without compromising stability.

Derby, Burton & District Panel

 June 7, 2018  Posted by at 14:47 Leisure Activities Comments Off on One-handed snooker rest