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Communication Arm Rest


TOM @ Uni




Alan and his support team would like to develop a device to help Alan communicate overnight. Alan communicates using his right hand and fingers. Due to the position of his bed, support workers must reach over Alan and hold his arm to allow him to communicate at night. His support team is looking for a solution which supports Alan’s arm and facilitates communication.


Alan and the team developed an armrest which elevates his hand enough to enable him to communicate with his support team. The armrest is made of wood and high-density foam, with a breathable and waterproof fabric cover. The solution allows Alan to communicate comfortably and independently.

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All digital product files on this page are provided as conceptual designs and were developed by volunteers through a TOM: Melbourne event or program.
The design file is provided in the interest of sharing ideas and promoting collaboration. The design as described in the document(s) has not been tested or assessed for safety. Please do not attempt to use any device built using these instructions without first seeking appropriate professional advice on the safety and suitability of the device for your personal situation. 
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