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PURPOSE: To enable an individual with low vision to support reading material at the needed height for reading. The user would use pillows on her lap to elevate reading material when away from a book or table, but this solution did not provide sufficient stability. A specially-designed height-adjustable platform was created. A plywood platform padded with firm foam and covered with vinyl was mounted on a frame made of lightweight aluminum. The frame has two L-shaped supports connected by a 390 millimeter wide U-shaped bar. The horizontal supports are padded to protect furniture. Two split bush brackets slide onto the tubing and are externally clamped in place using tri nuts. The brackets carry aluminum rods, angled 20 degrees below horizontal to support the platform. To provide extra stability and further protect furniture, two flat feet made from strips of wood are held in place by copper saddles. The platform can be removed for cleaning by undoing the screws that hold it to the frame. DIMENSIONS: The horizontal supports are 330 millimeters long. COLOR: The vinyl covering on the platform is grey. TITLE: Bookrest for Vision Impaired Reader. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 23 no 1, Autumn 2003: p.16. PAGES (including cover): 2 2003.
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