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Communication Aid

The first thing to consider with communication aids is their weight and size. They can range from very light aids to large heavy dedicated devices.

Consider the following devices:

  • Tobii Dynavox I-15+ which weighs 4Kg
  • Smartbox Grid Pad Eye 11 which weighs 1.7Kg
 

Each of these devices will have different requirements:

  • The Tobii Dynavox at 4Kg will require a heavier mounting arm to support its weight.
  • The lighter Smartbox Grid Pad Eye is 1.7Kg may require a lighter solution which reduces the overall weight.

Older, heavier devices can be 7 or 8 Kg in weight.

Consider the following when choosing a solution:

  • Will extra weight raise the centre of gravity of the wheelchair and cause 'tipping' issues;
  • How will a wheelchair cope with inclines/slopes with the mounting arm and device attached;
  • Can the user see past the device when attached;
  • Will the device need a quick release mechanism.
  • Is the wheelchair frame (or the edge of a desk) able to cope with a heavy mounting and device.

Suppliers

Some suppliers will provide a virtual mounting service; just ask them
- you take some pictures, tell them about your device and it's environment, and they'll suggest a solution.

This is a list of mounting suppliers:

What are the mounting options?

Rehadapt

REHAdapt are a German company who specialise in mountings. They sell in the UK through a variety of suppliers such as Smile Rehab and Inclusive Technology (they brand as 'Inclusive Mounting').

  • Made from aluminium;
  • light;
  • higher cost;
  • Easily adjusted;
  • Fairly rigid depending on system.

They have 3 main product ranges:

Daessy Mounting systems

A very rigid mounting solution able to cope with heavy devices. Daessy Mount is manufactured by the Canadian company Daedalus who supply heavy duty wheelchair mountings. They can be purchased through a number of suppliers such as Mounts and More or Smartbox.

  • Higher costs;
  • Much heavier than other mountings;
  • Made from steel;
  • Very rigid;
  • Locking 'swing away' systems;
  • Effective clamps for attaching to the wheelchair.

This is a promotional YouTube video showing the Daessy mounting system in general.

Looking for a table or floor stand?

Daessy Table Stand

A very rigid mounting solution able to cope with heavier devices due to its low centre of gravity. They can be purchased through a number of suppliers such as Mounts and More or Smartbox.

  • Made from steel;
  • Fairly easy to adjust;
  • Fairly expensive;
  • Folds down for transporting.

The model shown is the 'DM' stand but you also get a folding deskstand called the 'XDS' which is suited for lighter devices.

Rehadapt Table Stand

As this is a taller stand it is not suited for heavier devices (above 5Kg or so). They sell in the UK through a variety of suppliers such as Smile Rehab and Inclusive Technology.

  • Made from aluminium;
  • light;
  • Fairly expensive;
  • Easily adjusted;
  • Folds down for transporting.

Rehadapt Floor Stand

Very sturdy and secure and ideal for above a bed or with wheelchairs. They sell in the UK through a variety of suppliers such as Smile Rehab and Inclusive Technology.

  • Made from aluminium;
  • light;
  • Fairly expensive;
  • Easily adjusted;
  • Has to be dismantled for transporting.