Case Histories:
Amputation

JJ is a middle-aged professional lady had a trans-humeral amputation of her dominant right arm meaning she could no longer touch type, or make telephone calls while driving with a one-handed adaptation, both of which were necessary for her self-employed business.

I found a solution to provide her to access her mobile phone while driving one-handed, which was both safe and within the law. I recommended speech recognition software along with a compact keyboard for occasional one-handed typing to provide her with a much faster speed of text entry than typing with just her left hand.


YLP
is a young girl lost the first three digits of her non-dominant left hand in an accident. This made her a slow typist, and she also had difficulties riding a bicycle due to compromised grip and her inability to operate the rear brake. I was also instructed to consider appropriate car adaptations in order that she could learn to drive and continue to drive thereafter.


I recommended speech recognition software along with a compact keyboard for one-handed occasional typing to provide her with a much faster speed of text entry than typing with just her right hand. I made recommendations for a rear pedalling brake on her bicycle in order that the compromised use of her left-hand would only be used to grip the handlebar, and found appropriate adaptations for a car handbrake which she would be able to use despite her severely compromised grip in her left hand, with this adaptation fitted to a compact car with automatic transmission.