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Winners of the 39th Maddak Awards Competition for Innovative Product Design Announced at 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference
Date:7/31/2013

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The People’s Choice award was presented to Justin Takeoka, a student at Samuel Merritt University, who devised a lock adapter to make battery removal from a wheelchair easier. Takeoka noted that "Originally, removal of the battery required that the user use one hand to simultaneously depress a thumb lever located on the battery while pulling up on the battery handle. The Wheelchair Battery Thumb Lever Lock separates the simultaneous actions into two independent tasks." The adaptive device locks the thumb lever into the depressed position allowing the user to concentrate their effort on pulling up on the battery handle.

A complete list of winners and their product innovations can be can be viewed on the Maddak website at: http://www.maddak.com/pages.php?page=awards_winners.

Preparations are already underway for the 40th Annual Maddak Award Competition which will be held during the April AOTA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, see the AOTA website: http://www.aota.org.

About Maddak

Maddak Inc. manufactures products that simplify the tasks of daily living – eating, drinking, dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, etc. – for seniors, people with disabilities and people undergoing rehabilitation. The company mission is to provide quality products that enable people to maximize their independence a
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