May 11, 2008

Playing Pool One-Handed from a Wheelchair

I saw a photo recently of a stroke survivor in a wheelchair who was playing pool using a standard bridge to help with the shot. There is a much better device to use for one-handed pool players---standing or seated in a wheelchair. These can be made for under $5.00. There are
similar ones on the web but they cost a small fortune. A woodcarving club made several of these for Don and his speech class buddies, but anyone who is half-way handy could duplicate them. The body measures 1 3/4" x 2" x 3/4" and the wheels are 1 1/2". The hole fits a cue stick. (This cue aid is photographed with a pencil, not an actual cue stick.)

Also, a Google search can help you local billiard leagues for persons who use wheelchairs.

Source: My Aphasia and Stroke Caregivers Guide


Jellen said...

Way Cool! I will look into it for my husband. Also, he plays cards and has a great one-handed card holder made of wood. Have you see one before?

The Aphasia Decoder.... said...

Yes, I have seen the homemade wooden card holders. Don has one and it looks kind of pie shaped when viewed from the end. It has three long slots cut to hold the cards and because of the angle of the wood, the cards stand up at three different heights. They must have started with a piece of wood 1 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 10". The slots are 1/2" deep.