Key Holder Keys On Wheelchair

View of entire Key Holder. Large loop (encased in plastic tubing) is for hanging on push-handle. Ring for extra keys.

Key Holder hanging on push-handle of wheelchair.

At the University of Illinois I had a room to myself in a regular dormitory, which meant I had to be able to lock and unlock the door, especially to keep the bogey-man out at night. I solved the problem by using a special Key Holder which I held in my mouth.

Ralph Cook, who worked in the equipment and prosthetics shop of the University of Illinois Rehabilitation-Education Center, gets the credit for coming up with this device. The main part is made of very tough plastic. At one end it is shaped to fit comfortably between my teeth. The other end has slots into which keys can be fitted. The keys are secured in the slots by a screw which passes through the Key Holder and the holes in the keys. Near the mouthpiece end a string is attached so the whole thing can be hung on the left push-handle of my wheelchair. This string is encased in plastic tubing so its loop will remain open.

Inserting Key Turning Key

Inserting key into lock holding my Key Holder between my teeth.

Turning entire Key Holder to lock or unlock door.

To use it, I grasp the mouthpiece between my teeth as the Key Holder hangs on my wheelchair and lift it off. The key is inserted into the lock, the mouthpiece released, and the door either locked or unlocked by turning the entire Key Holder with my chin. The mouthpiece is grasped once again, the key is pulled from the lock, and the Key Holder is hung back on the left push-handle of my wheelchair.

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