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Maddak Awards Winners 2014 Bookmark and Share



Entry Form 2014 Maddak Awards Winners 2015 Awards Info Maddak Intercollegiate Challenge


Maddak Awards Booth at AOTA conference

2014 AOTA Conference
Baltimore, MA
April 2014


Winners of the 40th Annual Maddak Awards Competition for Product Design were announced at an awards breakfast sponsored by Maddak Inc. during the AOTA meeting in Baltimore, MD. Six individual winners were selected by a panel of judges from the local OT chapter. Entries were categorized as Professional or Student.  Exhibit attendees were also invited to submit votes for their favorite Maddak Awards entry.  The entry with the most votes received a special 'People's Choice' award of $300+ in OT inspired ADLs.


  Professional Student
1st Prize

Amy Mahle, MHA, COTA/L, Assistant Professor
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
ATM Assist

Abby Barton
San Jose State University
Swing Seat
2nd Prize Amber Ward, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP
Carolinas Medical Center
Keyboard Aid
Rebecca Talley/Taylor Starnes
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Position U
3rd Prize Heather Murphy, OTR 
Julia Manor
Universal Board
Pharis Chandler Graham
University of Central Arkansas
Hands Free Magnetized Fishing Pole


People's Choice Award Winner

Allison Noyes, Student, Bay Path College – Steady Sips Bottle

The Steady Sips Bottle has a screw-off bottom compartment that allows the weight of the bottle to be changed according to the consumer’s need. Added weight helps with tremors or lack of muscle control in the hands or arms. The added weight also helps suppress uncontrolled movement, allowing the user to bring the bottle to the mouth independently. The bottle also has added handles as well as a sports cap which benefits consumer by having a bigger mouth piece than the typical lid.
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Intercollegiate Challenge Winner

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, 11 Student Entries 

Cabarrus College focuses on health sciences education and offers bachelor and associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and continuing education on a non-residential campus.  The college will admit its first Masters in OT students this fall in their new OTA to OT bridge program.

Courses are offered in a traditional on-campus setting and through distance education. Highly regarded in the healthcare community, Cabarrus College offers small class sizes and personal attention to make its students successful in the workplace or in continuing their academic career.
Cabarrus College is located on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center-North East in Concord, North Carolina, the leading tertiary care center in the north-Charlotte region, and is affiliated with Carolinas Healthcare System.
Faculty and students from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program have been enthusiastically entering the Maddak Awards each year, and have a history of winning, with 7 student and 8 faculty awards since 2001.


Professional Awards


1st Place – Amy Mahle, MHA, COTA/L, Assistant Professor, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
ATM Assist

The ATM Assist was created for a lady with a spinal cord injury who wanted to be independent in using the ATM. She lacks enough pinch strength to pull the card out of the ATM machine. The device was created to remain attached to the ATM or debit card, which also makes it easy for retrieval from her purse or wallet. Simply place a digit through the adjustable loop, insert card in the machine, and pull out easily and safely. The device is compact enough to allow it to remain in place so that the card can still be used in various other merchant card readers.


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2nd Place – Amber Ward, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP, OT Coordinator, Dept. of Neurology, Carolinas Medical Center Keyboard Aid

This device will allow people with the use of only one hand to perform the Control/Alt/Delete function when they are first logging into their work computers. The small U-shaped device is weighted enough to press down the Control/Alt keys while the user presses the Delete key with useful hand. After logging in, they can use Sticky Keys.

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3rd Place – Heather Murphy, OTR, Julia ManorUniversal Board

The “Universal Board” is a transfer board, and foot support in one. The Universal Board is designed for wheelchairs 22-34 inches wide. It was specially crafted with notches to be easily placed on foot supports and 3 in 1 commode seats (with drop arm), with added holes for strapping. The board is easily removed by the patient/staff and provides comfort, safety and independence and can be easily removed by the user or caregiver. Americans are getting bigger with more physical debilities, however our equipment to care for these patients is lacking. The Universal Board was developed out of necessity, however we have found it to be very useful and cost effective for many of our patients decreasing the need for mechanical lifts.


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Student Awards

1st Place – Abby Barton, San Jose State UniversitySwing Seat

The Swing Seat was designed to provide a child with cerebral palsy the experience of swinging. Due to spasticity and her AFO’s, the child was not able to use the swings at the park near her house or her school and did not have access to an adaptive park. The Swing Seat simply hooks onto a standard park swing allowing her to swing on any swing set. It was designed with a soft padded back that slightly reclines for comfort and security. The swing uses an H-strap harness to strap the child into the swing and provides stability across the hips and chest. It is easily unbuckled to provide convenient access into and out of the Swing Seat. The Swing Seat is foldable, easily portable and able to adjust any standard park swing eliminating the need for a adaptive playground.

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2nd Place – Rebecca Talley/Taylor Starnes, Cabarrus College of Health SciencesPosition U

Position U is an easy-to-use positioning pillow which greatly benefits CVA (cerebral vascular accident) patients, patients who have lengthy hospital stays, and pregnant or nursing mothers. Position U eliminates the need for multiple standard pillows which tend to move around, prevents contractures, edema, and pressure sores, and provides optimal support for patients. Position U is specially designed to effortlessly transition into five different positions including: lying supine, lying on affected and unaffected sides, sitting up in bed, and sitting in wheelchair. Because of its plush case, notches for head and extremities, and flaps which cover the hook and loop fasteners, Position U provides optimal comfort for anyone. Position U is also very sanitary due to its waterproof cover that can be washed with any disinfectant when needed, and a machine washable case that is easy to remove. Position U is a great product that can help many individuals suffering from CVA and other disabilities, their caregivers and women who are pregnant or nursing.

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3rd Place – Pharis Chandler Graham, University of Central Arkansas Hands Free Magnetized Fishing Pole

The magnetized adaptive fishing pole is a piece of equipment that allows for full independence for casting and reeling in patients with no or little hand function, limited UE ROM, or muscle strength. By utilizing a strong magnetized reeling mechanism and an extended release button, the only UE requirements are slight elevation of the shoulders and slight abduction and adduction of the arms for casting. Patients with limited bilateral hand use, pronation, supination, or bicep use can utilize this pole. The device cost less than $10 to construct using used and new items.

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