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'lawry' Rotary Attachment For Paraplegics

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rotating transfer device to allow paraplegics to use the toilet then swing away from the toilet on the same seat to use the shower hose. Device made of a U shaped seat held horizontally with the help of an S shaped cantelever system fastened to the floor and using ball and taper bearings to let it rotate. This is used in conjunction with an overhead support which allows paraplegics or lower extremity amputees with upper body strength to toilet and show

"chairpod" Camera Support.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids in the inability to hold a standard 35mm SLR camera and reduces time in setting up a standard tripod. Camera is mounted to a wooden cone which sits on wooden piece of board that may be clamped to wheelchair or chair. COMMENTS: "Chairpod" is excellent for severely limited no hand or one hand use. Those without hands would require assistance in focusing camera. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment

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“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRYPURPOSE: To create a simple device to help individuals with dropped head syndrome (DHS) maintain their head in the upright position. The “baseball cap orthosis” is made using a well-fitting baseball cap without an adjustment buckle in the back. The system consists of two bands with strips of Velcro at the end. One band is permanently attached to the back of the cap. That band is then be inserted under the clothing to a level below the rib cage. The second band functions as

90 Degree Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons who have developed a hook or palmer grasp or for persons with a wrist splint or cast. Standard pick is inserted sideways into a slit at one end of a thin dowel 5 inches long. the other end is fitted into a 4 inch by 1/2-1 inch thick wooden holder at a 90 degree angle. Encourages flexion of the fingers.Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Simple woodworking. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Mult

A-Frame.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: An eight foot high A- Frame with a heavy duty swivel hook to be used as a base for hammocks, tire swings, chair or platform swings that can be used for vestibular stimulation. Instructions for constructing a large A-frame using three 4 by 4 inches by 8 feet boards and 3/4 inch plywood. Lists materials needed. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Arnold, P L TITLE: Designing for Individual Needs: A Manual on the Design of Environments

Abduction Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Short straight board fastened to the floor to stop a child's legs from crossing while learning to walk. Instructions for making an abduction board of plywood about 6 inches high and adjustable length. It is held to the floor with angle brackets. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 98-99. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC

Accelerometer based gesture recognition for controlling a LED

Accelerometer based gesture recognition for controlling a LED is designed to enable a wider range of people to use the application such as elderly, deaf, and hard of hearing individuals with limited upper and lower extremity strength and coordination.

Accessible Kitchen Counter

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who use a wheelchair to get under and use a counter. A molded laminate countertop can be supported by installing upright shelf tracks on the kitchen wall and adding deep shelf brackets. Wheelchairs fit underneath and the counter is thin enough to be useful. TITLE: The Accessible Kitchen Counter. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/counter.htm. REF: The originator, Bruce Barney, can be contacted at efn

Accessible Scooter With Putt-Putt Attachment

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide support during a recreational game of putt-putt golf.

Accessible Washers And Dryers.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation of coin operated, front loading washer and dryer to allow access to the controls for people in wheelchairs. The washer and dryer controls, normally at the top rear of the machines, were duplicated on panels at the front of each machine, attached to the original controls with flexible cable. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For additional information contact: Dr Roy Norris, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Rehabilitation Engineerin

Accessible Washers And Dryers.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Enables person in a wheelchair to reach controls on back panel of a washing machine or dryer. Controls are brought forward, even with the front of the machines. Rotary selection knob of washer connects by flexible cable to a large 3 pronged handle which provides leverage. Labeling of the various cycles was placed on a large circle immediately behind the control handle. Dryer cycle selection knobs are duplicated at the front of the machine by large circ

Adaptation Of Axillary Crutches.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation of an axillary crutch to allow a high upper extremity amputee in a non- weightbearing leg cast to ambulate with crutches. The crutch adaptation consisted of a figure eight harness which went around the patient's shoulders and fastened with velcro around the top of the crutch to hold it under the arm; and a frame to hold the crutch 6 inches from the cast so it moved with the leg and did not scissor in front of the patient. Includes photograph

Adaptations For Independent Use Of Cassette Tape Recorder/radio By High-Level Quadriplegic Patients.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mouthsticks and adapted holder for cassettes to allow a C-3 to C-5 quadriplegic to operate a tape recorder/radio in order to listen to music independently. This adaptation needs two mouthsticks made of metal, plastic or wood: one about 50 cm long with a friction tip (i.e., a dowel and and a pencil eraser), and one that separates into two 9 cm "fingers" with 1 cm projections to fit into the holes in the cassette; a cassette holder tilted at a 70-degree

Adapted Bocce

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Students with disabilities may experience difficulty in throwing activities, such as bocce. Using the gutter as a ramp provides active participation for those students with movement limitations due to contractures, abnormal muscle tone, etc. The ramp is lightweight, easily transported, and contracts for little storage space. Students may use the ramp as they sit (easiest and great for kids with wheelchairs). Standing, aiming the ramp, and holding th

Adapted Book

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable children with limited hand or finger control to turn pages independently. To adapt the book, number the pages in the book; cut the book apart to separate each page. Laminate each page of the story. Three-hole punch each page and put it in the binder in order. Cut weather stripping into half-inch chunks, peel the backing off each piece and place two or three pieces on each page: one at the top, one at the bottom, and one in the middle. Slide the cov

Adapted Bow

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Idea on how to use conventional recurve bow without any adaptations for a below elbow prosthesis. A nine inch length of parachute cord fits behind the wrist washer of the prosthesis and loops around the bowstring. Includes pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Brandt, Barbara. TITLE: Amputees Bowhunt and Golf with Special Aids. REF: Journal: Accent on Living, Fall 1983. 1983.

Adapted Camera Mount With Tripod, And Pan-Tilt Functions For A Wheelchair Bound Photographer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modifications to professional camera equipment to allow a quadriplegic with little muscle strength to continue a hobby of photography. Describes and provides drawings illustrating construction, limitations and functions of a camera mount head, a support frame and adaptations concerning a holding block for cable release, holding block for electronic shutter release, quick focusing ring, angle bracket and carrier bracket. Lists camera equipment and acces

Adapted Child Jacket

DO-IT-YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create a customized jacket for a child with severe disabilities.This particular child gets hot very easily, which can bring on seizures so getting a jacket on and off easily is essential. This custom adaptation takes a regular child’s jacket and opens it up the back. This adaptation is ideal for non-hooded jackets but can be used with hooded jackets as well. First lay the jacket flat and cut a slit up the back from the bottom all the way to the top. Sew a sea

Adapted Cone-Handled Sander.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sander with four cone- shaped handles, two horizontal, two vertical, developed as a therapeutic tool where arm strengthening and functional positioning of the fingers is needed. Describes a sander made from pine board 3 feet by 12 inches by 1 1/4 inches and pine or plywood 6 by 7 by 3/4 inches. Lists tools and materials needed, including a table saw and lathe, and describes fabrication. Includes diagrams and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. A

Adapted Controller For Remote Control Cars

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist a child with upper extremity disabilities with operating remote control cars. A two-stick controller for model airplanes was more manageable for the child, who lacked the grip strength to use the pistol grip controller for remote-controlled cars and trucks. The cars were set up to be controlled by a single stick, with steering and speed control on the same stick. The controller operates similarly to that of a powered wheelchair and has adjustable-tensi

Adapted Crutches For Patients With Little Or No Hand Grasp.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification to forearm crutch accommodates patient with decreased muscle strength in hands and wrists. Two inch wide aluminum strip attaches to shaft of crutch just above handgrip. Strip is molded across hand and attaches by means of screws to the open end of handgrip. Strip is padded with foam rubber and covered with naugahyde. Photographs included. COMMENTS: User should have near normal range of motion in wrist extension and fair shoulder and elbow

Adapted Desk.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Desk designed and modified by someone with cerebral palsy so he could store items where they are easy for him to reach and to hold books for reading. Made from single pedestal desk 48 by 30 inches wide with legs shortened. Bookcase made of 3/4 inch hardwood with two shelves. Two tilted wooden trays, extended across the desk, are used as bookholder. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. TITLE: Adapted Desk JOURNAL: Accent on Living REF: Vol 30 No 1, Summer 1985

Adapted Golf Club.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prosthetic terminal device for golf club. A golf club is inserted into a tapered piece of metal pipe and a thumb screw is tightened to hold the club in place. Attached to this is a metal rod cut in two and held in place by a piece of polyurethane tubing (to simulate the wrist movement in swing- through). The third part is threaded and attaches to the wrist unit of the prosthesis. A piece of sponge rubber tubing covers the area where the device inserts

Adapted Grab Bar For An Armchair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Grab bar to assist person in standing up from upholstered armchair. Two metal strips attach to side frame of armchair. Two steel pipes form the bar. One attaches vertically to the metal strips. The second, horizontal bar attaches to the vertical one. A specially fabricated joint allows the horizontal bar to pivot or to lock in position, providing a stable hand grip. Measurements determine the optimum distance from chair for vertical bar and the optimum

Adapted Jeep

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a person who uses a wheelchair to use a Jeep. A used passenger seat, small crane, and a winch were used to create a hoist that lifts the user into the passenger seat and the wheelchair into the rear cargo area. MATERIALS: Automotive passenger seat, small crane, and a winch. TOOLS: Shop tools. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop and mechanic’s skills. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. REF: Volume 12, Number 1, January/February 2005. WEB: http://www.mdau

Adapted Knife For Partial Hand-Amputation Patients.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted knife and cutting board to allow slicing and chopping by a person with a partial hand or partial use of a hand. Device consists of a wooden cutting board with a swivel pin at one end to which a chopping knife can be fastened by its tip. Materials include the board (about 15 by 18 inches), a ten inch chef's knife, a 1 1/2 inch aluminum cotter pin and a 2 1/2 inch aluminum piston bolt. The board can be anchored to a table or counter with suction

Adapted Long Handled Garden Tools.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled tools are easier to use if the forearm is secured to the handle. A leather cuff is attached to the shaft of the tool and has velcro straps to secure the forearm. A wooden scythe handle is attached to the shaft with a hose clamp just below the cuff to grasp with hand. Includes materials list and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly, Sewing. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monog

Adapted Minicon.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Assistive listening device for increased volume in conversations. The MINICOM is sold as a TV listening system. Simple instructions are provided to adapt the MINICOM as an all-purpose audio loop for one-on-one or group conversations. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR:Paschell, William. TITLE: Do-it-Yourself Listening and Signaling Devices for People with Hearing Impairment. REF: Monograph: available from William Paschell, 3717 May St., Wheaton, MD 2

Adapted Plate For Use In A Microwave Oven.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to a plastic microwave plate to allow it to be used by a person with limited or no hand function. Describes adaptation which consists of an arc shaped handle made of 1/8 inch polypropylene. Handle measures 16 inches long and one inch wide except at the ends where a 1/2 inch section is 2 inches wide. Two notches are cut on opposite sides of the plate with a wider slit on the inside of the notch; rounded sections are cut out of the strip to al

Adapted Puzzle

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable children with limited hand or finger control to play with puzzles independently. One wooden knob is attached to each puzzle piece in a spot where the picture is not obscured. The knob can be attached with either self-adhesive Velcro or using a hot glue gun. To use Velcro, cut pieces of Velcro the size of the knob. Place the smooth side of the Velcro on the puzzle. Secure the Velcro with a firm push, or heat with a blow dryer. To glue the handle in

Adapted Rain Poncho For The Wheelchair Bound Individual.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Protects children who use wheelchairs from rain and snow so that they may participate in outside activities in inclement weather. Poncho is constructed of .8 meter by 3.7 meter piece of durable transparent plastic held together by white cotton thread, masking tape and velcro. Transparent silicone is used to waterproof the seams. Canvas or nylon can also be used as the primary fabric. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Liu, L; Hillers, T TITLE: Adapted Ra

Adapted Ski Pole

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with grasping disabilities to use a ski pole. A glove was specially sewn from a mitt to contain just two fingers. The fingers fit on either side of the post. The hand is held in place by the wide Velcro band around the arm and the wrist, which is made flexible by a rubber joint. TITLE: The Adapted Skipole. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/skipole1.htm. REF: The originator, Tom Jeary, can be contact

Adapted Table Tennis Racket.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted table tennis racket for person without fingers. The racket fits onto the person's hand and wrist. Racket paddle is constructed from 1/4 inch plywood, two side supports are made from 3/4 inch aluminum strips that are slightly longer than the hand and wrist. Bolt the supports to the racket. Secure a soft quilted snow mitten without the thumb between the side supports and place two wide elastic straps around the mitten and supports for greater rac

Adapted Table Tennis Racket.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted table tennis racket for person using a prosthetic hook. Racket paddle is constructed from 1/4 inch plywood, with a handle made from 3/4 inch wood. An outline of the hook is drawn on the handle, and a knife is used to cut out the shape of the hook. The hook should fit snugly to keep the racket secure while playing table tennis. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Jim Cowart TITLE: Teacher Made Devices for Archery, Badminton,

Adapting Puzzles

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To provide several do-it-yorself options for adapting puzzles for children with grasping and fine motor skill disabilities. First, cut notches into the side of the puzzles pieces to make them easier to grasp. A second method reqires adding handles of some kind to the puzzle pieces (i.e. a knob, empty thread spool, or section of dowel rod). If the puzzle came with knobs, but they are too small, replace them with larger knobs. Third, if the child cannot grasp

Adaptive Baby Crib

This Adaptive Baby Crib is intended for parents with a physical disability. Is designed and made at home and intended to be adapted according to the needs of the parent. 

Adaptive Device For Polecat Transfer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation of a Polecat to aid in wheelchair transfers for persons with some arm and leg muscle strength. Describes a turntable attachment made of two blocks of wood about 10 by 5 by 2 fastened together with a hinge on one side and a gate latch on the other; a semicircular platform with an 8 inch radius nailed to each block; and a hole drilled through platform and block to allow the device to be fastened around a Polecat. The patient places both feet o

Adaptive Device For The Quadriplegic Golfer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Orthosis designed to allow a person with arm movement but no hand grip to use a golf club with one hand. Describes an orthosis made of thermoplastic molded to fit the lower arm, lined with polyethylene foam and held on with straps and loops. A strip of stainless steel is riveted into a depression inside the splint and the golf club is fastened, using clamps, to the splint. Other adaptations include an adjustable head on the club, a grip on the club sha

Adaptive Kneeler For Handicapped Children.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Box-like frame intended to hold a child in a two point kneeling position. Instructions for building a plywood rectangular box with L-shaped sides to be as high in front as the child's armpits but lower in back to allow visual inspection. The frame is built so that a slat can be slipped behind the child to maintain hip extension. The child kneels on a thick piece of foam which extends only to the ankle to encourage ankle dorsiflexion. The frame is appro

Add-On Tray, The

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To keep crayons, drinks, and other items within reach of a wheelchair user. The add on tray shown was custom built of 3/8-ply to slide over the standard wheelchair tray. Multiple compartments allow her to keep crayon colors and other small items organized and hold drinks. TITLE: The Add-On Tray. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/ad_on_tray.htm. REF: The originator, Tom Jeary, can be contacted at tlj@golden.net.

Address File Communication Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Communication board consisting of a rocker switch connected to a small battery powered address file with pictures, symbols or words on the roll of paper, intended to facilitate communication for severely disabled persons with good cognitive abilities. Lists materials needed to adapt the address file (Auto-Directory from Radio Shack or similar product) and to manufacture the switch. Provides detailed instructions on constructing the device. Includes pho

Adjustable Alignment Device For Blind Putter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Gives blind golfers a way of keeping putters aligned with the direction of the cup. Can also be used for putting in miniature golf. Diagram and suggested material list for an adjustable device which lays on the ground in front of the blind golfer. A partner or caddy assists the blind putter by giving auditory cues and helping to line up the device. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: TITLE: IRUC Briefings. REF:Journal: January: Published by American

Adjustable Angle Key Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device allows alternate hand positions to be used when holding a key to unlock a door. Photo shows one example of key lengthened by attaching simple hardware. Suggestion is to determine best hand position for functional key use, then adjust angle of key holder to correspond to the angle of the lock in the door. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education &

Adjustable Armrest For Disabled Artist.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable angle device to support the arm of an artist while painting or drawing. Describes device made of wood: a piece long enough to support the arm (from the elbow) and hand hinged to a base, with the support also hinged so it can be slotted into holes on the base, making it adjustable; the part that the arm rests on is padded for comfort. The device rests on a table, as does the easel. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. TITLE: Adj

Adjustable Book Rest.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Book rest which adjusts to hold the book at many angles. Book rest made of wood, with wing nuts and bolts to provide adjustability. Provides shopping list of materials needed, instructions and diagram. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 88-89. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3460 PAGES (including cover): 3 1985.

Adjustable Communication Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Card or small object holder intended as a communication board. Describes plywood board with slots, to hold picture cards, made of plywood strips, a vinyl pocket to hold the cards, and a small shelf. The board is hinged to pieces of wood to allow it to be set at various angles. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Arnold, P L TITLE: Designing for Individual Needs: A Manual on the Design of Environments, Furnishings and Materials for I

Adjustable Floor Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Floor table adjusts to set work area at proper height and angle for child. Plywood table with 12 inch by 18 inch top. Upper side panels measure 8 inches by 12 inches; lower side panels measure 10 inches by 12 inches. Double side panels allow user to adjust height and angle. Softwood edge can be added around front and top sides. A cutout can also be added. To determine the correct size and shape of the cutout, bend a piece of coat hanger or other soft w

Adjustable Height Silverware.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fork or spoon attached to an L shaped handle for use by persons with limited arm movement. Illustrates a device consisting of a wood or plastic handle attached to a strip of 1/8 by 1 inch aluminum of the required length, bent at right angles at the top and bottom. The fork or spoon is riveted to the top bend at the desired angle. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: M

Adjustable Opening Pot Lifter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lifter, or handle for picking up small roasting pans, cake tins and other small pans with a lip. Handle made with a piece of plastic pipe union (or a piece of plastic pipe about 4 inches long and 1 inch in diameter) and two pieces of 1/8 inch stainless steel wire. The wire is slipped through the pipe and bent at its edges at 90 degrees with one wire fitted into notches to hold it steady and the other allowed to swing free. The tips of the wires are ben

Adjustable Work Carrel.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Work carrels, one with an adjustable work surface, the other with a hinged work surface to allow variation in placement including people needing to use their feet. Three sided carrel with adjustable height horizontal surface. A second version has a segmented hinged work surface to allow additional variations. Detailed assembly drawings are shown. They have been represented in a very small font. Contact developer for larger prints. COMMENTS: For additio

Aid For Closing And Opening Doors From Wheelchairs For Entering And Leaving The Home.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to push or pull a door shut from a wheelchair. Aid made of a piece of broom handle or dowel with a crutch tip on one end and a leather loop at the other, which can be hung on a hook by the door. The leather loop hooks around the doorknob to allow the door to be pulled shut without a lot of maneuvering of the wheelchair. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Ind

Aid For Inserting Paper Into Typewriter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to insert paper into typewriter for those with minimal hand function. Paper insert attachment is for the end of a mouthstick or for use with a quad cuff typing stick. A piece of low temperature thermal plastic 3 inches by 1 inch is beveled on one of the short ends. Two holes are punched just off center in the middle and the plastic is heated and folded in half lengthwise. A dowel is inserted through the holes and the plastic forms a clip like devic

Aid For Putting On Socks.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to help pull on a sock for a person with insufficient knee bend to reach the foot. Materials include heavy paper (the weight of a file folder), a yard or so of twill tape and 2 stocking garters. Provides instructions for making the aid and instructions for use. Includes a grid pattern for the paper form, and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta,

Aid For Removing Gas Cap.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted knob turner can be used by those with limited hand function to remove automobile gas caps. Drill a hole in the center of a small piece of wooden rod or dowel that will serve as the handle. Epoxy a 1/4 by 6 inch rod into the handle. Weld a 1/2 inch U bolt to the other end of the rod. To use opener, hook the U bolt over the ears of the gas cap and twist. Another model, a wooden shaft with a handle is also described. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking.

Aid To Independence: Hand Splint For Cerebral Palsied Children.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hand splint to enable a child with cerebral palsy to hold a pencil, crayon or stick. Discusses construction of the splint, rationale for use and advantages and disadvantages. The splint consists of 2 parts: a molded plastic forearm splint with straps to keep the hand at 20 percent extension, and a dowel for the child's fingers to fit around which has a hole to hold a pencil or crayon. Includes drawings and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR

Algebra Teaching Aid

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To assist individuals who are blind in learning to multiply monomials. The device provides a tactile representation of the FOIL method of multiplying (First terms in each set of parentheses; then the Outer terms; then the Inner terms; and then the Last terms). This article describes a set of manipulatives created to aid in locating the appropriate terms in the proper positions. The device uses a folder and four library card pockets. Two pockets are fixed to each half

All By Myself

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To help children with fine motor and grasping difficulties turn the pages of a book. Materials Needed: Book, several empty daily lens cases, adhesive (glue or tape). Instructions: 1. Determine how many contact lens cases will be need for the selected book. 2. Attach one contact lens case to a page using either glue or tape. If using glue, allow the first to dry on the page before attaching the next contact lens case. Ways to Adapt this Activity: Atta

Alphabet And Number Caps

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Caps can be used in activities to help children learn to recognize letters and numbers.

Alphabet Discovery Bottle

The Alphabet Discovery Bottle is an letter recognition sensory bottle designed for children with intellectual difficulties to help them through olfactory sense and proprioception with learning the alphabet, to allow them a calming way to learn the letters of the alphabet. Depending on the size/weight of the bottle this can be a motor activity, movements carried out when the brain, nervous system, and muscles work together.

Alphabet Puzzle

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with cognitive, learning, severe physical, or neurological disabilities with alphabet and shape recognition and fine motor development. Simple four- to ten-piece cardboard puzzles with puzzle boards were adapted by fastening self-adhesive Velcro on the puzzle pieces. Lowercase alphabet letters are placed on the puzzle pieces and corresponding uppercase letters are placed on the puzzle board. When the student matches the letters and places the

Alphaboxes

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To teach braille letter recognition to pre-readers. The activity uses a container with six compartments to represent a braille cell (a muffin tin or a plastic box divided into three rows of two compartments each).Children arrange objects starting with the corresponding letter in the compartment(s) to match the pattern of the braille letter. The number of items used corresponds to the number of dots that form the letter. For example, one plastic apple might represent the

Alterations For Special Conditions: Clothing Made Difficult To Remove.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Demonstrates clothing that fastens in the back for persons who may undress at inappropriate times. Suggests putting zippers in the back of shirts and dresses, so they cannot be unfastened in the front. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Bowar, M T TITLE: Clothing for the Handicapped: Fashion Adaptations for Adults and Kids REF: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Sister Kenny Institute: p 39 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0443 PAGES ( including cover): 2 197

Altering Jacket.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Altering a jacket to remove excess fabric from the back of a jacket for person sitting in a wheelchair. The back of the jacket is shortened so that the finished hem is level with the seat of the chair. Extra fullness is removed from the front panels. Drawings show where to remove fabric. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Bowar, M. TITLE: Clothing for the Handicapped, Fashion for Adults and Children. REF: Book: Sister Kenny Institute Rehabilitation Publi

Alternative Door Opener (Ado)

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY PURPOSE: To assist individuals with upper extremity and mobility disabilities in activating a large-button powered door operator. Resembling a baton, this device is made from a wooden cylinder with a section cut from a bicycle handlebar grip covering the end used to push the activator button. The ADO is attached to the side of the door operator pad/button using Velcro. DIMENSIONS: 12 inches long x 0.75 inch in diameter. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills with a table saw.

Ambulation Aid For Nonweightbearing Foot And Ankle Injuries.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Ambulation aid which holds the leg at a 90 degree angle, allowing someone with a foot or ankle injury to bear the weight on the knee and shin, alleviating the need for crutches. Describes weight bearing brace which resembles a crutch cut down with a padded trough at knee level to support the leg at a 90 degree angle. There are two straps that go around the thigh, and a support over the trochanter. Works on the principle of a prosthesis. COMMENTS: May b

Amputee Board For Below-Knee Amputees.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Padded extension to one side of a wheelchair seat to allow the stump of an above-knee amputee to be elevated and remain in extension. Instructions for building a board to fit between the wheelchair and its cushion with retractable shelves that can accommodate either a left or right amputee; and a foam pad with strips of velfoam which attaches to pieces of velcro on the shelf. Includes list of materials, drawings and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodwo

An Adapted Bowling Device For Severely Disabled Individuals.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted bowling device that permits severely involved cerebral palsied students to participate in the activity of bowling. A release aid is attached to a bowling ramp that is activated by slight pressure on a large switch. Aid is constructed of piece of plywood 7 inches by 4 1/2 inches with a rectangular hole cut into it. Permanent 12 volt DC motor is used to rotate a metal arm which holds and releases the bowling ball. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AU

Angled Footrest.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Padded, angled footrest for use when seated in an armchair. Lists materials (wood) needed and provides instructions for constructing a footstool angled to support the feet in comfort. The height and angle of the stool can be determined by experimenting with cushions. Should be well padded, particularly under the heels. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 84-

Ankle And Wrist Bells.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small bells sewn to straps to tie around wrists and ankles to encourage movement and rhythm, as in dancing or moving to music. Three small round bells sewn to a strip of 1 inch tape long enough to fit the child's wrist or ankle, with four strips of 1/4 inch tape sewn on as ties. COMMENTS: The straps could also be fastened with velcro. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: So

Another Device For One-Handed Insulin Management.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold an insulin bottle securely so a person with one functioning hand can self- administer insulin. Provides diagram guide for construction of the bottle holder which calls for four small (1/2 inch) suction cups, 5 inches of 1/4 inch doweling cut into 4 equal lengths, a 4 1/2 by 2 by 1/ 2 inch piece of hard wood, a large rubber band, finishing nails and wood glue. The suction cups can hold the device on any smooth perpendicular surface. SKILL

Apple Keyboard.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification of an Apple computer keyboard to connect the shift and control keys to allow a caps lock function. Describes modifying an Apple keyboard with alternate action switches for the shift and control keys using an Alternate Action (Dual Action) P/N K705-0002 and 0-degree Guide P/N K815-0005 parts, obtainable from an Apple dealer. This allows typing in upper and lower case without needing to hold down one key while typing another. SKILLS REQUIRED

Apron For Walker

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Apron with pockets which ties onto a walker to help carry small objects. Drawing with instructions on sewing a carrier bag to tie on a walker, with pockets on the inside and outside. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1183 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980.

Arch Support

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids those who need additional cushioned foot support. Sponge and fabric materials make up the support. COMMENTS: The product is designed for those who wish to have a custom fitted and economical option for arch support.

Arm Glider Upper Extremity Support

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: An arm glider was to assist individuals with limited upper extremity strength to perform writing and other motor tasks.

Arm Sling.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Arm sling supported affected arm and transfer weight to unaffected shoulder. Instructions for making an arm sling out of fabric to match a dress. Reinforced fabric arm loops, and back strap with buckle for adjustments. Dimensions are provided on a detailed drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR:Bowar, M. TITLE:Clothing for the Handicapped, Fashion Adaptations for Adults and Children. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Institute Rehabilitation Publication 737.: p

Arm Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides support, elevation, or both for the forearm and hand of an individual setting in a wheelchair. Directions and materials given for 2 sizes of arm tray. diagram. similar to commercially available product. Attaches to wheelchair armrest. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking, plastics. AUTHOR: Fahland, B. TITLE: Wheelchair Selection: More Than Choosing a Chair With Wheels. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Institute, Minneapolis, MN; p 47- 48. 1976.

Armchair Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tray to fit close to the body and rest on the arms of an armchair, held in place with elastic straps. Plywood tray about 18 inches deep and wide enough to fit across the arms of the chair, with extensions on the bottom to keep it from slipping sideways; an edge across the front; a semicircular cutout to fit around the body; and elastic car roof rack straps to keep it from slipping forward. Lists materials needed and provides instructions and drawings.

Armrest Modification For Support Of Paretic Or Paralyzed Upper Extremity.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification of a wheelchair armrest to provide a surface for positioning or exercising a paralyzed or partially paralyzed arm. Describes an armrest made of wood padded with foam-backed carpet, which is attached to the arm of a wheelchair with a hose clamp, and which has a Velcro safety strap to hold the arm in place. Includes instructions, diagram and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Pifer, R G TITLE: Armrest Modification f

Artist Mouth Operated Brush/tool Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder overcomes difficulty of gripping and manipulating brush or tool with hands and fingers. An ordinary plastic or rubber kitchen mixing tool is adapted to serve as a means to grip and manipulate the artist's brush using the teeth. Rubber or plastic tubing can also be attached to the brush to enhance ability to grip and manipulate it using the teeth. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art and Disabilities, 55

Artist's Brush And Tool Handle Lengthening/widening Technique.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Methods of adapting artists' paint brushes to make them wider or longer for easier use by persons who hold them in the mouth. Describes three methods: taping a brush to a dowel of the desired size; inserting the brush into a drilled dowel; joining the ends of a brush and a dowel in a plastic tube. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art and Disabilities, 551 23rd St., Richmond, California 44804

Artist's Brush/tool Grip Adaptation.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptations to artists' paintbrushes to make them easier to use for people with difficulty in gripping and manipulating. Describes three adaptions: putting a piece of plastic tubing or plumber's pipe insulation over the handle; fastening the brush to a wooden dowel with a bolt and wing nut to allow adjusting angles; and putting the brush into a hole drilled through the diameter of the dowel. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: Nationa

Artist's Foot Powered Sanding/pounding Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow sanding or clay pounding with a foot; can also be adapted to hold some artist's tools. Three pieces of 1 inch board are made into a shallow U just large enough to fit the shoe of the intended user, and a leather strap to hold the device on the foot to which it is fastened. A hole can be drilled in the front to hold a tool such as a paintbrush. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on

Artist's Hand-Held Brush/tool Holders.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Overcomes difficulty in holding and manipulating artist's tools with fingers; circular holders offer two ways artist can obtain control of his/her equipment; can be used to thicken the shaft of brush or other tool to improve control over it. Brush/tool holder is contructed of leather strip sewn in place to form pocket for brush or tool with velcro sewn on ends for closure. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art

Artist's Head Operated Brush Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Headgear, either bought or manufactured, adapted to hold a paintbrush. Pictures device for an artist who cannot grasp or manipulate a paintbrush with hands and fingers. A helmet-like piece of headgear made with leather and metal or bought from an orthopedic supply house is fitted with an angled brush holder attached to either the top or sides. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art and Disabilities, 551 23rd St.

Artist's Mirror Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holds mirror for doing self-portrait. Could also be used for other applications where a freestanding and/or adjustable mirror needs to be stably positioned. Two versions shown. 1) Stationary mirror holder constructed from two 2 by 4 inch studs whose length matches that of the mirror. Mounted on a 3/ 4 inch by 10 inch plywood base. Mirror rests between studs. 2) Adjustable version constructed by adding two upright 2 by 4 studs between studs on base, and

Artist's Paint Jar Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Racks to hold baby food bottles, to serve as paint jars, giving them stability and prevent spilling of paint. Describes rack made of a piece of 1/4 inch plywood with holes large enough for baby food jars, fastened to a piece of 1 inch heavy wood the same size as the plywood using two strips of wood 1 1/2 inches wide. Suggests that a commercial spice rack fastened to a 2 by 4 inch board could also be used. COMMENTS: For further information contact devel

Artist's Table Easel.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wooden easel which can be positioned at any angle on table. Diagram shows double easels, hinged at top. Each plywood face is set on a wooden base. Wood strips on base position easel. Easel could be made in various sizes. Note that materials list and cutting layout sketch are not the same. Using a separate wooden base for each side of the easel would increase its adjustability. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools,

Artist's Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable angle table can be built to any height. Instructions for wooden table. Top is an adjustable angle easel. Frame can be built to any height including wheelchair accessible. Includes drawing and dimensions for materials. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking TITLE: Dream Table for an Artist REF: Article: Sunset Magazine, February 1990, pp 124B-125. PAGES (including cover):2 1990.

Artist's Tool Adaptations Made From Plumbing Supplies.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptations to artists brushes which improve ability to grip brush, and to adjust angle at which brush is gripped. Drawings illustrate how flexible faucet tubing, copper elbow and "T" joints and plumbers insulation can be used to create brush grips tailored to the angles needed by individual artists. Wooden dowels, and rivets are also needed. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for

Artist's Work Station

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable drawing table and felt tipped marker holder which can be controlled by an artist with no hand function using a mouthstick. The work station includes a commercial drawing table with a motor driven device to raise or lower the board, adjusted to allow control of the board angle; it uses magnets to hold paper onto the metal surface of the board; and a " lazy susan" device with holes in it to hold drawing implements, placed on a hospital style b

Ashmobile, The

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals who use walkers or crutches to ski. This device was designed to enable the user's hands to assist the skier's legs in supporting the body and also in executing turns. This was accompished by fastening a bar across the front and back of the skis in a manner that held them in a "snowplow" position but still allowed them to edge. At both ends of the front bar is a hole through which passes the outriggers (small skis on the end of standard cr

Assistive Device For Forearm Crutch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plastic loop fastened to the shaft of a forearm crutch at just above wrist level so that a forward movement of the arm carries the crutch forward, for persons with weak hands. A strip of plastic 11 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide is heated and bent into loops to fit around the arm on one side and the crutch shaft on the other, then fastened to the crutch with an adjustment screw assembly from a standard axillary crutch. Includes photographs. SKILLS RE

Assistive Device For Trumpet

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities and who used a wheelchair to play the trumpet. The trumpet was modified to allow the valves to be triggered electrically, through use of solenoids attached to the trumpet valves. A frame was built to mount the trumpet, switches, and necessary control circuity to the subject's wheelchair. The switches were positioned on the frame to permit their operation with wrist, knee and foot. The frame was made to be

Assistive Dining Device (Arm Sling)

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: This is an instruction on how to make an assistive dining device for people with limited or no arm strength (such as Muscular Dystrophy or ALS) but still have hand movement. The assistive device (Schleeder) is designed to work with spoon and bowl. The instruction is created for occupational Therapist or those whose loved one may be benefited from this device.

Assistive Door Locker

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Helps the elderly or those with fine motor disabilities lock bolt locks. A combination of a small wood piece, a rubber cap (i.e. piggy bank stopper) and a small metal bar form the door assist. COMMENTS: The Assistive Door Locker allows those with limited hand use more easily lock and turn small door locks.

Attendant Caller

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a child with muscular dystrophy to summon assistance. A bicycle red LED light with a steady mode was purchased and opened up. The wires were fixed to points that would turn the lights on and off. Wires were then run to the outside of the light and connected to a micro switch (a limited pressure switch). The light was then mounted to the side of the back of the child's powered wheelchair using the standard bicycle mounting clamp that came with the light

Attendant Caller 2

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a child with muscular dystrophy to summon assistance at night while at camp. A cast off vibrating pager was modified by attaching very long lead wires that run to a micro switch, so when the father accompanies his son to camp, the child can page his father during the night instead of calling and waking the other campers. The child has the microswitch, and the father runs the wires across the room to his bed and wears the pager in his pocket. TITLE: Th

Audio Loop.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small audio loop to be used in one-on-one conversations. Induction loop systems are commercially available but are quite expensive. This document includes a reprinted article, "Induction Loop Systems" from Hearing Impairments, Vol 36, No 2 (1985) pp 26-29?. It uses simple audio equipment and provides diagrams on construction and how to install it. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR:Paschell, William. TITLE: Do-it-Yourself Listening and Signaling Devi

Automatic Braille: English text to Braille mechanism

Automatic Braille: English text to Braille mechanism is a device to assist the visually impaired to "read" text messages, especially those text messages that are displayed at train stations. This system essentially is an English text to braille conversion with the use of a microcontroller and solenoids. It was developed by a group of students from Singapore Polytechnic, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Awesome Action Figures

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for children who have difficulty holding and manipulating small items during play, participate in playtime by independently holding and manipulating action figures.

Baby Lifter

Baby Lifter is a DIY product designed for use by parents with limited upper extremity strength and coordination associated with spinal muscular atrophy, tremors, and weakness. The baby lifter is a crib that is operated by a foot switch. It is powered by a rechargeable power drill. When the basket is lowered to the floor, the sides collapse, enabling the parent/caregiver to remove the baby with their feet. When the crib is raised, the parent/caregiver could transport the baby to other parts of th

Baby Prone Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tilted prone board for a young child with head control; it leaves the hands free to play while helping to keep the hips and knees straight. Plywood board with a cutout for the toes and a footrest. The front end of the board is higher than the rear. Includes drawing and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 62-63. Also available from Prentic

Back Rest.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rustic aids are simple aids meant for outdoor use. Simple back rest for person sitting on the ground without good trunk control. Instructions for a simple back rest for use when sitting on the ground. Drive two stakes into the ground and cover with a canvas bag or lace with a piece of rope. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child. REF: Book: Englewoods Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall

Bag Stapling Jig.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Jig holds a plastic bag in upright position and provides for ease of stapling after parts are placed in bag. Detailed assembly diagram included, but it is hard to read. Contact developer for original print. Assembly described as easy and inexpensive. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employment of Handicapped People. REF: Book: Vocational Stu

Baking Pan Magnifier

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: 1. To enlarge items. MATERIALS USED: 1 aluminum foil baking pan of any size. 4 spools of thread OR 4 small cups (e.g., Dixie cups). 1 sheet magnifier (make sure your pan is larger than your magnifier) Scissors Glue. Electrical tape and/or masking tape.

Balance Beam

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To develop coordination and balance skills in children working on improving gross motor skills.

Balance Fishing

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To develop coordination and balance in children working on improving gross motor skills.

Band Saw Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extended table for a band saw; the increased work surface makes it easier for a person with unsteady hands or arms to slide or balance large pieces of wood to be cut. Extended band saw table made of 3/4 inch plywood. Includes drawing and diagram with measurements. COMMENTS: For further information contact Dr Ken Brewelheide, Department of Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Guger

Bath Mitt

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To provide a means of independent bathing for people with arthritis, spinal cord injury, or neurological, fine motor, or grasping disabilities. This artice, part of a chapter entitled "Bathroom & Washing Up," describes how to make a bath mitt that secures to the user's hand with Velcro. Placing a bar of soap inside the mitt before fastening the Velcro enables the user to create a lather for bathing without having to grasp and manipulate a bar of soap and a washcl

Bathing Trunks.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bathing trunks with two side zippers to open out flat to make it easier for an attendant to dress a person. Open the side seams of the bathing trunks and put a 10 inch zipper in each side. Sew the lap facing the back so the zippers don't show. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A. TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped. REF: Book: University of Alberta Press, Alberta: p 164. 1978.

Bathroom Ceiling Lift

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a person who uses a wheelchair to make transfers in the bathroom. A U-shaped channel runs through the ceiling and is supported by the rafters. Operated by a 440-pound hoist motor, the figure-eight-shaped system enables the user to go backward, forward, right, or left. The lift, equipped with a transfer lift sling, swivels to allow changes of direction. . MATERIALS: Channel, cables, controller, motor, and lift sling. TOOLS: Shop tools. SKILLS REQUIRED:

Bathroom Door Modification.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Curtain used instead of a door to allow a wheelchair through the doorway. Bathroom (or other) entrance widened by removing the door and installing an expansion rod, with material soft enough to gather and heavy enough to ensure privacy hung from it with shower rings. The curtain can be drawn back and held open with a tieback fastened with velcro. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Hamilton, L TITLE: Why Didn't Somebody Tell M

Battery Device Adapter

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To adapt toys and small appliances for switch use. To make the device, separate the leads approximately one-half inch from both ends of the speaker wire using scissors or a knife. Using wire strippers or scissors, strip approximately one-quarter inch of the protective plastic insulator from each wire lead, being careful not to cut any of the wires. Unscrew the plastic case from the inline phone jack to expose two terminals with holes in them. Run the wire thro

Battery Device Adapter / Interrupter

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To adapt a device or toy for switch use. To make the device, cut the speaker wire to desired length (nine to twelve inches)and prepare the ends by separating and stripping one-forth inch of insulation off of wire. Next, prepare two gold circles/disks. Remove posts and file smooth. Solder the conductors at one end of the wire to the disks, soldering one conductor to each disk. Be sure to bring the plastic insulation right up to the edge of the disk, but not ont

Beach Chair Supports Child With Cerebral Palsy.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Posture chair with a wide base to allow stability on uneven ground. Chair made with plastic water pipe and fittings, with the deep seat made of nylon mesh, pop riveted to the frame. There is a chest high bar which can be fitted across the front. Designed for an active child with cerebral palsy. COMMENTS: Working drawings of the chair are available from: Technical Aid to the Disabled, 227 Morrison Road, PO Box 108, Ryde, New South Wales 2112, Australia.

Bean Bag Throw Game.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Board with holes through which the child throws beanbags. Plywood board 18 by 24 inches with 5 holes large enough to throw a beanbag through, numbered for scoring, and bags made of canvas or other strong material filled with 4 to 6 ounces of filling (i.e., dry large grain sand). Board can be leaned against a wall or piece of furniture to use. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Sewing. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF

Beater Wrist Strap.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wrist strap for holding beaters for instruments. Wrist strap has a leather or suede oval 6 by 4 inches which is crossed with two velcro-ended elastic straps 6 to 8 inches long. A cylindrical pocket 3 to 4 inches long is sewn horizontally across the strap closest to the hand, and a pocket is sewn diagonally across the ventral side of the straps. Beaters, or other instruments with stick type of handles can be inserted in either pocket, controlled with su

Beaters.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted beaters for musical instruments. A variety of adapted beaters are described with instructions for fabrication. The beaters have handle variations and straps to assist in grasp, as well as weight adaptations. The beaters can be used with drums, dulcimers, or other instruments. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. Woodworking. AUTHOR:Clark C. and Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped: A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St. L

Bed Access Support

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with mobility disabilities to transfer from a walker to her bed safely without assistance. The device was constructed from plywood that extended under the mattress and up the side] and a piece of 0.75 x 3 inch board that sits on the mattress top. Holes were drilled into the board to which a spare wheelchair armrest was attached. TITLE: The Bed Access Support. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/bedacc

Bed Ladder: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rope ladder fastened to the bottom of a child's bed to allow the child to pull up to a sitting position. Describes bed ladder made of 5 or 6 pieces of 1 inch dowel, 12 inches long and drilled through each end; and two 6 foot pieces of 1/ 4 inch rope. Lists materials and diagrams for construction. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Bed Ladder: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press

Bed Or Chair Block.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Blocks to elevate furniture to facilitate sitting and rising. Describes construction of blocks to elevate furniture, made of a solid block of wood slightly larger than the furniture leg to go on it and at whatever height needed, with a shell made of 4 pieces of plywood 1 1/2 times as tall as the block, firmly fastened to the block to provide stability. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume

Bed Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bed tray with larger top than commercially available bed tables. Instructions for a bed table with a large top. Cutout for body, rim on three sides. Material list and diagram showing dimensions. Includes drawing and photograph.. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child. REF: Book: Englewoods Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc: p 114-115. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1798 1982.

Bed To Commode Lift Increases Independence.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to assist someone with rheumatoid arthritis to transfer from bed to commode and back without using legs or requiring assistance from others. Materials include standard garage door opener, A-frame and sling for lift, 2 by 4 board, and lag screws. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Alexander, L TITLE: Bed to Commode Lift Increases Independence JOURNAL: Accent on Living REF: Vol 23 No 4, Spring 1979: p 108-109 PAGES (including cover): 3 1979.

Bed Turner.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A mechanical bed that allows the person to turn themselves. A bed turner that can be operated on demand by the user or set to turn automatically on a timer. The mattress articulates and results in almpost a side lying position for the user. The mattres is divided and hinged longitudinally. It is suspended by pivots and bearings that allow the center board to tilt. Article describes how the bed was built, including materials and inital test results. Inc

Bed.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rustic aids are simple aids meant for outdoor use. Platform for support in the prone or supine position. Instructions for building a bed platform. Six stakes are inserted in the ground and two cross pieces are tied across the ends. A piece of canvas fabric is sewn into a tube, with two side supports inserted in the tube and then tied to the corner stakes. A cloth bag can be sewn and slipped over the center stakes for a back support in a sitting positio

Beef Burger Food Puzzle.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Puzzle in a food design to help teach shapes and sizes and how to place them on pegs. Puzzle in the shape of a beef burger constructed of softwood and dowels and painted realistically. Includes instructions and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 30-31. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3463 PAGES

Beginning "choice" Making Device

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To create a customized beginning making choice device for a child with communication disabilities. A customized, very light-touch switch is connected to a fireman ladder toy to make this beginning communication choice-making device. Picture cards are placed along the side of the ladder: the fireman moves up and down the ladder and the child can stop the fireman at the picture card of his or her choice. Digital photos of his or her favorite items (videotapes, books,family

Bib-Front Dress.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Child's dress or blouse with detachable bib to alleviate the need to change the entire garment when the front becomes soiled. Instructions for a blouse with interchangeable snap-on (or velcro fastened) bib sections which can be lined with terry toweling or plastic. Includes photographs. Also describes a tie-on bib. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of A

Bicycle Grip Bilateral Beater.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Used to play percussion instruments. Beater is made from a 12 inch wooden dowel, topped with a hard felt ball tip. The dowel is inserted into a triangular joint which is connected to two handles. Bicycle grips are placed on the ends of the handles for improved grip. 20 inches long. Should not be used by people who are flexion bound. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Simple woodworking, Assembly. AUTHOR: Modulations Co., 9 Sawmill Drive, Westford, M

Bicycle Pedal Modifications For Use In A Physical Therapy Department.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to the pedal of an exercise bicycle to hold the patient's foot on the pedal. Pedal adaptation consists of a cast boot screwed to a piece of wood cut so that it can be slipped on and off the pedal. The patient's foot is strapped into the boot. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Handling, K A TITLE: Bicycle Pedal Modifications for use in a Physical Therapy Department JOURNAL: Physical Therapy REF: Vol 62 no 7

Big Switch Calculator

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Calculator designed with large control keys and display for use by persons with severely involved hands or limited vision. Calculator is modified using a MM5737 calculator chip with additional space made between keys of the keyboard. Calculator display is enlarged to an inch high using a IEE1720 seven segment display. COMMENTS: For further information contact: The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation, Rehabilitation Engineering Center, P.O. Box 8217, Wic

Bilateral Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons who need to use wrist supination or pronation. A standard or elongated pick is attached to the ring of a bilateral bell shaker (a wire ring frame with two handles.) Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St louis; Magnamusic- Baton: p 28. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0272. 1980.

Blanket Support

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To remove the weight of bed coverings from sensitive legs and feet for individuals with spinal cord injury, neurological disabilities, burns, or arthritis. This article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," describes how to make a strong, flexible blanket support from PVC pipe and fittings. When assembled, the base of the unit slides between the bed's mattress and box spring and the top extends above the foot of the bed; sheets, blankets, a

Block Head.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple toy intended to teach parts of the head. A 3 inch cube of softwood with different sized holes drilled to represent mouth, nose, eyes and ears with corresponding sized dowels to be fitted into the appropriate holes. Should be painted as realistically as possible. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: AN 000183 describes an instructional toy which incorporates this and includes a body. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys

Block Jigsaw Puzzle.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple jigsaw puzzle. Suggests building a nine-square jigsaw puzzle of 1 1/2 inch blocks of wood with a picture of something that interests the child drawn or glued on it to encourge persistance in putting the puzzle together correctly. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 132-133. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL N

Block Man Numbers 1 And 2.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Two simple toys to illustrate basic body parts: head, body and legs; and to then add arms and parts of the head as described in AN 000196 - Block Head. Toy 1 is made of three blocks cut and painted to represent the head, trunk and legs which can be fitted together by fitting dowel projections into drilled holes on the appropriate piece. The more complex toy adds a dowel through the trunk section for arms, and has the head drilled to represent eyes, nos

Blow Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch activated by blowing on an index card attached to a battery device, intended to help a child develop breath control and blowing skills. This switch is made with a metal bandaid box, 3/16 inch wood dowel, two large paper clips, 12 inches of 24 gauge stranded wire, four inches of 2 conductor 22 gauge stranded wire and two index cards. Provides instructions and diagrams on cutting slots and holes in the box, soldering wire to the paper clips, and a

Board For Securing Paper When Writing.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prevents paper from moving while writing. Plywood board with two metal strips with an attached spring to serve as clips to hold the paper in position. A wooden guard is mounted horizontally to prevent the child's hand from striking the spring mechanism. Diagram included. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking, Assembly. AUTHOR: Bureau of Handicapped Children, Dir of Pupil Personnel Services TITLE: Teaching Aids for Children with Cerebral Palsy. REF: Book: State

Boat And Car.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple table top toys for a child to drive or sail on a table top. Intended to encourage fine manual dexterity and rational play. Can be used in counting and matching games. Instructions for making simple toys using offcuts of 1 by 2 inch wood stock, wooden clothes pegs, lollipop sticks and scraps of felt. The clothes pegs are cut down to make people who can ride in the boat or car. Briefly discusses use of the toys. Includes drawings and photographs.

Boccia Ball Ramp

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair and has only limited use of one arm to play boccia ball. The top of the ramp rests on the arms of the user's wheelchair and extends to the floor. To adjust the length of the run, a variable set of legs allow an assistant to raise the lower end of the ramp to various heights as directed by the player. The higher the ramp is raised, the shorter the run. At the top of the ramp, an adjustable support can be placed in var

Boccia Ball Ramp 2

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair and has only head movement to play boccia ball. The top of the ramp rests on the arms of the user's wheelchair and extends to the floor. To adjust the length of the run, a variable set of legs allow an assistant to raise the lower end of the ramp to various heights as directed by the player. The higher the ramp is raised, the shorter the run. At the top of the ramp, an adjustable support can be placed in various posi

Boccia Ball Ramp 3

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair and has limited movement to play boccia ball. The top of the ramp rests on the arms of the user's wheelchair and extends to the floor. The top of the ramp is on a swivel, enabling the user to turn the ramps to aim. To adjust the length of the run, the user changes the ball release position on the ramp. TITLE: The Boccia Ball Ramp 3. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/ramp4.htm.

Body Buddy

-DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To aid children and adults with blindness and low vision in learning to use a long white cane safely and correctly. One of the most important things to learn is to keep the cane in front of the body, a difficult skill to master because the natural tendency is for the dominant arm to drop to the side of the body, causing an awkward swing with reduced protection from obstacles. The article describes a soft pillow that is carried by prssing it between the body

Body Puzzle

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple jigsaw puzzle with a picture of a person, such as a child in a bathing suit, to help body recognition. Picture of a person glued onto plywood (8 by 16 inches or according size of picture) and lightly varnished, then cut into eight equal pieces. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 134-135. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, N

Book Reader

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold a book open in front of a reader with upper extremity disability or weakness or arthritis and enable the reader to turn the pages. The unit is made of plastic (Lexan). A single sheet, approximately 14 x 20 inches, is heated and bent and non-slip rubber is bonded to the base. The book support shelf is also bonded but can also be screwed in place from the back before bending. Spring loaded clips are mounted to the bottom, which enable the reader to release

Book Rest

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Easel-like book rest to hold books at a convenient angle for reading. Describes construction of a book rest made of hardboard or plywood, 8 by 10 inches, and hardwood strips for the fiddle on which the book rests. The support is attached with a dowel so it can be made to lie flat against the plywood to carry or store the device. Includes diagram and photographs. COMMENTS: Can be used with page restrainers (000373) to hold paperback books open. SKILLS R

Book Rest.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Book rest made to the angle preferred by the reader. Provides list of materials needed, instructions and diagram for building a simple book rest of wood. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 86-87. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3460 PAGES (including cover): 3 1985.

Book With Ez Turn Pages

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with limited grip or arm mobility to read independently. To adapt any hardcover or softcover book, Take the book to be adapted to a printer to have the binding removed and the pages bundled and tied with string. Purchase a comb binder thicker than the book to be bound from an office supplu store. Use a comb binding machine to rebind the book. To use a comb binder, cut rectangular holes along the pages to receive the binder. (This is done with

Boot Threader.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wood frame shaped like a boot with holes through which a child can practice lacing and tying shoes. Two plywood pieces 4 by 5 inches are cut into boot shapes with holes drilled in appropriate places; the two pieces are fastened at the "sole" to a wood strip 2 by 4 inches in size. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 85-86. Also avai

Bow Maker

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with use of only one hand to form large bows for gift baskets. This simple jig acts as a second holding hand. Two one-inch dowels are placed about seven inches apart on a plastic platform laid on a sheet of Dycem to keep it from slipping and the jig and the pad are held in place with a one-hand clamp. A plastic spring clip is bonded to the base and rests against the right-hand pillar. This clip holds one end of the ribbon, which is the wi

Bowl Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder to anchor bowl for stirring or mixing. Hole is cut in piece of plywood large enough for bowl to rest in without tipping; this piece of board is attached to two other boards which serve as legs. COMMENTS: Adding a thin strip of rubber to inside of cutout and on bottom of supports will make unit steadier. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Garee, B TITLE: Single Handed Devices and Aids for One Handers and Sources of These Devices REF: Bloomingt

Bowling Ball Guide.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Guide to position bowling ball on lane for persons unable to control ball in standard way. A bowling ball ramp is made from welding pipes is a ramp configuration. It is important to place the two parallel rods at the right distance apart or the ball will drag. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Dan Golden, CETA Welding instructor, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute, 1019 South Knowles Ave., New Richmond, WI 54017, 715-246-6561. T

Bowling Ramp

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a powered wheelchair and has limited movement to bowl. The ramp shown is made of strong light tubular steel. The height is set to just clear the wheelchair armrests and controls. The horizontal portion of the ramp at the top is very slightly past the horizontal so the ball stays there until gently pushed forward. To maximize speed, the upper portion of the ramp is straight and the lower half has a gentle curve to the horizontal.

Bracelet Fastening Tool

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with limited fine motor, strength and dexterity due to arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome manipulate bracelet fasteners. MATERIALS USED: A 14-inch (35.6 centimeter) piece of 16-gauge wire (I used brass craft / picture hanging wire from the hardware store), a ruler or tape measure, a file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone for smoothing off the wire ends, a ring mandrel, dowel, PVC pipe section, small prescription pill containe

Braille Bulb Ornament

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable individuals to create simulated braille on ornaments. Fabric paint applied to a glass ornament creates a tactile image. Using a Simulated Braille Technique (see entry), a braille message can be added to the ornament. Required supplies include fabric paint in a variety of colors, round or bulb-shaped glass ornaments in solid colors, and a wine glass to support the bulb during decorating. Place the bulb in the wine glass to support the bulb. With fabric paint, ma

Braille Check Register

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with blindness or low vision to track checkbook transactions. Write transaction information such as the date and checks written, and deposits, or withdrawls made in Braille on individual file cards and file sequentially on a file box. MATERIALS: Blank file cards and file box. TOOLS: Brailler. SKILLS REQUIRED: Braille. AUTHOR: McKenna, K. TITLE: Check Out these Options (in Springboard). JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 38 no. 3, Fall 2006:

Braille Eraser Holder For Braille Writer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To attach a Braille eraser to a Braille writer. Attach a piece of self-adhesive hook-and-loop material to the Braille eraser and the corresponding piece of self-adhesive hook-and-loop material to the Braille writer immediately to the right of the handle. Attach the Braille eraser to the Braille writer using the hook-and-loop material when the eraser is not in use. TITLE: Taming the Wild Braillewriter (in Springboard). AUTHOR: West, D. and Pruim, N. JOURNAL: RE:v

Braille Flash Cards

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To create inexpensive Brailled flashcards for classroom or study use. Free paint sample cards are available at paint or hardware stores, and many are large enough to contain a word or short phrase in Braille. Cards for the Disney paint line are almost the size of index cards and fit in a Perkins Braillewriter. MATERIALS: Paint sample cards. TOOLS: Brailler. SKILLS REQUIRED: Braille. AUTHOR: Amato, S. TITLE: Freebie Flashcards (in Springboard). JOURNAL: RE:vi

Braille Matching Test

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide blind students taking a Braille matching test with a method of indicating when an answer has been used. Transcribe the question and answer columns of a matching test double-spaced on the same page or, if the questions are long, on two separate pages. Beginning at the right side of the page, cut a horizontal line from the end to the beginning of each answer just below the Braille. As each student uses an answer, he/she folds it back under the paper leaving a ga

Braille Peg Board

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---PURPOSE: To serve as an aid for teaching braille to students who are blind or visually impaired. Cut apart rubber peg mats (sold in school supply stores) to form separate six-dot braille cells. Press pegs into the appropriate holes to form braille characters. AUTHOR: Johnson, P.J. TITLE: Braille Peg Boards Are a Good Fit. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter 2005: p. 166. PAGES: 2 (including cover).

Braille Proofreading Aid

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To Enable a teacher to mark errors in Braille text for correction. To mark errors in spelling, place a vertical in the space immediately before and immediately after the word to be corrected. If the error is the omission of a word or punctuation, place two staples, one after the other, in the space between words. Bracket incorrect punctuation with two staples. This technique can also be used when grading tests with single-letter or one-word answers. Incorrect an

Braille Writer Positioning Aid

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To keep a braille writer stationary during use. On the table where the Braille writer is used, mark an area slightly larger than the dimensions of the Braille writer's base. Place rope or clothesline on three sides of the resulting shape, omitting the side nearest the user. Secure the rope/clothesline with duct tape to form a "parking space" for the Braille writer. TITLE: Taming the Wild Braillewriter (in Springboard). AUTHOR: West, D. and Pruim, N. JOURNAL: RE:

Brief Or New: Feeding Device For Finger Foods.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device promotes independent self-feeding by spinal cord injured persons. A cylinder is constructed of a rectangular piece of polyform splinting material measuring 13 by 4 cm. A polyform strip is attached to the side of the cylinder to hold the hand in place while eating. Feeding device was originally designed for a person with syringomyelia. Includes illustrations. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Wiener, M M TITLE: Brief or New: Feeding Device for F

Brief Or New: Toilet Independence For The Severe Bilateral Upper Limb Amputee.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toilet aid designed to provide toileting independence for bilateral upper limb amputees or persons with loss of upper limb function. Describes a device made of steel, polyethylene and Uvex cellulose acetate (or materials with similar properties) consisting of a wall brace, support bar, distal extremity or finger, and reinforcement bar. It is attached to the wall near the toilet and can be swung against the wall for storage. The user must be able to wra

Buckled Spirals.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A strap-on device to hold writing instruments, eating utensils and tools, designed for a person who had lost a hand. Instructions for a buckle device made of a piece of guttering or plastic pipe with slots cut into it, through which a length of webbing, with velcro for fastening, is threaded. A split spiral (or several of them) of rubber gas pipe is riveted or bolted to the plastic. This can be strapped to the arm, as for the amputee, or can be strappe

Build A Van.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy van which is also a simple assembly problem. Instructions for building a simple toy van of softwood; the top section is removable and fits back on by matching the holes in it with dowels on the bottom section. Lists materials needed. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 74-75. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs

Built-Up Grip For Pencil Or Paintbrush

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide an enlarged grasping surface for individuals with arthritis or fine motor or grasping disabilities. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article provides several suggestions for simple solutions using small balls. The barrel of a pen, the shaft of a pencil, or the handle of a paintbrush can be pressed through the center of a two-inch foam ball, a Ping-Pong ball, or a hollow plastic, practice golf ball. MATERIALS:

Built-Up Handle For Hairbrush

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enlarge the handle of a hair brush for use by individuals with arthritis or grasping, fine motor, or upper extremity disabilities. The handle of a hair brush can be enlarged and equipped with a softer surface using hot-water-pipe insulation. To do so, cut a length of insulation to the size of the brush handle, being certain to choose insulation with an inner diameter that securely holds the handle. Insert the brush handle in the insulation and wrap tightly with pl

Built-Up Handles

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist individuals upper extremity disabilities in holding eating and other utensils and implements. Foam cylinders with holes at either end can be trimmed to size and slipped over the utensil handle, a pen, pencil, etc. The foam is available in varying thicknesses to accommodate different sized hands. MATERIALS: Foam tubing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Cutting. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. REF: Volume 12, Number 6, November 2005. WEB: http://www.mdusa.or

Built-Up Knob

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with arthritis or grasping disabilities to turn knobs. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article provides detailed instructions for building up a knob. Purchase epoxy putty at a hardware store and break off a small amount of each of the two colors. Knead the two colors together to a uniform color and mold it around the knob. Allow the putty to harden at room temperature. . MATERIALS: Epoxy putty.TIT

Built-Up Silverware

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities or tremors, arthritis, or grasping or fine motor disabilities to use eating utensils. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for making built-up handles for eating utensils for temporary or trial use. These handles can be made of foam-rubber tubing with the appropriate inner diameter for a fork or spoon handle, or they can be made

Business Cards For Learning Braille

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To help a first grade Braille student learn to read and spell Braille words. To convert an unused business card to this purpose, punch a hole in the top left corner and cut off the upper right corner of the card. Then, braille and print the word to be learned on the card. Finally, attach the card to a metal ring by putting the ring through the hole in the upper left corner. The ring can be attached to the student's bookbag. TITLE: Business Cards for Learning Bra

Busy Box

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Board on which objects are fastened to give a child experience in manipulating everyday items. Pictures a board with play or practice items on it, including a sliding door, telephone dial, hinged door fastened with a hook lock, material with buttons, buttonholes and snaps, a matchbox with small items in it, a threading block with string and a large needle, a large bolt mounted horizontally with screwing nuts, and thread spools that can be put on and ta

Buttock Support For Standing Frame.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Webbing and elastic support to hold a child against a standing frame or prone scooter board. Instructions for constructing a support of webbing, corset elastic, a D ring, and Velcro closure. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with a Child who has a Physical Disability REF: Melbourne, Australia: Health Commission of Victoria: p 15-16 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3598 PAGES (including cove

Button Adaptations

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To adapt clothing for easier dressing for seniors or individuals with arthritis or fine motor, grasping, neurological, or upper extremity disabilities. This illustrated article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," discusses options to replace buttons on clothing. The option chosen should be based on the abilities of the wearer and include using large hooks or snaps, Velcro, or extending buttons with elastic. A detailed description and illu

Button box for Disabled

Button box for Disabled is designed for use by individuals with limited upper extremity strength and coordination as a result of arthritis, stroke, multiple dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. 

Button Hook -- Zipper Pull

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with limited hand or finger control to manage buttons and zippers for independent dressing. To make this device, drill small holes in each end of the dowel. Twist cup hook into one of the hole, being careful not to split dowel. Straighten paper clip and bend the paper clip wire in half; pinch the fold with the pliers. Place paper clip wire over the dowel and twist ends to form button hook loop. Put a dab of glue in open hole of dowel and.

Button Pusher / Page Turner

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with limited hand or finger control to push buttons or turn pages. To make this device, a dowel is measured and cut into 5.5-inch sections. A quarter-inch hole is drilled one-half-inch deep at the midpoint of a section of the dowel. The unsharpened lead end of the pencil is pushed into the hole and glued, if necessary. MATERIALS: 0.75-inch diameter dowel, unsharpened pencil with eraser, and glue (optional). TOOLS: Drill with a quarter-inc

Buttoning Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Button on elastic thread which can be used on any long sleeved garment. The elastic is fastened around the button on the sleeve and the button it is fastened to is put through the button hole. The sleeve can then be pulled over the hand. Describes button device made with a standard button and thin elastic thread which is crocheted into a chain and tied to the button in a loop. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Sokaler, R A TITLE: Buttoning Aid JOURNAL:

Buzz Board

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Board with a battery operated buzz and light unit (operated by the parent) used to reward a child for performing certain relational play skills such as hammering, placing pegs, putting objects into containers and building towers on the board. Includes instructions for making a buzz board and pieces to go with it. The board is made with a one foot square of white veneered chipboard shelving with pieces of wood fastened to two edges to keep the board abo

C-Trach Apron For Tracheostomy Patients

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Specially designed apron to allow ambulation and self care for a patient with tracheostomy tubing attached to a respirator. Describes an apron designed to support tracheostomy tubing, minimizing traction on it. The tubing is positioned using velcro and held up by a a flip up part of the apron fastened with velcro. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kass, S F D C TITLE: C-Trach Apron for Tracheostomy Patients JOURNAL: American Journa

Cable Operated Tractor Brakes.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To activate the brakes of a White 4-210, 4 wheel drive tractor, for operators with upper and lower extremity impairments. Recommends that a driver's education instruction brake pedal assembly be mounted sideways to the frame of the cab. The operator uses his right hand and shoulder muscles to push the pedal which pulls on a cable connected to the brake pedal on the floor. A flexible sheath carries the cable down to the floor of the cab below the tracto

Calculator Guide.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Keyboard guard for calculator for persons with limited finger control. A template is made from wood, metal, or plastic of the keyboard of a calculator. Holes are cut corresponding to the keys. The guard is mounted just above the keypad providing recessed keys. Includes pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking or Metalworking. AUTHOR: Dan Golden, CETA Welding Instructor, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute, 1019 South Knowles Ave., New Richmond, WI 5

Call Button

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself call button device for an individual with disabilities to use to alert or call their care giver. A simple, effective, and reasonably cheap solution for a remote switch can be made using a battery powered, wireless door bell chime. The bell button should be placed in a location accessible to the user and the chime placed where it can be heard by the attendant. The chime is distinctive and loud enough to work in noisy areas. T

Camera Holder

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited or no use of the hands to use a camera. This holder is made from Lexan plastic that is heated and bent to fit snugly over the user's hand. A Velcro strap (male) with a ring attached pulls around to a Velcro (female) pad to hold the camera firmly in place. The holder is screwed into the threaded hole on the camera used to mount on a tripod. A thin rubber rubber plate helps to anchor the holder to the camera or it can be more m

Camera Holder 2

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited of the hands or of only one hand to use a camera. This device consists of a a clipless bicycle pedal fitted to a frame that loops over the user's shoulders. Two cleats are fitted to a bracket on the camera to enable the photographer to switch from portrait to landscape orientation, and the pedal clamps are adjustable for strength to accommodate a heavy or a light camera. The pedal can be tilted up and down to adjust the camer

Camera Support

DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY---- Using PVC to stabilize a DSLR camera is designed for use by individuals with limited strength in their upper extremities as a result of fractures or neurological events such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Canadian Padded Transfer Board

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Padded transfer board with a plinth which fits into the forward arm rest socket of a standard wheelchair. Transfer board made of 15 by 6 1/2 inch plywood, a base plate of iron or steel, an iron water pipe, a sheet (10 by 6 inches) of firm leather or plastic, foam padding and a slippery fabric cover. The board is used in place of either arm of the wheelchair. Includes instructions and diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Upholstering. AUTHOR: Wightwi

Cane Handle

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a better grip for a cane user. A standard aluminum cane with a crook handle has a small diameter slippery plastic handle. To provide a wider, more secure grip, the handle was wrapped with standard tennis racquet handle tape. TITLE: The Cane Handle. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/handke1.htm. REF: The originator, Benjamin Lewit, can be contacted at lewit@seas.gwu.edu.

Cane Helper

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision or blindness in learning to use a cane. This device is designed to aid mobility and orientation instructors in teaching proper cane movements without having to bend over. This device is equipped with a loop that fits loosely over the student's cane enabling the instructor to guide cane movements. To make the device, put together two or three sections (depending on the height of the instructor) of a broken folding cane. Gl

Cane With Flashlight

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a cane with an attached flashlight for individuals with balance, lower extremity, mobility and walking disabilities. To start, make two holes in a plumbing clip and then pass the wire through them to create a loop in which the flashlight fits securely. When the wire loop is complete, make sure that the clip fits the cane. To attach the flashlight to the clip assembly, apply pressure to the wire as the flashlight is inserted to keep the flashl

Canning Lid Switch With Light.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Light can be turned on with the light pressure of hand on the jar lid. Simple switch to teach cause and effect. Device is constructed from mayonnaise jar lid that is regular mason size, wide mouth canning jar ring, spring from inside a large curler, plastic pill bottle with snap lid, 3 pieces of plastic coated wire, sturdy box turned upside down, 9 volt light bulb with socket, 9 volt battery, and 9 volt snap battery holder. COMMENTS: Good for visually

Car Door Handle Attachment.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device increases leverage and gripping surface to open an external handle on a car door. Two versions described, one illustration. Modified gutter clamp is used with a lever and loop extending 7 inches downward from existing handle. Device is easily removable and does not protrude from car door. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employment o

Car Slide.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A fabric slide to be used to help position a person on a car seat. Slide made with about a yard of slippery material (nylon) sewn to a yard of nonslippery material (denim) with strong fabric or webbing sewn in three long ovals to make handles. The nylon side goes against the car seat for ease of sliding. Includes diagram and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, C

Card Holder

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a card holder for individuals with grasping disabilities. To create this DIY card holder, put the lids together, top to top and lay them on a table. Then put one of the buttons in the center of the stacked lids. With the needle, poke two holes through the button holes into the center of the tub lids. Finally, pick up the stacked items and place the second button over the holes on the back side and sew together. Coffee can tops can be used

Card Holder

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping and other upper extremity disabilities to hold playing cards. To make this holder, put the lids together, top to top and lay them on the table. Place one of the buttons in the center of the stacked lids and poke two holes through the button holes into the center of the tub lids with the needle. Pick up the stacked items and place the second button over the holes on the back side. Sew together. MATERIALS: Two buttons, two sma

Card Holder

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for individuals with fine motor and grasping disabilities to hold playing cards during a recreational game of cards.

Card Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device on which cards can be arranged and held by persons with limited hand strength. Card holder made with two plastic coffee can lids turned back to back, fastened together with a pop rivet in the center. Sponge material can be glued to the front and back to make it easier to hold. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1

Card Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Boxes to hold playing cards for a person with restricted hand movement or use of one hand. Describes two simple devices to hold playing cards upright in a row: A small cardboard box, such as a candy box, with the box slipped inside the upsidedown cover; and a wooden block about 10 by 3 by 1 1/2 inches with two lengthwise slots sawed into it. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handi

Cardboard Boxes For Use As Chairs.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cardboard boxes used as a seat and play surface for a young child with poor balance. Describes ways a cardboard box can be used as a chair, playpen, and practice areas for standing and walking. Illustration shows a box big enough for the child to sit in with legs outstretched, and another smaller box on its side inside the first box to provide a play surface. AUTHOR: Finnie, N R TITLE: Handling the Young Cerebral Palsied Child at Home REF: New York: E

Carriage Cart.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Transport a child in a hip spica cast; also useful as a feeding positioner. Baby carriage base adapted with padded wooden platform (48 by 16 1/2 inches by 1/2 inch). Platform attached to carriage base at both ends with pipe strap, screws, and lock washers. Fitted snugly between carriage handles; overhangs base by 4 1/2 inches at handle end, 3 1/2 inches at front end. Hip and chest straps made of 3 inch wide elasticized material with velcro closures to

Case Report: The Development Of A Feeding Harness For An Als Patient.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding harness which acts as a pulley, allowing a person with strong elbow extensors but weak flexors to bring a hand to the mouth for self-feeding. Harness made of a thermoplastic form for each shoulder, tubing across the back of the neck, wrist cuffs, and cotton or nylon cord threaded through the tubing to connect the cuffs and allow one arm to pull up the other for feeding. Developed for a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( ALS). COMMENTS

Cash Drawer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with fine motor disabilities to organize and sort money in a cahier's job. A device was constructed from ABS plastic that has compartments for each denomination of paper money. The compartments are separated by ABS dividers with large tabs that are clearly marked. The dividers are notched to fit over two 'rails' along the bottom of the device. These rails prevent the bills from slipping under the tabs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Fabrication. TITLE: Money

Cast Boot.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cloth boot to wear over a below knee cast to keep the exposed part of the foot and leg warm. Pattern for a warm cloth (pile or other warm fabric) boot to wear over a short cast. Calls for 1/2 yard of material and a 16 inch zipper. Includes instructions and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 228-229 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R PAG

Catch For Lawn Mower Grass Catcher

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with use of only one hand to attach a grass catcher to a lawn mower. The device is designed for lawn mowers requiring one hand to hold down a knob to lift the rear flap on the lawn mower while the other hand lifts the catcher and hooks it in place over the flap. A catch made of quarter-inch thick canvas Bakelite is mounted on a stainless steel flange collar that provides a base and enables the catch to have clearance to move. A similar collar si

Caterpillar Tree.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Child threads " caterpillars" through holes in a tree as a means to develop manual dexterity. Describes toy made of plywood, 12 by 18 inches, cut into the shape of a tree and painted. Holes of various sizes are drilled through it. The caterpillars are made with pieces of dowel to fit through the holes, and drilled in one end so brightly colored shoelaces can be glued in. Includes drawings and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: McConkey,

Catheter Leg Bag Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Leg bag holder to prevent the leg bag from slipping down leg. A splint from a low temperature thermal plastic is heated and molded to the inner leg. The splint starts just below the knee and extends to under the sole of the foot, inserting in the shoe. Two straps are riveted onto the splint to hold the splint on the leg. The splint has two 1/2 inch slits at the top of the sides on which the bag is hung. As the bag fills the weight is carried by the spl

Cause And Effect Training Program

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with cognitive or learning disabilities in learning cause and effect. Point to Pictures software by RJ Cooper & Associates (see entry) is customized by importing pictures and music specific to the student's interests. Parents were involved to help determine what the child's likes and dislikes are. MATERIALS: Point to Pictures and student-specific music and pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: Computers. AUTHOR: Wise, L. TITLE: Assistive Technology I

Cctv

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable an individual with low vision to use a telvision as a CCTV. A camera from a baby monitor or security system is adapted by placing it on a loupe magnifier with a stand. The magnifier can then be moved over the page to be read and the sytem connected to the television to show the material on the screen. MATERIALS: Video monitoring system, loupe magnifier with stand (8x used), and television. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. TITLE: Home Made CCTV with no Internal Modifi

Cd Dots

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide large braille dots for games, teaching activities, and bulletin boards. Use damaged, advertising, or obsolete CD disks for braille enhancement activities. Place disks on a sheet of black paper to enhance contrast and ask questions such as "How many letters can be made using only two dots?" or "How many letters can be made with four dots?" More advanced activities might include presenting a specific set of CD Dots and asking how many contractions can be made.

Chair For The Child With Hypertonic Cns Dysfunction.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Chair with a cylindrically shaped seat for the child to straddle, in order to promote balance and encourage adduction and external rotation of the hip, hip and knee flexion and ankle dorsiflection. Describes child's chair made with a length of 10 inch sewer pipe on a base high enough that the child's feet rest flat on the floor. The base and backrest are made of wood. Seat and back are padded, and velcro straps may be added as thigh supports. Includes

Chair Trolley.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mobile platform to place under standard chair to easily move the chair around. Instructions for building a platform with casters to place under a standard chair. Includes corner blocks to prevent legs of chair from falling off platform and the board can be lengthened for a footrest. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child. REF: Book: Englewoods Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc:

Cheek Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sensitive switch that can be activated by slight head movement when mounted or held near child's cheek or chin to operate tape recorder, light, or battery toy. Device is constructed of subminiature SPDT lever switch, earphone with subminiature size plug, large bobby pin, cardboard, glue, tape, and rosin core solder. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: Homemade Battery Powered Toys and Educational Devices for Severely Handicapped Ch

Chest Operated Sewing Machine.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides ability to operate a variable speed sewing machine without the use of hands. A mounting arm was developed with a chest pad to operate the lever switch of the sewing machine. By using the chest it allows hands to be free to control the fabric in the machine. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: David law, Jr., Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center, Rehab. Engineering Dept., Fishersville, VA 22939, 703-885-9724. TITLE: Tools, Equipment

Clamp On Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Table or stand holder for supporting horn or other wind instruments. The holder is made from a standard harmonica brace (available commercially). A horn-to-holder adapter is made of wood, hard felt, pressboard, or molded plastic. A hole is cut in the middle which fits snugly on the horn just behind the mouthpiece. The holder is angled correctly using screw adjustments at the base of the brace. The holder is fitted to an expandable bar that is attached

Classroom Gate

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY PURPOSE: To enable classroom doors to be left open while preventing children with cognitive or other disabilities from leaving rooms without assistance. Made of pine for light weight, the gate is designed to fit the width of the door frame. The frame is made of pine lumber and vertical pine dowelling fills the center. The dowels are placed closely enough together to prevent children from getting their heads caught. Lift in/lift out hinge fittings are attached to the door f

Clay Hammers.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy hammer can be used by child as part of an exercise routine to strengthen upper extremities. Using a saw, cut a pattern into a 1 1/4 by 1 1/4 by 2 3/8 inch piece of softwood that will serve as the hammer head. Drill a hole into the hammer head and glue a 1/2 inch by 8 inch dowel into it. The child can use this toy to strike clay. The pattern on the hammer head will leave indentations on the clay, hopefully extending the child's interest in the activ

Climbing Frame.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stand alone ladder-like frame for exercise. List of materials and instructions for constructing a climbing frame of plywood (3 pieces, each 18 by 22 inches) and 5 dowels, 1 inch diameter and 17 3/4 inches long. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: This equipment should be used only under the guidance of a therapist. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 86-89.

Clock.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Play clock with moveable hands to help a child learn to tell time. Describes how to build a plywood "clock" on a stand to hold it upright, with hands that can be moved by the child and by family members in teaching the child to tell time. Includes list of materials needed and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 130-131. Also available from

Closet Adaptations

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To make an existing closet accessible to seniors and individuals with arthritis, balance disabilities, or mobility disabilities. This illustrated article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," discusses various inexpensive modifications. Included are lowering the clothes rod, adding shelves at usable heights, storing items on the floor in baskets, and replacing the closet door with a curtain or lighter weight folding door. AUTHOR: Greenstein

Cloth Lap Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Overcomes the difficulty of a person in a wheelchair to balance objects on the lap. Cloth tray with stiffened edges can be constructed to provide a flat surface on which to place articles. Stiffened edge serves to prevent things from slipping off the tray. Made of 1 and 1/8 yards of fabric or 1/2 yard each of two contrasting fabrics, velcro, and 1 and 1/8 yard rubber tubing or garden hose. COMMENTS: Simple pattern and instructions for construction are

Coat Adaptation For The Wheelchair Bound.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long coat has the lower back removed to make it easier to put on and off and avoid sitting on heavy folds of fabric. The side seams of the coat are opened and the back of the coat is cut off below the waist. The opened edges are finished. This reduces the bulk of a heavy coat but also covers the front of the legs for warmth. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR:Bowar, M. TITLE:Clothing for the Handicapped, Fashion Adaptations for Adults an

Coat.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted coat for easier dressing. The side seams of a purchased coat are opened as far as the cuffs, which are left intact. Matching bias tape is sewn to the opened seams, then large snaps are added to the seams. The coat can be easily unsnapped to fold to the back of the wheelchair when going in and out of buildings. Includes diagram. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: TITLE: Letters to the Editor, "Dressing Made Easier". REF: Journal article: Exception

Collapsible Lap Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheelchair lapboard folds and stores on back of chair. Lightweight lapboard attaches to full length wheelchair arms. It folds in half and can be used as a short lapboard, or removes and stored easily on the back of the wheelchair. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking AUTHOR: Bob Warren, UCP of Akron, 318 Water STreet, Akron, OH 330-376-6041. TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education and Employment of Handicapp

Color Matching.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Intended to facilitate color differentiation and matching. Toy made from a piece of plywood about 3 by 10 inches, 6 plywood squares, 1 1/2 inches square, and paint manufacturers' sample color cards - 2 cards each of 6 colors. One set of color samples is glued down one side of the board, the other on the blocks, which can then be placed on the board next to the same color. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your

Combination Sink And Shower Unit.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To make an accessible bathroom facility for a quadriplegic in an affordable manner with a simple efficient low cost facility which combines the sink and shower in a single unit. Cabinet is made of lightweight sink and drainage system that can easily be removed to free the entire shower area for bathing. Shower is accessible on a roll-in track. Rolling pulley lift is fitted to a 10 foot 4 inches wide steel I beam that attaches to ceiling. SKILLS REQUIRE

Combo Reading

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To aid a student who became low vision after learning to read standard print to learn Braille by reinforcing Braille words learned and demonstrating the efficiency of Braille reading. Enlarge a simple text (e.g., a recipe) to 72 point double-spaced type, and transcribe the equivalant text in Braille below each line. The Braille text should contain words that the student already knows. Separate the lines with puff paint. TITLE: Combo Reading (in Springboard). AU

Communication Aid For Use With One's Foot.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shoe attachment with pointer to use with a keyboard for communication. Device developed for a paralyzed person with the use of one foot. It consists of a plexiglass form shaped like the sole of a shoe with a 3 inch tongue through which a rubber tipped pointer is inserted. The device is held on the foot with a strap around the heel. With the user's heel rested the ground, the pointer is used to access a keyboard. COMMENTS: Developed at Rehabilitation En

Communication Bib Or Bolo

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRYPURPOSE: To create a communication bib and bolo that a parent or service provider can wear for use with a child with intellectual and communication disabilities. The bib and bolo are made from material that accepts hook Velcro. Pictures or symbols are backed with the Velcro and attached to the bib or bolo. To construct the bib, round off the four corners of a piece of material and fold the material in half vertically. Cut a slit approximately 2 inches into material at the

Communication Board

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with communication disabilities to communicate. To make this device, cut piece of cardboard or other stiff material to size. Place the cardboard in the center of the display material and cut the material, leaving enough for the sides to fold over the front of the cardboard. Apply hot glue to the perimeter of the cardboard and fold the material over. Cut excess to allow fabric to lay smoothly. Be sure to have Velcro-sensitive side of the

Communication Board

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with little or no verbal communication ability to convey messages and participate in conversations. This basic device can be printed on a board or on standard paper. The board is designed with six rows: Row one has the letters A through E; row two has the letters F through J; row three has the letters K through O; row four has the letters P through T; and row five has the letters U through Z. The sixth row includes standard messages that are oft

Communication Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides a display of vocabulary items representing thoughts the user is unable to express verbally. Shows examples of simple laptray communication boards. suggests materials used be sturdy (e.g., plywood) and that items on board be covered by clear, protective plexiglass sheet. Diagrams show boards fitted on a wheelchair, on a standing frame and with extensions. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR:Golbin, A. TITLE:Cerebral Palsy and Communication: Wh

Communication Can

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRYPURPOSE: To create a communication can for use with children with intellectual and communication disorders. Pringles Torengos (potato chips) come in a triangular shaped can. Empty and clean the can and remove the label. Cut a piece of self-stick felt (available at most craft stores) to cover the outside of the can. This creates the communication device or choice board. Attach two-inch communication symbols (made with Boardmaker software; see entry) with Velcro hook attached

Communication Key Chains

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children and adults who are not able to verbally express their basic wants and needs participate in social gatherings by communicating with the use of a portable communication key chain.

Communication Notebook

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals who are not able to speak to communicate. To create the book using a computer, using a word processing program, set up a document with half-inch margins on all four sides and set the page orientation to landscape. Create a table that is 10 cells wide and 10 cells high. Format cells to be about 0.7-inch tall so that all ten rows fit on one page. Adjust as necessary. Using the template or personal design, create an alphabet and commonly us

Communication Tray

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRYPURPOSE: To create a conversation tray for assistance in conversation skills for children with intellectual and communication disabilities. Take an old, round cleaned fruit/vegetable tray and use construction paper to differentiate the various conversation topics on sections of the circle. Topics can include anything a child might have an interest in (animals, family, friends, movies). Using Velcro, attach topic pictures (using BoardMaker communication symbols) to each sec

Communication Wheel.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Easy to manipulate communication device for a nonverbal person with a limited vocabulary. Communication wheel made of two 12 inch circles of plywood or masonite and a piece of 1/2 inch dowel. The top circle has a dowel handle on the edge, and a 3 to 4 inch hole cut out half way between the center and the edge. Symbols can be pasted on interchangeable cardboard circles, which go between the wood circles. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. A

Communicator / Computer Stand

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with aphasia as a result of a stroke to conveniently use a communicator. A surplus, commercially available computer support arm capable of 360-degree rotation and cantilever extension was mounted atop a 70-pound steel cone that had been adapted to receive the table clamp on the support arm, and to sutain the leverage generated by the fully extended arm. TITLE: The Computer Stand. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutio

Communicator.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Scanning communicator allows a nonverbal person to convey standard (fixed format) responses associated with a particular job, task or environment. Describes a communicator consisting of 2 DL 747 seven segment displays, one for the user, the other for the recipient of the message. Messages consist of 2 digit numbers that represent words or phrases. There is sound alert so the user can indicate the desire to convey a message. The single pole, double thro

Computer / Communicator Tray

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a laptop with speech software and a wheelchair to access the computer screen and control switch while leaving the surface of the wheelchair tray free. Hardware from a standard roll out under desk keyboard shelf was modified to provide a platform for the laptop. Only the switch controlling the software is exposed on the tray surface, preventing inadvertent hitting of keys. The screen can be folded down and the complete unit stored

Computer Interface For Optical Headpointer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Optical headpointer and photodetector circuit designed to be immune to false triggering. Describes a photodetector circuit tuned to respond only to light pulsed at 90 Hertz (from a headpointer beam), ignoring shifts in ambient light level and room lighting. Circuit output feeds directly into a computer. Includes circuit diagrams for a lamp driver and a photodetector. COMMENTS: For further information contact: G L Heseltine, Science Unlimited Research F

Concealable Helmet For Seizure-Prone Individuals.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cosmetically acceptable helmet which can be worn under a cap, wig, or other inconspicuous headwear by individuals who are seizure-prone. Describes development and fabrication of a lightweight, well fitting, well ventilated, easy to clean and cosmetically acceptable (inconspicuous) helmet for persons who are prone to have seizures or to fall. Discusses tests of materials, and vacuum-form construction of the helmet on a plaster cast of the client's head,

Connect Four Communication Device

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a simple, low-cost communication board. The game's vertical frame enables players drop black or red disks into rows. The object is to get four of one color disks in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally before the opponent. To adapt it as a communication device, glue pictures or letters to both sides of the disks and drop them into the frame. Selections can be made by pointing. It can also be used as an educational tool by gluing shapes, p

Construction Of Adapted Archery Bow

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to facilitate holding an archery bow by a person without the ability to grip. Device consists of a 3/16 inch thick aluminum reinforcement on the belly of the bow attached to a leather and aluminum strip (3/4 inch wide by 1/8 inch thick and approximately the length of the user's forearm). Forearm grip held on with velcro strips. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: The person for whom this device was designed used a prosthetic hook to pull and release the bo

Container Aids

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with Friedrich's ataxia to dispense various items that come in spray containers requiring a button to be depressed with the index finger. Purchasing spray bottles with trigger levers, which can be filed with body spray, hairspray, conditioner, etc. for easier application. MATERIALS: Trigger spray bottles. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Quest Extra: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/quest/extra/qe14-5

Converting A Knee Supporter Into An Effective Shoulder Support Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shoulder support adapted from an elastic knee support, devised to support an injured shoulder without incapacitating the arm. Tubular elastic knee support with a V cut out leaving about a 2 inch circumferential remnant which fits around the upper arm. Cotton webbing and a strap long enough to fasten around the chest are sewn along the top edge of the support. Another foam pad under the opposite arm can be used to hold the strap lower on the chest. SKIL

Cookie Sheet Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pressure switch made of cookie sheets which can be used to activate a tape player, battery toy or light. Switch made of 2 aluminum or steel cookie sheets ( or pizza pans), a subminiature size plug, 4 feet of 2 conductor 22 gauge stranded wire, and foam insulation tape. Includes instructions, diagrams and a photograph. Suggests uses. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. Soldering. Assembly. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: More Homemade Battery Devices for Severel

Copy Camera Platform.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Solid, adjustable base for a copy camera eliminating the need for a tripod. Aluminum camera base adapted to slide on the support rails of a view camera copy stand, using a focusing rack from an 8x10 inch view camera to provide horizontal left to right movement and a center elevator to provide vertical movement. COMMENTS: For further information contact the developer: Donald J Winge, 110 Cherry ##110, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201. SKILLS REQUIRED: Me

Copy Machine Savin 880L

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow touch sensitive switches, which cannot be felt, to be usable by blind persons. A pattern of the switches, using a brailling system on a transparent overlay, is made. This allows a blind person to feel the switch locations and does not interfere with operation by a sighted person. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education and Employment of Hand

Cork Needle Stabilizer

-DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To stabilize needles for threading. Corks can be used to stabilize needles during threading. Applying purchased self-adhesive cork circles to each end of a spool of thread creates a ready-to-use needle stabilizer. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Paskin, N. TITLE: Put a Cork on It! JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 34 no. 1, Spring 2002: p. 26. PAGES: 1 2002.

Cork-Tabbed Multi-Page Communication Book Secured To Lap Tray

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- DESCRIPTION: A vinyl communication book attached to the wheelchair lap tray with U-bolts. Staggered corkboard strips separate the pages. The user flips each page over the front edge of the lap tray until the desired pages is found. PURPOSE: To stabilize and facilitate easy page selection and page turning of a communication book for individual who have poor arm and hand coordination. The system described here is very durable, to accommodate a particular in

Corner Chair And Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Corner chair with pommel and optional table made to give extra support and to keep a child from leaning backward. Instructions for building a chair (of chipboard or plywood) with a right-angled back and a pommel, made to fit the child. Can be built without a base. The optional table is built in the shape of half a donut to provide further support. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for

Cosmetic Chest Strap.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shirts are modified to hide chest strap in wheelchair. Shirts and sweaters have small slits made at the appropriate height on each side. The straps are inserted through the shirt and secured in the correct position. The shirt is then buttoned over the chest strap to provide a better appearance in the wheelchair. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: TITLE: Clinical Forum. REF: Newsletter: Volume 1, No 1, Fortress Scientific, 61 Miami St, Buffalo, NY 14204.

Counterbalanced Swivel Fork.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fork and tray ensemble designed to enable a person with minimal upper extremity function to eat independently. Describes a plywood tray, with suction cups on the bottom to prevent slipping, which holds a scoop dish attached with velcro and a cutout circle for a glass; a fork with an extension allows it to swivel. The fork is fastened to the dish with a chain of rubber bands which acts to keep the fork parallel to the plate when it is in the plate and h

Countersink Holding Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Drill press guide is designed to achieve accurate control of the countersinking process for those with limited hand function. To construct the fixture, a small cradle is welded to a piece of steel tubing with a U shaped strip welded to the opposite end. A clamp holds the countersink in the cradle. The U shaped strap guides the drill press without interfering with its normal action. Includes illustration. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Aikens, T; Wat

Counting No 2.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device intended to help a child learn to count and to aid dexterity by moving beads along a wire or moving them from one pin to another. Plywood base with a wire along the back on which 10 wooden beads, 1/2 inch in diameter, are strung, allowing space to move the beads; 11 nails are driven through it from the bottom (and rounded off for safety) near the front edge on which beads can be placed. Includes diagram and suggestions for use. SKILLS REQUIRED:

Coupon Holder Communication Display

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create a coupon holder communication display that can be used with children and adults with intellectual or communication disabilities. Take a magnet backed coupon holder (can be found at a dollar store) and place it on the refrigerator where it can be easily reached. Using 2 x 3 inch cards create picture/symbol cards for the user of foods, juices, etc. and to represent actions such as want, eat, like, thirsty, hungry, done, etc. Place the appropriate pict

Cradle Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons with arthritis, spasticity, hypotonia, burned or scarred fingers, or partially amputated fingers. Pick is attached to a piece of orthoplast that is shaped around the finger. Can be applied to dorsal or ventral surface of the finger with a velcro strap. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St louis; Magnamu

Cradle To Hold Bike In The Back Of A Pickup.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cradle is designed to hold the front tires of two bicycles in a pickup truck but it could also be built to hold the two tires of a wheelchair. Wooden rack made from plywood and dowels. Twin cradles are mounted on a flat piece of plywood that lies on the truck bed. the base can be notched to fit any ribs in the truck bed. Includes photograph and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. TITLE: Cradle holds bike in back of a pickup. REF: Article: Sunset Mag

Crawler.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small cart that is low to the ground so a child can crawl with support in a prone position. Instructions for a crawler. Box frame with curved ends to accommodate the body. Four casters are placed on the legs. A piece of canvas in tacked across the top to provide a sling to support the body. Materials list. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child. REF: Book: Englewoods Cliffs

Crawler.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Frame on casters with a sling to support a child while crawling. Plywood frame with casters on legs made of 1 1/2 inch softwood. The front and rear boards are cut down in a curve; a piece of canvas is tacked to the sides creating a sling support for the child's body. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: Child must have head control. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir

Crayon Holder

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRYPURPOSE: To create an adaptive crayon holder for children with grasping and fine motor skill disabilities. Take a 35-millimeter film canister and cut an "X" in the bottom and top. Insert the crayon through the Xs. Using both top and bottom of canister makes the crayon more stable. MATERIALS: Discarded 35 millimeter film canister (available for free from any store that does film processing) and crayon. TOOLS: Utility Knife. TITLE: Adapted Crayon Holder JOURNAL: Ideas to shar

Crochet Aid For One-Handed Operation.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold thread and maintain tension on it to allow a person with use of one arm to crochet. Describes a wood stand with a box to hold the yarn or thread, and a system of buffers and levers to maintain tension on it and position the work in process; tension is released with a foot operated pedal. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: Designed by Bob Loughlin. For further information contact: Technical Aid to the Disabled, 227 Morrison Road, PO Box 108,

Crochet Aid For The Amputee.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid developed to allow a below-elbow amputee using a prosthetic hook to crochet. Device constructed from a plastic (Polyform) strip 32 by 2 cm bent in half at right angles with one half bent into an oval; and a strip of velcro. Describes how the device and the prosthetic hook used together anchor the thread and provide tension to facilitate crocheting. Includes photograph and drawings. COMMENTS: Author affiliated with Loma Linda University Medical Cent

Cross Shaft Extension Control.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Designed for operators who use one hand and may need to relocate the clutch and brake controls to the opposite side. The cross shaft allows an operator to relocate tractor controls to the opposite side. A heavy duty steel rod was inserted into a tube. The ends of the rod were bent at 90 degree angles, and in opposite directions of each other. The rod has a knob to grip at one end. A bolt hole is at the other end for attachment to a linkage. Mounting br

Cross-Country Gun Holder Attachment

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder for a rifle or shotgun mounted on a wheelchair. Gun holder consists of a soup can padded with foam rubber or cloth attached to a wheelchair footrest support with metal bailing strap and screws to hold the muzzle, and a leather strap at the top of the front wheel support to hold the gun in place. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: NRA Shooting Sports Education Program TITLE: Assorted Articles on Teaching Shooting Sports to the H

Crossover Lever.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows a worker having use of left hand only to operate a device with its actuation handle placed at the opposite side from its former location. Actuation handles are typically oriented for the convenience of a right handed person. A bar was mounted on the handle shaft extending across the device to its left side. COMMENTS: For additional information contact: Leonard Anderson Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc. 2021 North Old Manor Build

Crutch Bag.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bag attaches to handle of crutch to assist in carrying small items. Instructions are provided to make a small bag with gussets to attach to the side handgrip of a crutch. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Occupational Therapy Service. TITLE: REF: Resource Sheet: Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York. .

Crutch Holder

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To keep his wife’s crutches handy from her wheelchair, Mel Nowland, a retired engineer, mounted a loaf pan to the bottom of the chair with electrical brackets. He added Velcro straps to fasten the crutches in the pan so his wife can carry them with her. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/Quest/q113diy.html. REF: Vol. 11, No. 3, May/June 2004. PAGES (including cover): 4.

Crutch Splints For A Quadriplegic Child.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Molded plastic finger splints to allow a quadriplegic child with no active finger motion to hold on to and propel crutches. Describes finger splints and provides a drawing and photographs of how they work. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Carter, C TITLE: Crutch Splints for a Quadriplegic Child JOURNAL: American Journal of Occupational Therapy REF: Vol 33 no 8, Aug 1979: p 527-528 PAGES (including cover): 2 1979.

Crutch Tip For Ice Walking.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Retractable metal rod attached to crutch tips for increased safety when walking on ice. A wooden block is screwed onto a metal faceplate slotted to permit a metal rod to slide up and down the middle of a crutch and lock into place. The block is bolted to the crutch just under the handgrips. A small hole is drilled through the crutch tip to allow the point of the metal rod to extend beyond the crutch tip as needed. Includes photograph and diagram. COMME

Cubit Cane

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision who use powered wheelchairs in reaching elevator call buttons or buttons on the control panel for higher floors. This short cane constructed from parts of damaged canes can be constructed of spare parts from damaged canes and attached to the wheelchair using hook-and-loop strips. Cut a cane grip and shaft to 17 inches. Install a slip-over tip on the end of the shaft, increasing the length to 18 inches. Complete the tool b

Cup And Ball Game.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Coordination game involving throwing and catching a small ball in a container. Instructions for making a ball catch game in two ways: one using a 2 1/ 2 inch diameter plastic funnel, one with a plastic squeeze bottle of the same diameter with a handle fastened into the neck. A string is then attached to the tip of the cup and to a 1 inch rubber or plastic ball fastened to the other end, leaving about 26 inches of string. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTH

Cup Holder

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide powered wheelchair users with the ability to carry beverages. A cup holder designed to clamp to an automotive air vent can be adapted for use on a wheelchair. Zip ties can be used to secure the holder squarely to the frame where it works best for the user. TITLE: Cup Holder. REF: http://www.wheelchairmodifications.org. The organization can also be reached at Wheelchair Modifications, 5533 A Pony Farm Drive, Richmond, VA 23227.

Cup Holder 1

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with quadriplegia to drink independently. This cup holder is made using a flexible gooseneck microphone stand with fittings at each end, a machined clamp that fits the wheelchair armrest, a piece of black PVC drain collar, and fence wire. The PVC collar has a notch cut into the side of it to hold a thermal coffee cup, and a wire cage was added below to hold most juice bottles and soda cans. A piece of fencing wire is placed inside the go

Cup Holder With Handle

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create an easy way to pick up various size cups or bottles. Cut a piece of 4-inch diameter PVC pipe and split it on one side so the hoop can expand and fit over a larger container. Screw a wooden handle into the PVC pipe directly opposite the split. MATERIALS: Wooden handle; 4-inch diameter PVC pipe; wood screws. TOOLS: Bandsaw, screwdriver. SKILLS REQUIRED: Carpentry. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mdausa.

Cushion Design

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cardboard and foam seat cushion is shaped to provide relief from pressure sores for wheelchair users. To construct cushion, cut rectangular pieces of corrugated cardboard the same size as the user's wheelchair seat upholstery. Glue enough pieces together to make a 2 inch high stack. Cut out a pressure relief hole. Dampen top layers of cardboard cushion and have user sit on them for several hours until the cushion is molded to user's buttocks. Dry the c

Custom Seat Cushion

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair to sit for longer periods. A sideways groove 1.5 inches wide was cut into a four-inch thick piece of foam exactly where the user's sitting pressure points are. To maintain the integrity of the foam, the groove starts 2 inches in from each side. A V-shaped groove was cut under the tail bone. The two grooves move sitting pressure to the fleshier parts of the legs and buttocks and alieviates direct pressure on bony area

Customized Game Controller

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity paralysis to operate a video game controller. The controller is fused onto a plastic base, the underside of which is coated with a non-slip material so that when placed flat surface for use, the controller stays pointed at the TV. A lever is fastened to the front of the base on each side for use in activating the forward facing horizontal buttons. The levers are activated by a vertical motion down on levers just below

Cut-Up Textbook, Looseleaf Reader.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Improve ability to independently turn the pages of a book, and keep the book open to the correct page when an individual has poor hand function. Recommends cutting a book from its binding and inserting the pages, hole punched into a looseleaf binder. Book can then be clamped tightly to a heavy bookstand with large clips. If needed, the stand could be clamped to the table. Pages may be turned more easily by using a pencil to which a piece of rubber spon

Cutting Aid And Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cutting board and spiked tool to hold things on the board for slicing or peeling. Cutting board made of 3/8 inch softwood cut to preferred dimensions; and anchoring tool made of a piece of dowel the length and diameter to feel comfortable when held, with rustproof nails, (about 9) long enough to stick out about 2 inches, driven through it; holes should be drilled through the dowel first to prevent the nails from splitting it. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworki

Cutting Board

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with no use of the fingers to use a heavy, sharp knife. The knife is mounted to a universal joint made from quarter-inch Lexan plastic (lexan). The unit is attached to the cutting board with a quarter-inch stainless steel carriage bolt. The knife can then be swiveled from side to side, raised and lowered, and sawed in a back and forth motion. In some applications various adaptations to the handle can interface with a support worn on the h

Cutting Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides assistance to hold food being cut. Hardwood board is cut to size required. Sand and finish. Put two aluminum nails in center of board. Aluminum nails are used because they will not rust. SKILLS REQUIRED: Simple woodworking. AUTHOR: TITLE: Adaptations & Techniques for the Disabled Homemaker. REF: Book: Sister kenny Institute Rehabilitation Publication Number 710: p 20. 1978.

Cutting Edge Communication Board

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The “Cutting Edge” Communication Board Display is a handy way to store and/or use communication symbols. It is designed for use by individuals with communication disabilities.

Cylinder Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cylinder chair to provide support for the child, especially for a child with cerebral palsy; the back prevents the child from falling backwards when bringing the hand toward the mouth. Chair cut from cylinder of thick reinforced cardboard with a thick disk of the same material as a seat. The chair can be padded with foam and covered with a washable material. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Finnie, N R TITLE: Handling the Young Cer

Cylinder Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Chair with cylindrical back and sides to provide support for the trunk and encourage the child' s shoulders forward. Chair made with wood and a cardboard cylinder. Lists materials needed and provides instructions for constructing the chair, which can be made with a removable pommel. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with a Child who has a Physical Disability REF: Melbourne, Australia: Health

D.I.Y. Adaptive Tricycle

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Helps children with movement disabilities ride a tricycle safely with guidance. A store-bought tricycle is adapted with the addition of foot holders, a seat back, seat belt and a PVC pipe push bar. COMMENTS: The DIY Adaptive Tricycle is designed for children with mobility issues, low muscle tone, or other disabilities that prevent them from riding independently. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic construction (fine motor skills). AUTHOR: Unspecified. TITLE: Adapti

D.I.Y. Adult Johnny Jumper

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: This DIY device helps a disabled individual participate in recreational activities such as dancing and exercise. Innertube material, harnesses, and a ceiling attachment rod make up the Adult Johnny Jumper. COMMENTS: The Adult Johnny Jumper is designed to accommodate those with disabilities who normally wouldn't be able to dance or exercise independently. SKILLS REQUIRED: Construction (fine motor). AUTHOR: Unspecified. TITLE: Adult Johnny Jumper. REF: I

D.I.Y. Bike Map Holder

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide a place for bike riders to store, hold and protect maps from the elements during bike rides. PREPPARATION 1) Get a length of steel rod and bend it around the stem and bars to make the frame. 2) Cut a plastic clipboard to map-size and strap onto the rod frame. 3) Clip on your map - inside a clear zip lock bag if their a predication of rain . Author: by dogeggs.

D.I.Y. Button Hook Zipper Pull

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow individuals with limited fine motor and dexterity participate in dressing activities by using a device to manage clothing buttons and zippers. MATERIALS USED: One - 7/8 inch metal cup holder hook, one - 6 inch long, 9/16 inch dowel, one jumbo paper clip, wood glue, Pliers. PREPPARATION: 1.Pre-drill small holes in each end of the dowel. 2.Put dab of glue in one hole of dowel. 3.Twist cup holder into hole being careful not to split dowel. 4.Stra

D.I.Y. Electronic Dice

***Do It Yourself*** D.I.Y. Electronic Dice is designed for use by individuals with limited fine motor and upper extremity strength and coordination due to arthritis, neurological impairment, illness or surgery. It can be used children and adults during recreational games. Materials: Electronic Die with a 3.5 millimeters mono headphone socket. Thin wire (e.g 7 strand 0.2millimeters). Soldering iron (15 to 30 Watt power). Thin solder. Soldering flux. Desoldering braid. Step 1: Drill a hole. Locat

D.I.Y. Game Console Switch Interface Deluxe

***Do It Yourself*** Game Console Switch Interface Deluxe is designed for use by individuals with limited fine motor and coordination while accessing Playstations. Materials: 1x Sega Dreamcast Arcade Stick 1x Ultimarc iPac board with USB PC lead. 1x Ultimarc Playstation adapter with case, fitted with latest PCB and OneSwitch.org.uk control-set chip. 1x PS/2 to PS/2 connecting lead 1x USB Keyboard 1x On/Off switch (e.g. Maplin's "JR96E") 3x Small push switches (e.g. Maplin's "FH59P") 27x 3.5mm so

D.I.Y. Haptic Gloves

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows a system of vibrations help those with hand and upper extremity disabilities practice fine motor skills. Small vibration motors are connected to biking gloves and are controlled through a computer interface. COMMENTS: For those who have issues with small, fine motor movements, the vibrations can help assist a user in creating muscle memory of the functional movements. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic engineering. AUTHOR: David Schneider. TITLE: DIY glove-

D.I.Y. Kneeguards

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Kneeguards help cushion the knees for those whose physical ailments require them to walk primarily using their knees. Reisen molds, silicone and stretch fabric make up these cushioned kneeguards. COMMENTS: For those who have mobility diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, the kneepads can allow one's knees to become an effective way to independently move around. SKILLS REQUIRED: Motor skills. AUTHOR: Timothy Demaegdt. TITLE: Kneeguards. REF: Instructabl

D.I.Y. Lamp Switch For Dogs

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: This DIY product is specially designed for people who use trained service dogs to help them in daily life. The problem was that the service dog could not push the button very well, therefore this lever system was the solution. Another advantage of this specific product is that it can be used by service dogs, people who use a wheelchairs and older people. MATERIALS USED: Strong wooden plates (we used multiplex) thickness: 6millimeter; surface: 1x 450mil

D.I.Y. Lighter Aid

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide assistance for those with limited fine motor strength and dexterity to light a lighter rod. MATERIALS USED: Plasticine or clay, Lighter rod, 2 component casting silicone with stiffness A30, 5 pieces wood, Low density polyutherane foam, Braided polyamide rope (rope with little stretch), 2 Eyebolts, Putty, Bicycle brake lever, Paint. TOOLS NEEDED: Drill, Sandpaper. PREPPARATION: 1. Personalize Hand Print: Use the Plasticine or clay to make a h

D.I.Y. Make-N-Take Cutting Board

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: This cutting board is for anyone who has the use of only one hand. It has stainless steel nails to hold vegetables in place. PVC corner guards help prevent food from sliding off the board. It has a non-slip material to keep the board from sliding. MATERIALS USED: 1 - Plastic Cutting Board, 2 - PVC Pipe (around 4 inches), 3 - Long Nails (1¾ inch), 4 - Screws (½ inch), 1 - Small Package of Easy Liner shelf paper or any type of non-slip material that can

D.I.Y. Ooglies

***Do It Yourself*** OOglie adaptation allows children with limited fine motor, grasping and motor control due to cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and/or illnesses activate mechanical toys and watch it move and light up. Materials: Any OOglie with a 3x 3.5 millimeters headphone socket; thin wire (e.g 7strand 0.2 millimeters). A Soldering iron (15 to 30 Watt power). Thin solder. Soldering flux. Desoldering braid. Cordless drill with drill bit 6 (1/4"); knife or wire strippers; small screwdr

D.I.Y. Scalextric

***Do It Yourself*** D.I.Y. Scalextric is race track game designed for children with limited fine motor, upper extremity strength and grasping abilities due to cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or surgery. It allows the activity to be activated by switch. Materials: Chaserz racing game; 2x 3.5 millimeter mono headphone socket. Thin wire (e.g 7strand 0.2millimeter). Soldering iron (15 to 30 Watt power). Thin solder. Soldering flux. Desoldering braid. Cordless drill with 2 drill bits (1x ¼ inch; 1x

D.I.Y. Simple Sun Visor

***Do It Yourself*** Simple Sun Visor is designed for use by individuals with vision loss who find that bright overhead sunlight hurts their eyes. This visor augments traditional sunglasses and packs very lightly. Materials: 1/8" thick craft foam, cardboard, paper, or similar materials Scissors Hole punch Sun glasses Step 1 1. Draw the visor shape on a piece of craft foam (or cardboard). 2. Cut out the shape. Step 2: Earpiece Holes 3. Use the hole punch to make holes for the earpieces. You can u

D.I.Y. Toddler Bed Guard

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Helps prevent both children and adults from falling off a bed or couch while sleeping. PVC piping is utilized to make a side frame for a bed or couch. COMMENTS: The DIY Toddler Bed Guard is designed for individuals who move a lot while sleep, or have disabilities which cause them to make sharp movements which may cause them to fall. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic construction (fine motor skills). AUTHOR: Mates, Trevor. TITLE: How to Make a Toddler Bed Guard. R

D.I.Y. Toy Bar/Gym

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children with cortical blindness MATERIALS USED: 2 right angles, 3 opening 1 inch diameter “T” connectors, 4 right angles, 2 opening 1 inch diameter “elbow” connectors, 4 right angles, 3 opening 1 inch diameter “corner” connectors, Nine 2 foot long pieces of 1 inch diameter PVC piping**, Four 1 foot long pieces of 1 inch diameter PVC piping**, Elastic bands (typical white elastic bands, found at fabric and arts & crafts stores), Toy rings,

D.I.Y. Tumbler

***Do It Yourself*** D.I.Y. Tumbler is a remote control car. This modification allows users with limited fine motor, strength, and grasping abilities use a switch to activate the small buttons on the remote control base. Materials: Tumbler Remote Control Car with 2 button controller; 2x 3.5 millimeters headphone socket. Thin wire (e.g 7strand 0.2 millimeters). Soldering iron (15 to 30 Watt power). Thin solder. Soldering flux. Desoldering braid. Cordless drill with drill bit 6 (1/4 inch). Knife o

D.I.Y. Tumbler In The Dark

***Do It Yourself*** D.I.Y. Tumbler in the Dark is a remote control car adapted for individuals with a sight impairment. Materials: Light sticks Electroluminescent Wire:"El' Wire" is cool flexible light, much like Neon only in the form of plastic wire. It can be wrapped around anything. Step 1: Attach 4 inch glow sticks to the roof of the car. Use small 1.1/2 inch glow sticks in the wheel holes. Step 2: Where fixing glow sticks in the wheels, ensure that they do not touch the car's chassis when

D.I.Y. Wheelchair Accessible Crib

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: This DIY Wheelchair Accessible Crib is used to accommodate parents with disabilities access their children. Can be constructed by sawing an ordinary crib's front gate to form two doors. Door brackets and the use of linchpins allow for the doors to lock from the outside. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Bloggers at www.disabledparents.net. LINK: http://www.disabledparents.net/?page_id=95

D4E1 Cookie Aid

D4E1 Cookie Aid is designed for users with limited upper extremity, strength and coordination as a result of cerebral palsy or a brain injury.

Deep Steps

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a person to uses a walker when climbing stairs. Deep treads are added over existing steps without removing original treads, allowing easy conversion back to the original steps when deep treads are no longer needed. A reputable building contractor can design and build deep steps. ATSolutions makes the following recommendations: Make stair treads and stair runners from 2x6 feet and 2x12 feet CCA/Treated lumber. This provides protection from wood decay an

Delay Timer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Delay timer allows switch to stay on for one to eleven seconds even if the switch is only activated briefly. A simple electronic circuit is constructed on a micro miniature prepunched perfboard and placed into a small box. Twenty-two gauge stranded wire is arranged on the perfboard and soldered into place. Resistors, 9 volt battery, electrolytic capacitor, audio transistor, potentiometer and mini relays are also soldered into place. The circuit board i

Denture Cleaner.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aluminum hand and arm clip device with loops to hold a toothbrush to clean dentures, for person with arthritic or flaccid hand. Aluminum hand and forearm " bracelets" connected with an aluminum bar fastened with rivets, with loops into which a toothbrush, comb or razor can be inserted. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3360 PAGES (including

Deodorant Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Reach extender for a deodorant applicator. Deodorant applicator holder made of strips of aluminum (about 17 1/2 inches total) in three pieces, held together with three riveits and wood handle pieces. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: Developed by the Occupational Therapy Department of the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society, Vancouver, British Columbia. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Mid

Design And Construction Of A Laptray: Preliminary Notes.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Outlines construction of laptrays, particularly for use as communication boards. Describes and provides drawings of various styles of laptrays, discussing size, materials, shape, fabrication measuring, tools and cutting procedure. Discusses wheelchair mounting for laptrays (velcro tape, and wooden runners), and laptrays used as communication boards. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Vanderheiden, G C TITLE: Design and Constructio

Design For A Soft Orthosis.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple soft orthosis for patients with footdrop and minimal spasticity. The orthosis consists of three straps of 1 inch webbing with Velcro fasteners, to fit the calf just below the knee, just above the ankle and around the foot near the toes; and a long nylon lace which is fastened to the toe strap, pulled up on either side of the foot through a loop on the front of the ankle strap, adjusted to the proper tension, and anchored to the leg strap. Discus

Desk Chair

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create an adjustable, mobile desk chair that assists with standing. A barber’s chair was fixed to a homemade wooden platform equipped with casters and a hydraulic unit attached. The chair can be raised and lowered while in use by pulling on a rope attached to the foot lever or pushing on the lever with an inverted cane. The user can also use it to assist with standing by maneuvering the chair into place, stabilizing the user’s knees, and rising. MATERIALS: Ba

Desk Shelf

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To create a lower work surface on an existing desk. This shelf adapts an old-style rolltop desk with twin drawer pedestals (one on each side) beneath the desktop, with an open area between them. A pair of roller drawer slides is installed on the inner faces and a piece of plywood is fit between them, creating a shelf that slides out of sight when not in use. The shelf accommodates a laptop computer and a mouse or it can be used as a writing surface and for paper st

Desktop Lazy Susan

Desktop Lazy Susan is designed for use by individuals with limited upper extremity strength, coordination and dexterity as a result of arthritis, tremors, or neurological involvement.  The desktop Lazy Susan provides easy access to files and supplies on many desktops. Ideal for persons with limited range of motion.

Detachable Laptray With Electronic Talking Communicator.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Laptray to securely hold electronic communication device on wheelchair lapboard. A hinged vacuum formed plastic housing was designed to clamp to the desk arms of a wheelchair. By lifting the laptray the individual has immediate access to the communicator, yet it is concealed when it is not in use. The top of the laptray provides a working surface for the individual. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics, woodworking. AUTHOR: David Law, Jr., W

Developmental Pull-Up Bar

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Designed to allow children to work on developing their upper body strength with a pull-up bar. This pull-up bar takes gravity out of the equation by allowing the student to practice the same motion using a scooter and choices for difficulty. The child or teacher can select which height is best for the attempt. Children grab on to the bar while placing their bodies on the scooter (long scooters are easier than short scooters) and they pull up and relea

Device For One Armed Angler.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Enables the line and the hook to be held firmly for hook tying and baiting by a one armed angler or fisherman. Diagonal slit is cut in round rubber washer which is fitted over fishing rod and holds line firmly. AUTHOR: Water Sports Division: British Sports Association for the Disabled TITLE: Water Sports for the Disabled REF: East Ardsley, England: EP Publishing limited: p 31 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R2531 PAGES (including cover): 2 1983.

Device For Opening Milk Cartons.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to open cardboard milk cartons for persons with little finger strength or dexterity. Illustrates device made of a three-tined hand gardening tool with the tines cut off so they are about the same length. The middle tine is slipped under the peak of the carton with the other tines on top, and the handle is pulled upwards. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence

Device For Star Shaped Water Faucets.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device enables those with limited hand function to turn faucets on and off. Partially straighten out a steel S hook and saw it in half. Saw a U bolt in half. Weld half of the S hook to half of the U bolt. Drill a 1/4 inch hole in the top of a number 2 size file handle. Epoxy the file handle to the end of the U bolt. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make It Cheap Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independenc

Device For Stretching Spastic Hip Adductor Muscles.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Positioning device to increase hip abduction is useful for those with decreased range of motion or spasticity. Describes a device intended to stretch hip adductor muscles and keep the thighs separated, based on a screw jack available from Mazda Motors. Thigh cuffs made of Kay-Splint to conform to the patient's thighs are attached to the jack with banding metal, and foam padding and Velcro straps are glued to the cuffs. The device can be placed between

Device For Stretching The Hamstring Muscles.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device for passive stretching of hamstring muscles. Describes and provides drawings of a device which could be made of plywood, adjustable shelving track and a quadriceps board. Describes method of use. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Dubuc, W E; Bohannon, R W TITLE: Device for Stretching the Hamstring Muscles JOURNAL: Physical Therapy REF: Vol 65 no 3, Mar 1985: p 352 PAGES (including cover): 2 1985.

Device To Pull Up Slacks, Pants And Clothing.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hook device to pull up pants and other clothing. Instructions for a device made of a strong wire bent double with the wires 1/2 inch apart, the end bent again to form a hook. The other end is crimped into a piece of 5/8 inch tubing. The hook end is fastened through loops on pants and the pants can be pulled up without bending over. Loops may need to be sewn on other items of clothing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: M

Dial Scanner For Choice Play

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To incorporate a dial scanner to assist children with disabilities with making choices during play. A light-touch switch is hooked up to a dial scanner. For children with physical disabilities, prop the child’s arm to enable easy access. Using a toy such as Mr. Potato Head with pieces, attach the toy pieces with Velcro onto the dial Plexiglas. Pieces are added as choice making advances. To encourage better scanning toy pieces positioning can be alt

Dice Tosser, The

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities to play games requiring dice throws. A wooden box was built with a circuit, a single solenoid, a plug-in 1/8-inch jack receptacle, and a battery. The dice are placed on the small circular platform. The solenoid, when activated by a pressure switch, pops up and the dice are randomly tossed. TITLE: The Dice Tosser. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/dice1.htm. REF: Th

Dictaphone Switch For Use By A Paraplegic.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch adapter to allow operation of a dictaphone with a floor switch by a paraplegic typist. Describes a hand operated push-button switch designed to replace a foot operated rocker switch for a dictaphone machine. The switch includes a push-on push-off button and a single pole double throw momentary push button to control the rewind mode. COMMENTS: For further information contact: The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation, Rehabilitation Engineering Cent

Digging Tool

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To produce a long-handled digging tool designed for use by individuals in a sitting position. Cut curved handles out of wood with a bandsaw, designing them to be as long as needed to provide an easy reach from a sitting position. Attach a broken hay rake tine to create the digger. MATERIALS: Wood to be cut for handle; hay rake tine. TOOLS: Bandsaw. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http:/

Digital Readout Numerical Counter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Digital counter and display unit capable of both sequencing numbers and correctly placing numbers in columns to assist aphasic employee to emboss license plates. Counter includes 5 digits capable of counting any sequence between 0 and 99,999. As the count increases, the number is displayed in a specified format. Counter is initially set up to indicate correct numbers of the snapper dies to be inserted into press. Operator checks counter readout and mat

Dining Smock

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities or tremors, arthritis, or grasping, eating, swallowing, or fine motor disabilities to eat without soiling clothing. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article provides a pattern, detailed instructions, and illustrations for making a dining smock from a used shirt or blouse one size larger than the wearer’s usual size. The shirt is buttoned closed in the front and cut open down the bac

Disappearing Grocery List

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children with developmental, cognitive or communication delays participate in grocery shopping by identifying items with the help of a communication board.

Distal Finger Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons with limited or no pincer grasp. Pick is attached to a dorsal shell made of orthoplast with a velcro strap for support. Can be attached to a toe. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St louis; Magnamusic-Baton: p 23. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0272. 1980.

Distal Support Sling For The Hemiplegic Patient.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sling for a hemiplegic patient which supports the hand and allows the arm to swing during ambulation. Sling made by adding a distal support component to a Bobath roll, modified roll sling or shoulder saddle sling, all of which involve a strap around the chest and affected shoulder. The modification consists of 1 inch webbing measured to fit the patient which attaches to the front of the shoulder strap and to the hand piece, made of a cone with a piece

DIY Rubik's Cube - Blind Man's Cube - Metal Rubiks cube

DIY - Rubik's Cube - Blind Man's Cube - Metal Rubik’s is designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. 

DIY 3 Ring Binder Opening Tool

3 Ring Binder Opening Tool is designed for use by individuals with fine motor dexterity, coordination, and limited upper extremity skills as a result of arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis, or traumatic brain injury. This tool is designed to provide the additional leverage that is often needed for a person with limited hand dexterity to open a three-ring binder.

DIY 3D Printing Prosthetic Hand - Make it Real Challenge

3D Printing Prosthetic Hand - Make it Real Challenge Scand, designed by Scott Allen, and is a piece of functional body art for consumers with single upper-body amputations.  Scand is designed to enhance the user's quality of life

DIY Adapted Outdoor Plant Watering Wand Holder

The Adapted Outdoor Plant Watering Wand Holder is designed for use by individuals with limited upper and lower extremity coordination and strength as a result of cerebral palsy, stroke, arthritis and muscular dystrophy.  A traditional 36 inch outdoor plant watering wand (the kind that attaches to a hose) was attached to a fishing pole holder with a universal clamp that can be attached to any wheelchair or other mobility device. A handle was added to enable those with limited motion to independen

Diy Adapted Power Wheels Toy

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself adapted power wheels electric ride on toy for children with disabilities. First locate the two wires that connect to the pedal switch and splice into the wires on either side of this switch. To create a switch for a child who cannot use the foot pedal a standard light switch can be used. Using a hot glue gun secure the wires so they do not hang all over the place and get ripped out. The wires you install should not be visibl

DIY Adjustable Shower Head Rail

DIY Adjustable Shower Head Rail is designed for use by individuals with endurance, balance, and lower extremity disabilities. It is an adjustable shower head rail to accommodate a full range of users, from a sitting position to standing position.

Diy Adjustable Tray

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself adjustable tray for a child with severe disabilities to use drawing, coloring, etc. This DIY tray is a PVC frame with a leg in the middle to allow for angle adjustment. The tray is created from a piece of shower board which is cut to the size needed. The child is then measured and a cutout added to go around the child. The PVC frame is a little smaller than the tray itself and is attached to the tray using Velcro. A drill an

Diy Assistive Pan Holder

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself (DIY) assistive pan holder for individuals with upper extremity or grasping disabilities or the use of only one hand. The DIY assistive pan holder is designed to be a low-cost alternative for individuals with disabilities who cook. To begin, prepare three suction cups. If top section (grip) of a suction cup is round, use an Exacto knife to make the sides flat so that a lateral hole can be drilled through the suction cup's gri

Diy Assistive Shopping Bag Carrier

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself (DIY) assistive device for people with grasping or other upper extremity disabilities and older adults to use for carrying groceries into the home. Step 1: From the center of a plastic clothes hanger (where the hook is) measure 3 inches to each side and using a dremel or another cutting tool to cut the hanger on both sides. Step 2: Take a piece of Sugru (or another type of silicone rubber putty) about the size of one and a ha

DIY Audio Button for Android Smartphone

Audio Button for Android Smartphone is designed for use by individuals with limited mobility to provide access to Android phones.

Diy Balance Board

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself, low-cost balance physical therapy board for children with balance disabilities. First, using Popsicle sticks evenly spread the glue all over each side of the cardboard pieces. Adhere the three pieces of cardboard together using clothes pins or a clamp. Cut a pool noodle to about 10 inches length wise and glue it to the underside of the cardboard square. After the glue has dried, the balance board is ready for the child to u

DIY Ball Targeting System with Positive Feedback

The Ball Targeting System with Positive Feedback was created specifically for an adapted physical education teacher. The target needed to be able to provide sufficient audio and visual feedback to stimulate the senses of his students of all ages while also being large enough to allow multiple functions for Mr. Martinez to use the target with the students. The target also needed a way to hang upright on a pull up bar, bleachers, or basketball hoop.

DIY Bath Bench

DIY Bath Seat is designed for use by individuals with mobility, balance, and cognitive disabilities and have difficulty standing in a tub or shower. 

DIY Bath Chair

DIY Bath Chair is designed for use by children with limited mobility and postural control during bathing activities. This chair supports the child in a sitting or reclining position.

Diy Blind Rubix Cube

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself (DIY) tactile Rubik's cube for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Step 1: Remove all color stickers on a Rubik's cube except for the orange side. Tweezers may be used for for this step. Step 2: Prepare all the tactile items by cutting the items into 0.625-inch squares. Step 3: Using the hot glue gun, glue like items to each of the five available sides (i.e. glue all the green felt squares to one side of the cube) s

DIY BrainTap

BrainTap, the interactive arthritis and memory exercise game is designed for use by individuals with cognitive and autoimmune disorders.  It is a level based memory and fine motor skills exercise game. The form is based on Arduino microcontrollers and hardwired with a randomized sequence of lights to test memory skills. It works by presenting a randomized sequence (with visual and aural notes) which must be mimicked on the glove in the same order (each finger has a different color on it, that co

DIY Button Actuation for Wheelchair User

Button Actuation for Wheelchair User is designed for use by individuals who use a wheelchair for mobility. The purpose of this project is to support individuals who have limited mobility in one or both arms. The author specifically targeted the problem of pushing crosswalk buttons on the front or right side by a person without mobility in the right arm who uses a powered wheelchair and requires significant maneuvering to actuate buttons. The ultimate aim of this project is to increase our clien

DIY Cane for Disabled with Attach Flashlight

Cane for disabled with attach flashlight is designed for use by a person with low vision and walking disabilities associated with arthritis, fractures or stroke.  The flashlight is attached to the cane and can be removed for increased visibility.  

DIY Cheap prosthetic hand for playing basketball

Cheap prosthetic hand for playing basketball is designed for use by individuals that seeking for an activity specific prosthesis for their hook hand prosthesis to engage in recreational activities.  

Diy Child Sensory Board

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself sensory board for a child with severe disabilities. This simple DIY project is designed to fit into a child’s lap or on a wheelchair tray so that at any time the child is touching a different texture. A piece of foam board was used as the base and can be cut to whatever size desired. Different textured items were then glued onto to the foam board. Any textured items or sensory toys can be attached. For this project they chos

Diy Computer Desk

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself accessible computer desk for an individual with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This do-it-yourself computer desk is adapted from Sauder assemble-it-yourself furniture. First, the bookshelf was assembled according to instructions and necessary for getting the proper measurements for the height needed for the desktop. The desktop was constructed from 30 by 30 inch sheet of ¾ inch plywood. The length of the desktop can be

Diy Device To Assist With Getting Dressed

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself assistive device for individuals with arthritis, recovering from surgery, and/or limited flexibility to dress themselves. Step 1: Use duct tape to fasten the wood block to the pole. Attach the wood block about 2 inches from the end of the pole and secure the block with tape at the top and bottom. Ensure the block is sturdy and unlikely to move. Duct tape makes this project quick and easy to complete without drilling any hole

DIY Dog Leash System

This DIY leash system allows trained dogs to put on and take off their leash without human help.

Diy Drill Guard

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself drill guide for an individual with low-vision. The DIY drill guide is created using an empty spool of thread or a sewing machine bobbin. First mark the spot to be drilled by making a "start hole" with an awl, nail, or ice pick. Next place the drill bit through the spool or bobbin and align the point of the bit with the start hole. With the drill in the "off" position, place the flat end of the spool or bobbin firmly against

DIY Finger Lights for Night Time Communication for the Deaf

Finger Lights for Night Time Communication for the deaf is designed for use by individuals to allow each finger to be seen in the dark so as to allow the user the ability to communicate with someone else while in a dim or dark environment. Materials: soft sewing thimbles 330 ohm resistor 10 red led leader wire 9 volt battery connector 9 volt battery pushbutton glue gun black electrical tape

DIY Floor Cleaning Robot

Floor Cleaning Robot is designed to assist with mopping the floor for individuals with limited mobility associated with arthritis, back injuries, upper extremity disabilities and multiple sclerosis. The Robot is designed to go in a straight line to clean your floor. This model does not have a turning system and you will need to know how to wire a motor with a switch to complete this project.

DIY Garage Door Opener

Garage Door Opener is designed for use by individuals with cognitive disabilities.  It can also be used by individuals with back pain, limited upper extremity strength and endurance associated with nerve injuries, arthritis, or stroke. 

DIY Giant Hospital Nurse Call Button (3D Printed)

Giant hospital nurse call button 3D printed is designed for use by individuals with limited upper extremity strength and coordination who need to press a call button for assistance while positioned in a hospital bed. 

DIY Glue Tracing Pre-Writing

This DIY Glue Tracing Pre-Writing is designed for young children with different learning disabilities to help them better understand the shapes of letters. This activity works on pre-handwriting skills, hand eye coordination, and fine motor skills. 

DIY Go Baby Go - Joystick controlled powered device

Go Baby Go - Joystick controlled powered device is designed for use by children with limited physical mobility as a result of spinal bifida, cerebral palsy, or stroke. It allows children to experience independent movement through a modified toy off the shelf.  

DIY Haptic Proximity Module (HPM) for Low Vision users

The Haptic Proximity Module (HPM) is designed to enable people with low vision, or other vision impairments, to engage with their direct surroundings through vibration feedback from a range detector. 

DIY Heart Sponge Painting (without the Mess)

Heart Sponge Painting (without the Mess) is a Do-It-Yourself activity designed for individuals who may have sensory processing disorders and dislike touching paint or those working on strengthening their fine motor skills.

DIY Homemade Switch Activated Pouring Measuring Cup Instruction Sheet

Homemade Switch Activated Pouring Measuring Cup is designed for to help individuals with limited upper extremity strength and coordination as a result of a stroke, multiple sclerosis or arthritis that impacts their ability to pour ingredients during a cooking activity. 

DIY Hush Bottles: The Calm Down Solution

Hush Bottles: The Calm Down Solution

Diy Incredible Elevator Stick

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself utility reaching stick for pressing buttons for individuals with upper extremity disabilities. When navigating in small spaces such as an elevator, pressing buttons can be problematic. First, determine the length of the stick needed. The stick should be long enough to reach the highest elevator button for the elevator(s) most likely to be used, but not so long that it is difficult to carry. To determine how long the stick sho

Diy Istand

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself (DIY) iPad stand for individuals with disabilities. Begin by cutting two wood strips 5 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches. In the center of each, rough in a "Home" button access groove using a band saw or jigsaw then finish with a dremel and sandpaper. While leaving the protective paper on the acrylic, cut the acrylic to size and sand its edges, and then on only one end, drill and countersink two holes. For the original iPad, cut a slot on t

DIY Kindle Page Turner - 3D printed

The Kindle Page Turner-3D printed is designed for use by individuals with limited fine motor strength and coordination as a result of arthritis, tremors, nerve injury or stroke.  It is designed to allow the user to use the levers to navigate the pages of a Kindle. 

Diy Kinetic Photovoltaic Vehicle (Kpv)

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself easily transportable solar-electric two-wheeled scooter for use by individuals with mobility disabilities. Working as an engineer on a Canadian schooner, Terry Hope, found himself in need a solution to bring aboard an electric scooter that could fit in a suitcase. A stock steel scooter frame is augmented with a variety of hand-made and off-the-shelf parts. The end result is home-built solar-electric Kinetic Photovoltaic Veh

DIY Lap Desk Stabilizing Pad

Lap Desk Stabilizing Pad is a stabilizing component that has been added to a commercially available lap tray to provide a stable work surface and encourage upright posture. For individuals with limited posture, motor control as a result of a neurological incident.   It can be difficult for individuals to sit on a couch or in a recliner and read a book or magazine or write. With the lap desk stabilizing pad, the user sits on a piece of material with 4 buckles attached. The lap desk is buckled to

DIY Loudspeaker for all Mobile phones + a Complimentary Tumbler/Vessel

Loudspeaker for all Mobile phones + a Complimentary Tumbler/Vessel is designed for individuals who have difficulty hearing the phone volume on a cell phone.  

DIY Mailbox Opener

Mailbox opener is designed for individuals with limited upper extremity strength and coordination as a result of a stroke, paralysis or amputation.  This tools helps to keep the mailbox open so that letters and magazines can be placed inside.  

DIY Microwave Markers with Sugru

This DIY project is for individuals who are blind and have difficulty differentiating the numbers on a microwave’s flat number pad. Use Sugru - moldable glue that turns into rubber - to create tactile markers on the pad. Mark the 1, 3, and 5 buttons with a braille number or with a Roman numeral (depending on the user’s preference) and let Sugru cure. With these tactile markers in place, the user will know where he or she is on the number pad and whether to move down or across to find the other n

Diy Mounting Board For Walker

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself mounting board for walker with a seat. A piece of band iron is attached to the support bard of the walker. Then attach the board to the support bar on the walker using the bolts, nuts, and washers. The size of pipe holders, bolts, nuts, and washers depends on the cutting board being used. Finally, industrial strength Velcro is used to attach the Vantage to the board. MATERIALS: Hard plastic cutting board with rubber trim, 2

Diy Mouse From Wii Remote

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself mouse for individuals with hand disabilities. First the Wii remote needs to be disassembled in order to reach the button actuators in which to solder the ADSL cable. Step 1: To disassemble the remote: (1) Dismount the battery cap you will see two screws, (2) with the screw driver (a special one bought on eBay for one dollar was used) unscrew the screws, (3) this will allow the remote to be taken apart, (4) the golden circl

DIY My E Mac Button

My E Mac Button is an augmentative alternative communication device (AAC) device for individuals who are not able to use their natural voice for basic wants and needs.  This device is created by a parent of a child with special needs.

DIY Nurse Call through Voice Recognition

DIY: Nurse Call Through Voice Recognition is designed for use by individuals with limited upper and lower extremity mobility as a result of multiple sclerosis, stroke or a spinal cord injury.

DIY Pick & Place Jigsaw Puzzle Aid

This product was designed for individuals with limited fine motor and dexterity to pick up and manipulate small puzzle pieces. An aquarium pump was reversed so it sucks air instead of blowing air. A tool with a small suction cup was attached to it and a switch was placed between the pump and the plug to temporary interrupt the current towards the pump so the puzzle piece could be released.

DIY Pill Bottle Tip Switch

DIY Pill Bottle Tip Switch is designed for use by individuals with limited fine motor and grasping skills as a result of cerebral palsy or arthritis. 

Diy Plastic Soda Bottle Prosthesis

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself below-the-elbow prosthetic device suitable for light-duty activities for individuals with arm amputation in low-income countries. This technique is intended for use by trained prosthetists, it is intended to be performed only using a plaster cast of the residual limb. Step 1: Remove the bottom of the bottle and place over the plaster model. Then apply heat to the lower portion to form the trimline. Step 2: Heat the bottle un

Diy Portable Wheelchair Ramps

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself (DIY) portable wheelchair ramp for individuals with lower extremity or mobility disabilities or spinal cord injury and others who use a wheelchair to enter or exit to houses, shops or other locations. An individual had used store-bought ramps made of aluminum and found they did not work well and were expensive. Step 1: Calculating the ramp length - The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) recommend

DIY Pouring Aid

DIY Pouring Aid is for use by individuals with limited strength and coordination in their arms and hands as a result of tremors, multiple sclerosis, stroke or arthritis. It is designed to help individuals pour hot water by tilting. This pouring aid is ideal to accommodate a kettle measuring 17 centimeters.

DIY Recorder Assistance Tool

The Recorder Assistance Tool is designed for individuals who are unable to use a finger as a result of an amputation who desire to play a recorder. 

DIY Scooter Board

An adapted scooter board is designed for children with limited mobility as result of a congenital amputation, cerebral palsy, or neurological impairments.  This scooter board is an upholstered board with casters that can be used to help children move.  If a child is unable to walk or crawl independently, he or she might be able to push against the ground and propel themselves forward.  This allows the child to explore their environment at their own pace and see the things they want to see, rathe

DIY Seashell Mirror

The DIY Seashell Mirror is an occupational therapy craft project designed for people with disabilities to use eye-hand coordination to create a beautiful mirror. The creation of this product can serve as a sensory integration exercise.

DIY Seat For a Walker

DIY Seat for a Walker is designed for use by individuals who have walking disabilities and use a walker for mobility. It is designed to provide a seat to rest during ambulation.

DIY Slicer for People with a Hand Disability

This DIY Slicer for People with Disabilities such as arthritis, nerve injuries, or multiple sclerosis. Users can modify this board to be used by individuals with a variety of hand usage.

Diy Snow Tires

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create do-it-yourself snow tires for manual or powered wheelchair for individuals with mobility disabilities. Acquire sturdy/plastic wire ties that are long enough to go around the thickness of the wheelchair’s tire and wheel (approximately 6.5 to 8 inches and 50 pound strength or more). Depending on the size of the wheelchair’s wheel and tire, tie approximately 25 to 30 ties evenly around each wheel and tire of a manual wheelchair. Power wheelchai

DIY Soap Pouch

DIY Soup Pouch can be use by individuals with limited grasping and dexterity in their hands associated with arthritis, stroke, fractures, or amputations.

DIY Soft-Seat-Straps

DIY Soft-Seat-Straps is designed for use by individuals who need additional support while sitting on a toilet.   This model was designed for a user with increased sensitive in the tailbone region. 

DIY Straw Holder

The Straw Holder, suitable for children on the autism spectrum, is designed to stabilize a straw while it is being used. Cut the shape from two sides of a detergent bottle using leather shears. Then punch a hole through the bottle using a heavy-duty hole puncher. Place the holder above the rim of the cup and insert a straw through the hole. The size and location of the hole can be adjusted as needed.

DIY Subway Hook

Subway Hook is designed for individuals who have limited shoulder movement or who may have a shorter stature and ride public transportation, such as subway or a railway and have difficulty reaching the horizontal bars for stability. 

DIY Super-Duper Voice Box

Super-Duper Voice Box is designed for use by individuals who are not able to use their physical voice to communicate and have limited upper and lower extremity mobility as a result of a degenerative disorder or traumatic brain injury.  

DIY Switch Air-Surfer

DIY Switch Air-Surfer is designed to assist individual with limited mobility and fine motor coordination due to cerebral palsy, stroke, and brain injuries participate in recreational play by using a switch to fly the model plane. Materials 1x "Air-Surfer". 2x 3.5 millimeter mono headphone socket. Thin wire (e.g 7strand 0.2 millimeter). Shrink-wrap. Soldering iron (15 to 30 Watt power). Thin solder. Soldering flux. Desoldering braid. Cordless drill with 1x 1/4 drill bit. Knife or wire strippers.

DIY TalkBox

TalkBox is a speech generating device designed for use by individuals who are not able to use their natural voice for communication. It is an open source designed and makeable by non-professionals. This project has several goals:

DIY Talking Clock

D.I.Y. Talking Clock is a switch activated clock designed for use by individuals who have low vision or are blind.  It may also be used for individuals with limited upper extremity mobility, strength and coordination.  Users can press the switch to hear the time.

Diy Talking Shampoo Or Conditioner Bottle

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself auditory alert for a shampoo or conditioner bottle for the elderly and/or individuals with visual impairments. The bottle plays an auditory message (e.g., "shampoo" or "conditioner") when the lid is opened. The message is intended to help someone differentiate or identify bath products when in the shower or bathing. Step 1: Record a message onto a recordable greeting card. Open and close the card to check that the message h

DIY Talking Shampoo/Conditioner Bottle for the Elderly/Visually-Impaired

Talking Shampoo/Conditioner Bottle for the Elderly/Visually-Impaired is an auditory alert to a shampoo/conditioner bottle. This is intended as an assistive device for the elderly, the visually-impaired, the mentally-impaired, or anyone who would like their shampoo/conditioner bottle to say something when the lid is opened. 

DIY The EyeWriter 2.0

The Eyewriter 2.0 is a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus and custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis as a result of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)  to draw using only their eyes.

DIY The EZegg, Breaking An Egg With One Hand

The EZegg is designed for use by individuals with limited upper extremity coordination, strength and movement as a result of stroke, upper limb amputation, or paralysis.  It allows individuals to use one hand to open an egg during a meal preparation or cooking activity.   

DIY Toetsenbordhulp / Assistive Keyboard Mount

Toetsenbordhulp is a project designed for use by individuals who have limited upper extremity movement and coordination as a result of cerebral palsy, neurological or spinal cord injury to assist with typing.

DIY Transfer Bath Bench

DIY Transfer Bath Bench is designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities to assist with moving from one surface to another. 

DIY Use the MaKey MaKey to make DIY assistive technology for computer access

The MaKey MaKey for computer access is designed for use by individuals with limited upper and lower extremity movement and coordination as a result of a spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy or stroke.

DIY Visualizing Sound With Fluids

Visualizing Sound With Fluids is designed for use by children and adults who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, autism or sensory processing disorders.  It allows users to visualize sounds combine with liquid.  

DIY Weighted Marker

DIY Weighted Marker is designed for individuals with tremors in their upper extremities or hands during writing tasks. It can be use by children and adults. Materials: marker, nuts, couple of nuts.

DIY Weigthed Glove

DIY Weighted Glove is designed to provide additional sensory input to the hand for children who need the extra input to be more aware of the position of their hand. Material: Hook and loop strap (i.e. Velcro), washers, a mitten/glove (the author purchased the gloves from Target).

Diy Wii-Mote Modification

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself rewired Wii remote to function using a switch witbigger buttons for individuals with disabilities. This DIY allows individuals with disabilities to use the Wiimote by not having to press the small buttons on the remote but rather use the buttons that have been rewired—A button, B button, the directional pad (up, down, left, right), and the home button. Step 1: Gather and set up soldering equipment. Step 2: Disassemble the W

DIY: An Accessible Overlay for a Flat Touch Screen Panel

An Accessible Overlay for a Flat Touch Screen Panel is designed for use by individuals who have low vision or are blind. The control panels on a LCD oven are sensitive to touch and make it difficult for a user to guide his/her finger across the panel without activating the very first button he/she touches. The control panel is completely flat without adequate room between buttons for braille labeling. In addition, there is no verbal feedback to alert the user of which button he/she has pressed.

Do-It-Yourself Glove-Based Tutor Indicates Muscle-Memory Potential

***Do It Your Self***Purpose: Users can improve their touch typing by using a vibrating glove as a training tool. Sew eight vibration motors into the fingers of cycling gloves. Then program the Arduino (an open-source electronics platform) to activate a given motor for a quarter of a second corresponding to each character sent to the microcontroller's serial port. For example, a "1" will make the motor pressing on the left pinkie vibrate, a "2" for the left ring finger, a "3" for the left middle

Do-It-Yourself Mat Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wall-mounted fold-down mat table to hold two large mats. Briefly describes a do-it-yourself plywood mat table for physical therapy departments which may not have the space or money to buy one. Suggests modifications to allow the table to double as a movie screen, cork board or work space for people in wheelchairs. COMMENTS: For further information contact the authors at Marquette University, Program in Physical Therapy, 2611 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwau

Dominoes.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Dominoes made for various uses: color matching, picture matching, number learning and dominoes with raised dots for visually impaired children. Instructions for making dominoes of wood strip, hardboard or plywood, matchboxes, and wood, split pea and string for the raised dot version. Suggests activities. Includes drawings and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: McConkey, R; Jeffree, D TITLE: Making Toys for Handicapped Children: A Guide f

Donning Shoe Stand

Donning shoes is a stand design that can be done at home to help people with physical and cognitive disabilities, Hemiplegia, hip problems, and other related disabilities. The stand helps to elevated the shoe so that the user can independently put it on, tie it, or tighten it. It is built like a store stool with a triangular center for precision and stability. To make, start with foam with a shallow channel in the center. Then insert and glue a loop of webbing to make the device easy to pick up

Door Closer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a means for individuals with arthritis or upper extremity, balance, or mobility disabilities to close doors. Included in a chapter entitled "Housekeeping & Getting Around," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for creating a door closer using basic materials. Screw eyes are screwed into the door and the doorframe and a heavy, smooth cord is tied to them. A heavy ring-shaped handle is tied to the end to the end of the cord

Door Handle Opener Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation of a standard round doorknob includes a lever to make it easier to use by a person with hand weakness. Illustrates doorknob adaptation made with 2 round junction box covers, 2 1/2 inch bolts and nuts (4), and a strip of aluminum. One of the junction box covers has a slot cut to allow it to be slipped over the narrow part of the doorknob near the door; the other has a circle cut out of the center so it won't slip off the face of the knob. The

Door Handle Pull

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited grasp to opene a door. Form a loop large enough to fit over the door handle at one end of a length of parachute cord (available in hardware stores) Secure the loop around the handle and knot the remaining cord into a large loop to act as a pulling aid. MATERIALS: Parachute cord. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Quest Extra: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/quest/extra/qe14-5_diy.html REF: V

Door Hanger

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable individuals to create simulated braille on ornaments or door hangers. Fabric paint applied to a precut craft foam or wooden door hanger creates a tactile image. Using a Simulated Braille Technique (see entry), a braille message can be added to the hanger. Required supplies include fabric paint in a variety of colors, wood or foam door hanger, foam shapes or other tactile pieces (numbers, letters, shapes, or designs), and a glue gun. Write a name or message on t

Door Loop.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Loop on door handle to use forearm to open or close a door. A large loop of webbing or other strap is placed on a door handle to allow a poerson to use their forearm to open or close a door rather than using their hand. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Lorig, K; Fries, J. TITLE: The Arthitis Helpbook: what You can Do For Arthritis. REF: Book: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co, Reading, MA: p 69. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R2178. 1979.

Door Securement Hooks

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To prevent children and adults with cognitive disabilities and poor impulse control from repeatedly slamming doors. This project was designed to prevent a child with Down Syndrome from slamming French doors, reducing noise and breakage. The solution was use 75 millimeter cabin hooks to hold the doors firmly against the existing white plastic door stops. The hooks were screwed to the skirting board behind the doorstops in a position too difficult for the child to rea

Door Stopper.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to prevent door from closing completely. Inexpensive stopper to prevent door from closing and latching. A snap closing plastic shower curtain ring is wrapped around the edge of the door above the knob. The knob prevents the ring from slipping down the edge of the door. AUTHOR:Idea was in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. REF:Article. 1990.

Double Cheek Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Double cheek switch can activate two toys or other devices at the same time teaching the child to discriminate or make choices between two activities. Touch switch rests on child's chest and is tied in place. One loop of a wire coat hanger is placed on either side of the child's head. By moving the head from side to side, the child can activate one switch or the other with the cheek. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J

Double Directional Head Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Head operated switch which turns on if head is held upright and off if the head tilts too far forward or back, to encourage a child to keep her/his head in an upright position. Materials include 2 glass mercury switches, 4 feet of 2 conductor, 22 gauge stranded wire, a subminiature size plug, a strip of cardboard, soldering iron, and hot melt glue with applicator gun. Describes and diagrams construction of the switch. The switch may be attatched to the

Double Handled Cooking Pot

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Second handle is added to a cooking pan so it can be picked up using both hands. Illustrates a second handle for a pan made with a 5 inch aluminum tube riveted to two 4 inch hose clamps. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 12 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1182 PAGES ( including cover): 2 1980.

Double Switch Box.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to permit two switches to be hooked up to a single toy or tape player so that a child has to do two things at once to turn it on. Instructions for building a double switch box using a small plastic jewel or watch box, 2 subminiature size jacks, one subminiature size plug, 4 feet of two conductor, 22 gauge stranded wire and 3 inches of single conductor, 22 gauge wire. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. Electronics. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L

Double Weight Bearing Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Weight bearing switch consisting of side by side platforms which must by pressed together to activate a toy or tape player, encouraging a child to bear weight evenly on both sides. Describes construction of the switch, which needs 4 pieces of masonite or hardboard 7 by 10 by 1/8 inch, 2 large disposable aluminum cookie sheets, 1 subminiature size plug, 5 feet of conductor, 22 gauge stranded wire, double sided tape, masking tape, foam mounting tape or f

Dowel Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Large pick for persons who has palmar prehension but not fine grasp. Wooden dowel 6 to 8 inches long with a slit at one end to hold standard pick. A bicycle handgrip can be put on other end of dowel to help grasping. Pick is grasped in palm and held by fingers without thumb, or can be held like pencil. can also be inserted into a palmar utensil holder. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted

Dowel Pin Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Dowels with hooks on one end to pull up clothing which has had loops sewn on the sides, for someone with arthritis or difficulty in bending down. Two pieces of dowel about 2 feet long and the best diameter for ease of grasping, with cup hooks screwed into one end, to be used to pull up clothing, such as pants and skirts, which have had fabric loops sewn into them. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Sargent, J V TITLE: An Easier Way: H

Drawer And Cabinet Pulls

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities or tremors, arthritis, or grasping or fine motor disabilities to open cabinets and other doors. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article describes how cabinet door knobs and drawer pulls can be replaced with D-shaped handles to facilitate grasping. A D-handle can also be attached to the door of a front-loading dishwasher for easier opening. Attaching a loop of rope or webbing to a D

Drawer Pulls

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited grasp to open drawers with knob pulls. The knobs can be removed and a length of parachute cord (available in hardware stores) threaded through the holes and knotted inside the drawer. In lieu of removing the knobs, cut a length of cord several inches longer than the distance between the two knobs, then form and knot a loop at each end large enough to slip over the knobs. MATERIALS: Parachute cord. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Que

Drawing Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small stand or easel that sits on a table to hold paper for a child to draw or paint. Plywood board 10 by 10 inches which slides into a base made of 8 by 10 inch plywood with two battens (1 by 1 by 10 inches) fastened on leaving a gap between them of about 5/16 of an inch; the distance between the boards determines the tilt of the easel. This can be painted flat black and used as a blackboard, or paper can be tacked to it. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking.

Dress With Detachable Front Panel.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Child's dress with detachable front panel which can be changed without removing the dress, and which enables the dress to be more easily put on or removed. Instructions for constructing a front panel for a child's collarless dress which attaches with buttons, snaps or velcro fasteners. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta P

Dress With Detachable Sleeve.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Child's dress with detachable sleeves which can be changed when soiled without changing the dress. Instructions for adapting a dress so that the sleeves can be attached with buttons or with velcro fasteners. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 151-153 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover): 4 1978.

Dresser Drawer Handle

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To make dresser drawers easier to open for senior and individuals with arthritis, use of only one hand or fine motor or grasping disabilities. The existing knobs can be removed and replaced with a small towel bar, creating a single handle that extends across the drawer and enables the user to open the drawer with one hand. MATERIALS: Small towel bars. TOOLS: Screw driver and drill. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry skills. AUTHOR: Greenstein, D. TITLE: Dressers and Knobs.

Dresser Drawer Knobs

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To make dresser drawers easier to open for senior and individuals with arthritis or fine motor or grasping disabilities. Drawers with small round knobs can be difficult to open. For easier grasping, the knobs can be removed and replaced with larger knobs intended for use on cabinet doors. Cabinet knobs are available in a range of styles and sizes, so can be selected to make grasping easier for the intended user. For example, a larger square knob may be more accessible th

Dresser Drawer Pull

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To make dresser drawers easier to open for senior and individuals with arthritis, use of only one hand or fine motor or grasping disabilities. The existing knobs can be removed and replaced with eye bolts with a piece of soft rope or cord tied between them, creating a single handle that extends across the drawer and enables the user to open the drawer with one hand. A modification of this option would be to leave the existing knobs in place and tie the rope between the k

Dressing Band.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Dressing strap to hold the knee in at least 90 degrees of flexion so both hands are free to position and pull on clothing. Strap made of 2 inch elasticized webbing, measured to fit each patient, sewn into a loop then sewn to make a small loop for the foot. The other end loops around the thigh. COMMENTS: Intended to be used with a dressing stick. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Easton, L W; Horan, A L TITLE: Dressing Band JOURNAL: American Journal of O

Dressing Stick

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities, arthritis, or mobility disabilities to dress independently. The dressing stick can be used to pull up trousers, pull a shirt or sweater up onto a shoulder, an pull socks up. This illustrated article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," provides detailed instructions and illustrations for making a dressing stick from materials readily available at hardware stores: a dowel and a plasti

Dressing Stick

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities, arthritis, or mobility disabilities to dress independently. To make this device, pre-drill starter holes in each end of dowel. Insert dowel into pipe insulation, if desired. Put a dab of glue in one hole of in the dowel. Twist the cup holder into hole, being careful not to split dowel. Put a dab of glue in open hole at other end of dowel. Twist the hat/coat hook into hole, being careful not to split dow

Dressing Table

DO IT YOURSELF -- PURPOSE: To make daily grooming tasks more accessible to individuals who use wheelchairs or who are unable to stand for long periods. This article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," provides suggestion for creating an accessible vanity and personal grooming area. Suggestions include using a small, sturdy table with a comfortable seated height and sufficient knee clearance for a dressing table. If needed, select a chair that meets the user's specifi

Drill Press Accessible To A Wheelchair Bound Worker.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Drill press that can be used by someone in a wheelchair. Describes a drill press adapted by lowering and tilting it toward the rear to make it accessible to and more easily usable by a person in a wheelchair. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact: Leonard L Anderson, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Rehabilitation Engineering Center, 2021 North Old Manor, Wichita, Kansas 67208. REC funded by NIHR grant G008005053.

Drill Press Fixture.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extended table and clamps to hold pieces of various sizes, to enable a person with unsteady hands to operate a drill press. Drill press table extender made of 3/4 inch plywood, hold down rails and 5 inch C clamps. Includes drawing and diagram with measurements. COMMENTS: For further information contact Dr Ken Bruwelheide, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking.

Drill Press Handle Modification.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Use of a large spherical knob on one of the three arms of a drill press handle to enable a person with limited hand dexterity to operate the drill press. Describes use of a 3 inch aluminum sphere threaded to match the threads on a drill press handle arm as a substitute for one of the smaller knobs originally on the handle. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Barker, D; McGuinness, J; Breault, J P TITLE: Problem Solving With Rehabil

Drill Press Jig.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Work holding jig to uniformly position location of object to be drilled by a blind operator. Work holder is placed in drill press vice, positioned so drill bit will center and drill desired location. Includes drawing of assembly. May be available from developer for $25, template cut to customer design. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employ

Drill Press Sanding Jig.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to a drill press sanding jig to enable its use by a person with one arm or limited use of one arm. Describes adaptation involving a large plywood working table that enables a sanding drum to extend below the table. It also includes a spring balanced foot feed. Lists materials and includes drawings. COMMENTS: For information contact: Dr Ken Bruwelheide, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Mo

Drilling Jig For Improved Accuracy.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Jig for positioning items when using a drill press. The jig assists in positioning parts for accurate drilling. It is made with a simple angle iron support to keep it level and a fixed stop to assure the hole will be drilled in the same at the same angle each time. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Charles Eckles, Independent Consultant, CA Dept. of Rehab. TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education

Drinking Straw Trainer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with severe disabilities in transitioning from bottle feeding to straw drinking. The tip was cut off a pacifier and the pacifier was attached to a cup with a built-in straw. The remainder of the pacifier was kept intact to provide the needed tactile stimulation to aid the child in remembering to suck. MATERIALS: Pacifier and cup with straw. TOOLS: Scissors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Cutting. AUTHOR: Chambers, M. TITLE: Assistive Technology Ideas that W

Dryer Door Pull

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited grasp to open a dryer door with recesed handle. Drill a small hole at the top and bottom of the handle. Thread a length of parachute cord (available in hardware stores) through the holes and knot it in a loop. MATERIALS: Parachute cord. TOOLS: Drill. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Quest Extra: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/quest/extra/qe14-5_diy.html

Duct Tape Crutch Pockets

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To adapt crutches with pockets for storage of everyday items such as a book, eye glasses, Kleenex, etc. for persons with mobility disabilities. The pockets are made of videotape boxes cut in half and spliced together; although, duct tape alone or other thin-type boxes can be substituted for shape and structure. To make pockets for the crutches, tape across a nice-sized box, straight around the crutch frame. Taping on a diagonal keeps the pockets stable. Posi

Dynamic Protractible Mouthstick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lightweight protractible mouthstick operated by the tongue, intended for use by persons with no active neck motion. Describes fabrication of a mouthstick that would allow a person with high level quadriplegia to operate pushbutton devices. Materials include angle aluminum, rigid plastic tubing, a hose clamp, aluminum bushing, Plastisol and a rubber band. The mouthpiece is measured to fit the individual patient. Includes diagrams, a photograph and refer

e-NABLE Hand Spidey Sensors

e-NABLE Hand Spidey Sensors are designed for children with congenital limb amputations. It is designed to allow children to reach, grab, and interact within their environment.  

Easy Cardholder

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist children and adults with fine motor and grasping difficulties participate in a card game by using a phone book to hold the card.

Easy Driving With Double Duty Reacher.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Reacher for use in a car, developed by a person with arthritis. Reacher made with a 1/2 inch dowel cut to desired length. A rubber chair tip is attached to one end. A 5 inch piece of 3/4 by 1/4 inch finishing board is screwed onto the other end to make a T shape. Can be used to manipulate levers and buttons on the dashboard. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. TITLE: Easy Driving With Double Duty Reacher JOURNAL: Accent on Living REF: Vol 26 no 2, Fall 1981: p

Easy Exit.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: An extra handle is placed toward the hinge side of a door to facilitate closing it when an individual is in a wheelchair. A closed loop type of handle is installed in the hinge side of a door. Door closing can be initiated without going back into the doorway. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Walter Zell TITLE: Household Items for Easier Living. REF: Journal article: Accent on Living, Summer 1980: p 62. 1980.

Easy Open Pill Bottle

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids in the inability to open a standard, twist-cap prescription pill bottle. Sugru molding rubber adheres to the bottle's cap making for an ergonomic pill opener. COMMENTS: For those with motor issues, such as arthritis, this modified pill bottle can help one open pill bottle more easily.

Eatery: Feeding Aid For Quadriplegics.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding device manipulated with head motion and operated without electrical or mechanical power to allow self feeding by a person with limited hand function. Self feeding device made for a quadriplegic consisting of a sectioned tray with spoon shaped projections, attached to a table assembly which can be fitted to a wheelchair. The person pushes food into the spoon projections with a headstick and eats as if from a regular spoon. Requires some control

Elastic Cuff Link.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Elastic cuff links enable person to slip hand through cuffs without unbuttoning them. This allows those with limited hand function to dress independently. An extra button is sewn on the opposite side of shirt cuff. This and the original button are then attached together using a rubber band. Cuff can stretch when hand is pushed through shirt sleeve. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medici

Electric Wheelchair Power Socket

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with communication disabilities who uses a powered wheelchair to power a laptop computer with augmentative communication software using the wheelchair battery. Speech software was needed during school hours; however, the computer battery did not have sufficient capacity to meet the demand. To be heard in class, powered speakers were also needed, which further diminished operating time. A portable solution was necessary to enable the speec

Electrical Switches

DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Switches for use by individuals with mobility or neurological disabilities. Mel Nowland, a retired engineer, has designed many types of electrical switches for people with limited mobility, using easily found materials such as soap dishes and Tupperware, including eye-blink, two-handed, voice-operated, and pillow switches. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/Quest/q113diy.html. REF: Vol. 11, N

Electronic Busy Box.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Electronic busy box is made of three flipper switches in one box in which each flipper operates a different devicE. Constructed of a sturdy box, 3 nylon or plastic spatulas, lever switches, 3 small blocks or boxes, 3 springs from inside hair rollers, cardboard, 6 volt lightbulb and socket, plastic pill bottle with snap lid, 6 volt motor, pinwheel, buzzer or doorbell, wood glue, and rosin core solder. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. Assembly. AUTHOR: Burkha

Elevation Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable-angle frame to elevate the hand and arm from a sitting or lying position, intended to prevent edema in the hand. Lists materials and provides photographs and a diagram illustrating construction of the elevation board, which is made of wood with foam and vinyl padding. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Ahuja, M TITLE: Elevation Board JOURNAL: American Journal of Occupational Therapy REF: Vol 36 no 8, Aug 1982: p 534-536 PAGES (including c

Elevator

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with mobility or neurological disabilities to enter a back porch without climbing the porch stairs. Two metal sliding uprights were bolted to the concrete floor of the porch and anchored to the underside of the roof overhang. The actual elevator was built of square tubing with a platform to stand on. A screen was placed on the elevator floor to provide a nonslip surface. A switch was wired in and a safety gate was attached. The elevator i

Enlarged Fishing Rod Handle.

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY PURPOSE: Improves grip on fishing pole. Drawing of a handle enlargement which suggests using any suitable cyclical material which can be built up to a diameter of correct size; suggests installing optional finger and thumb stalls for extra support. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: British Sports Assoc for the Disabled. TITLE: Water Sports for the Disabled. REF: Book: EP Publishing, US Distributor, Sterling Publishers, 2 Park Ave, NY, NY: p 34. 1983.

Enlarged Handle For Vegetable Peeler.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Larger handle is added to a potato peeler for use by those with limited hand function. The handle of a standard vegetable peeler is inserted into a piece of aluminum tubing and fastened with rivets. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 10 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1182 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980.

Enlarged Symbols On Calculator

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable an individual with low vision to read the key legends on a talking calculator. The user, who has macular degeneration, desired to read the legends on calculator keys in addition to having the audible feedback from the calculator. The existing numbers were painted over in black and new larger numbers were painted on in white. The new numbers were then covered in clear varnish to inhibit wearing off. TITLE: Calculator Keys. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 23 no 2,

Enlarging Handle for Persons with Spasticity

The Enlarging Handle is a cup holder specifically designed for people with spasticity or grasping difficulties. Cut the handle off of a detergent bottle. Then take a cup-like plastic container, such as a bottle used for contact lens solution, and cut a notch into it. Push the detergent bottle handle into the notch of the cup-like container and secure it with duct tape. Then place a drinking cup inside the larger container. The user will be able to hold the Enlarging Handle and sip out of the dri

Envelope Stuffer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities to insert folded paper in envelopes The device has a square plywood base that clamps to the work surface. Mounted to the base is a slightly raised metal tray with an angled edge that slides into an open envelope facing away from the user. The usere slides the envelope over the bevelled edge of the base and onto the metal tray and then slides the folded letter across the tray into the envelope. The journal articl

Environmental Language Binder

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ---PURPOSE: To collect printed environmental language (advertisements, signs, etc.) and present it to children with low vision within their visual range to provide opportunities for learning of everyday printed language. Cereal boxes, milk cartons, can labels, bags, logos, and so forth are flattened, trimmed, placed within plastic page protectors, and stored in a three ring binder. The binder is used as a teaching tool for word matching, letters, etc. AUTHOR: McFadden, E.

Examination Table For Physically Disabled Patients.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Patient examination table that lowers to allow independent transfer from a wheelchair. Describes an elevating examination table made of the top of an examination table and a used, electrically powered hydraulically lifting dental chair. The control botton is on the side of the table. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Electrical. Welding. AUTHOR: Staas, W E; Muldowney, J T TITLE: Examination Table for Physically Disabled Patients JOURNAL: Archives of Physi

Expanded Keyboard For Calculator.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Expanded keyboard allows person without fine motor control to operate calculator. Using the available circuitry of a commercial calculator, an enlarged keyboard is made, 16 by 18 inches. The keys are one inch in diameter, widely spaced and recessed. Slight pressure on the key activates switch. Display readout was enlarged to 1/2 inch symbols and located a the top of the keyboard. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics, woodworking. AUTHOR: Caro

Extended Clutch Pedal Surface With Rolled Edges.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To prevent foot slippage from clutch pedal surface due to impaired control of left leg. A piece of perforated flat iron is fastened to the original pedal using a standard hose clamp. The left and right side are rolled upwards to help prevent foot from sliding off pedal. The editor recommends bolting the flat iron to the pedal for greater reliability. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR:Field, W.E. TITLE:Agricultural Tools, Machinery & Buildings f

Extended Comb.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Comb with extended handle for persons with limited reach. Illustrates extending the handle of a comb using 1/4 inch copper tubing flattened at one end and attached to the comb with pop rivets; the other end is glued into a hole drilled in a piece of dowel or broom handle. The rod can be bent to suit the user. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Assembly. Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: Middletown,

Extended Hairbrush.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hairbrush on long handle for persons with limited reach. Illustrates extending the handle of a hairbrush using a length of 1/4 inch copper tubing flattened at one end and fastened to the brush with pop rivets; the other end is glued into a handle made of a wood dowel of the size easiest to grip. The tubing is bent to suit the user. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: Mi

Extended Handle Clippers.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Nail clippers with extended handles for added leverage. Illustrates nail clippers with 3/4 by 4 inch metal strips spot welded to the handles. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 36 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1181 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980.

Extended Handle Toothbrush.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Two methods for extending the handle of a toothbrush for those with limited finger dexterity. Describes two toothbrush adaptations: 1) A toothbrush is slipped 3/4 of an inch into the desired length of metal tubing which is struck with a hammer to flatten it against the brush handle; the tubing can be bent and wrapped with rubber tape if desired. 2) To add a wider grip, the end of the tubing is glued into a hole drilled into a wooden dowel of the prefer

Extended Razor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extended handle for a safety razor for a person with limited reach. Handle of a double edged safety razor glued into a length of aluminum tubing bent to suit the user. Rubber tape can be used to increase grip. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1183 PAGES (including cover): 2 1976.

Extended Thimble Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick provides support to finger and is recommended for persons who are tactilely defensive, for those with contracted fingers or for anyone with limited pincer grasp. Pick is attached to the end of a rubber finger sleeve. Holes are put in the rubber sleeve for ventilation. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St louis; Mag

Extension Handles For Control Knobs.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Designed for persons with limited mobility and reach, adaptors and extension handles can be used to control electrical equipment and key switches. Long extension handles can be made from sections of steel tubing with two notches cut out on one end and a crosspiece welded to the other to form a 't" handle. Short pieces of rubber heater hose are clamped onto the control knobs of electrical equipment, such as a car radio or air conditioner. To operate the

Extensions For Cabinet Knobs.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pull handle for a drawer or cabinet door for someone who has difficulty using small knobs. Pull handle made of a large electrical ring tongue, plastic coated cable and a piece of soft rubber hose. This is held in place by the knob itself. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1183 PAGES (including cover): 2 1977.

Eye Gaze Frame

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create an eye gaze frame for a child with intellectual, severe physical disabilities, and/or communication disabilities. An eye gaze frame can be made with simple materials obtained at a hardware store. Using three lengths of PVC plumbing pipe in whatever size and length desired hot glue two round pipe connectors (of the appropriate size) to a 3 x 5 inch wood base. Fit the three pieces of pipe together with elbow connectors and then fit the entire structure

Eye Mouse

The DIY Eye Mouse is a mouse that can be controlled by eye movements, allowing people with total paralysis the ability to use the computer. This DIY mouse is relatively easy to build and with cheap and easy-to-find components. The Eye Mouse operates using free software which divides the monitor surface into squares, asking what the user wants “to do”, the user focuses on an area for right and left clicking with yes and no answers. If the eye looks at the camera, that is translated as a “yes”.

Eye Patch Alternative

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with double vision to block one eye. As an alternative to an eye patch, cover the corresponding lens of eyeglasses with paper tape or electrical tape. More comfortable than a traditional eye patch, it also allows the individual to retain peripheral vision in the covered eye. MATERIALS: Electrical or paper tape. TOOLS: Scissors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Cutting to size and aligning the tape with the lens shape. TITLE: Eye Patch Alternative. WEB SITE:

Ez Door Closer

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable wheelchair users to close the door behind them. To make this door-closing aid, drill holes to install the eye hooks in three separate locations: at the top corner of the door,.at the inside top corner of door frame, and at the center of door frame. Tie one end of the rope to the hook on the door. Thread the rope through the hook on the top door frame. Thread the rope through the eye hook on the center of the frame. Attach a bracelet or other handle

Ez Reach Suspenders.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted suspenders allow user to lower trousers without having them fall to the floor and out of reach. This is particularly useful for hemiplegic persons and amputees. Alligator radio clamps are attached to each end of a single length (about 60 inches) of nylon cord. The cord is placed under the shirt collar with the ends threaded through belt loops of trousers. One end of the cord is then doubled back and attached to the other end of the cord on eith

Ez Stand

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with paraplegia to stand. The unit is made from two 2 x 4 inch boards and one 0.75-inch piece of plywood. The 2 x 4 s are nailed or screwed to the plywood and the unit has an opening at the bottom for the user's feet to go under. The stand is just propped against a deck railing or secured to the railing with a latch or fastener. The bottom of the 2x4s were cut at a slight angle in order to tilt the stand toward the railing. A piece of rub

EZ Style stair step

EZ Style stair step is designed for use by individuals with limited strength and coordination in their lower extremities as a result of arthritis, stroke or nerve injuries.

Ez-Scoop 2010

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself prosthetic for individuals with upper limb amputation and/or disabilities to use to play lacrosse. Originally developed as part of the Engineering Design and Communication (EDC) class at Northwestern University, The EZ-Scoop 2010 is do-it-yourself prosthetic that enables individuals with upper limb amputation and/or disabilities to catch, throw, scoop, cradle, and check a ball while playing lacrosse. The device consists of t

Facecloth Wringer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---PURPOSE: To enable a person with limited or no hand strength to wring out a face or dish cloth. The article includes diagrams showing two versions of a mechanism to remove most of the water from a cloth without requiring finger or grip strength. In one version, a metal plate with a 90-degree bend is bolted to the edge of a kitchen or bathroom sink. A second plate with drain holes is connected to the lower edge of the first plate by a hinge. A handle is attached to the sec

Feeder Arm For A Quadriplegic.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Splint feeder arm designed to allow self-feeding for a person with C5/C6 quadriplegia. May also be used for holding utensils, such as pens and pencils. Describes design and fabrication of a splint feeder arm made of light- weight 3mm thick bioplastic material. Details the pattern molding, the splinting material, elbow piece, pivot point, straps, utensils and training. Lists materials needed. Includes diagrams and photographs. COMMENTS: The article stat

Feeder Board Attachment.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Attachment for a wheelchair laptray, used to stabilize dishes and glasses for a user who lacks coordination. The feeder board clamps on top of a regular laptray with medium size C clamps. The dishes, cups and glasses the person uses fit into cutout holes in the board. Topview and sideview diagrams included. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Fahland, B. TITLE: Wheelchair Selection: More Than Choosing a Chair With Wheels. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Insti

Feeding And Toileting Devices For A Child With Arthrogriposis.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding device to allow a person with no arm use to use a spoon or fork with head control. Simple device made with a small wood block 2 3/4 inches square and 1 1/ 4 inches high; a dowel 3 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter; a nail with a flat head; a stationary-type clothespin; and a 4 or 5 ounce lead fishing sinker to provide weight. Provides instructions and photographs. The clothespin, which swivels on top of the dowel, holds the spoon or fork whi

Feeding Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding tray which fits against the child, will not slide away, and holds a plate in place. Instructions for building a table-top feeding tray of plywood (12 by 12 inches) with a rounded cutout on one side to fit against the child, a batten fastened on the underside, without interfering with the cutout, to keep it from sliding away, and 4 wood plate stops with turn buttons to hold the plate in place. Includes list of materials and drawings. SKILLS REQU

Feeding Tube Holder

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with ALS to indepemdemtly pour liquid meals into a feeding tube. The device consists of a quarter-inch plywood base with an upright length of plywood attached to it. The syringe barrel is attached to the side of the 2 x 4, enabling the user to use two hands to pour the liquid food. The unit disassembles for travel and storage. MATERIALS: one piece of quarter-inch plywood, a 9-inch length of 2 x 4, and fasteners. TOOLS: Wood shop tools. S

Female Urinal For Wheelchair Use.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Female urinal for wheelchair use. Drawing of a urinal made from an economy size plastic liquid detergent bottle (squared shape) with a part of the bottom and handle side cut away. AUTHOR: High, E G TITLE: Source Guide to Habilitative Techniques and Aids for Cerebral Palsied Persons of All Ages REF: Washington DC: George Washington University Job Development Laboratory: p 107 NARIC CALL NUMBER: 00102 PAGES (including cover): 2 1977.

File Adaptation

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with limited grip strength to remove files from file cabinets. To adapt hanging file folders, thread cable ties through the center tab slots of the hanging file folder. Create a loop by attaching the two ends of the cable tie. This is done on each side of the hanging folder. Adjust the loop by pulling on the cable tie. Users can place their hands through the front and back loops of the file they need and pull the file out. MATERIALS: Seven- o

File Cabinet Adaptation

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping and other upper extremity disabilities to open file cabinet drawers. Drill a hole vertically above and below the existing hand pull on each drawer and place the U-shaped handle vertically over the holes.Place a washer and nut over the threaded ends of the screws provided with the handles (longer screws may be required). Place the screws into the drilled holes from the inside of drawer and then into the handles, and tighten.

File Drawer Modification.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: File cabinet modified by hinging one side to allow filing by a person with little upper extremity range of motion or grasp. One side of a portable filing cabinet is removed and reattached with hinges to open downward, to expose the filed material from the side. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: Developed at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Reprinted from the " Rehabilitation Engineering Sourcebook Supplement 1:" Institute for Information Studies, Falls Church,

Film Can Pull Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Easy to pull switch to allow a child to turn on a tape player, battery toy or light. Switch made from a 35 mm plastic film can, 2 one inch brass washers, sewing elastic, string, 6 feet of two conductor, 22 gauge stranded wire, a subminiature size plug, and a large ring (about 6 inches--available in craft stores). Provides instructions for construction, with diagrams and a photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: Mo

Finger Holed Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick with finger rings to provide support while strumming. A ring pick is modified with an extra finger ring to provide extra support while strumming. the extra ring can be attached in several ways depending on the ability of the person. It can be applied to a closed fist with the pick extending out from the hand, or over the second and third fingers where it does not interfere with the thumb. Can be made with polyform or be cementing a second commerci

Finger Loop Writing Device

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Finger splint made of molded plastic to position fingers in an optimal three point pinch for writing. Describes constructing a loop splint made of 18 inches of 1/2 inch plastic which can be molded when warmed in hot water. Designed to be less bulky than a regular splint. Must be made to fit each individual. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: Designed by Dorie Milner, OTR, Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 400 E 34th Street, New York 10016. SKILLS REQUIRE

Finger Sleeve Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick is recommended for persons with stiff finger joints or those with hypotonic hand muscles. Pick is adapted from a standard bowling thumb protector by inserting elastic for sizing and a wrist strap for support. Any commercial plastic pick can be glued to the leather thumb protector. Strumming accomplished by flexion or extension movements of the fingers or a rake grasp movement in abduction or adduction by the shoulder girdle. Includes drawing. SKIL

Fingernail Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: One hand fingernail file with a nonslip base. Instructions are provided to make a fingernail file using a small board of wood with a curved top. Top with an emery board or fine sandpaper. A dowel with a pointed end can be placed at an angle from the base to use to clean under fingernails. Foam rubber base to prevent slipping. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Simple Woodworking. AUTHOR: Occupational Therapy Service. TITLE: REF: Resource Sheet: Institu

Firm Back Support For Chairs

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- DESCRIPTION: A sturdy, padded support for use with school chairs. Height and thickness can be customized to suit a particular student’s needs. PURPOSE: 1. To provide firm support for the student’s back while I a chair, improving trunk stability and providing a stable base from which to the arms for functional tasks. 2. To reduce the seat depth of a chair, allowing the student to sit upright with the pelvis in neutral position and feet flat on the floor or

Fishing Pole Holder

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself fishing pole holder for an individual with limited use of their arm related to stroke. A tube, made of plastic water pipe which is slightly larger in diameter than the fishing rod handle is attached at an angle to the arm of a folding chair. The chair should be carefully chosen for a sturdy arm rest and reinforced if necessary. Once the fishing rod is cast with one hand the rod is then placed in the tube and "locked" in plac

Fishing Rig, The

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with quadriplegia to fish. The rig is built of tough half-inch Lexan plastic and fastens securely to the wheelchair frame, providing a strong, stable platform close to the stomach. On that platform is a universal joint that allows sideways rotation and up and down swing. The handle of the fishing rod is adapted to fit into the universal joint. (Another option is to attach the adapter arm to the handle of any fishing rod with wrap-around c

Fishing Stool And Storage Box With Adjustable Rod Holder.

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY PURPOSE: Provides the angler a seat, storage and solid support for the fishing rod. Drawing which presents a wooden stool-like box with a hinged top and rope handle; a steel plate is screwed to the top edge of the box, and a steel tube is welded to the hinged steel plate. The tube and plate assembly is adjustable, and holds the fishing rod in place.

Five-Piece Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Chair that can be assembled in several positions, such as vertical or reclining, and with different seat and footrest heights. Describes chair made of plywood, with softwood battens. Drawings illustrate construction of the parts ( sides with armrests, seat, back and footrest) and one way of putting the chair together. Lists materials needed. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapp

Fix For Fixing Braille Errors

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable an individual doing braille transcription to accurately correct an error while the document is still in the brailler. Place a fresh sheet of braille paper in the braille writer and space to the center of the line, approximately at cell 22 or 23. Write the braille letter "x" and follow it with a space, then type the braille letter "y." Press keys one and three with the left hand and simultaneously using a permanent ink pen to draw a vertical line or dot on the s

Fixture For Use With Typewriter Or Other Keyboard

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to stabilize the hands of someone with uncontrolled motions, to permit use of a keyboard. Describes device made of clear plexiglass with padded holes for the hands to fit through. The plexiglass is in a channel and can slide back and forth so the person can reach the whole keyboard, which is mounted on a tilt for maximum visibility. The keys are struck with pencils held in each hand, held on with elastic straps. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED

Flap-Down Ironing Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Folding ironing board that can easily be used by people in a wheelchair; takes up little room when folded away; can easily be set up with one hand; wheelchair can be drawn in underneath the board. Made of blockboard or plywood with rounded ends and bevelled edges; asbestos mat, three hinges, 2 shelf brackets, foam padding for the board, and milium ironing board cover. COMMENTS: Height is not adjustable once the board is fitted. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembl

Flashing Cane

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide greater visibility of people who use white canes at night or in low light. Red flashing "cat's eye" reflector lights designed for bicycles can be attached to support or folding canes with the included clamps. The reflectors are available in a variety of sizes and can be set to different flashing modes or as a steady light. TITLE: Flashing Cane (in Springboard). AUTHOR: Bill Rudkin. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol 34 no 4, Winter 2003: p. 170-171. PAGES (including

Flipper Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch is activated by pressing down gently on the end of plastic spatula to activate toy, light, or tape recorder. Switch turns off when lever is released. Device is made of flexible plastic or nylon spatula, box about 6 inches long, 3 inches high and 3-6 inches wide, spring from inside a large hair curler, subminiature lever switch, masking tape and rosin core solder. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: Homemade Battery Powered T

Float Board Communicator

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself device which allows individuals with communication disabilities to communicate by pointing to symbols while in the pool. The float board is made up of three parts. The upper part is an upside-down plastic bucket that is bonded to a section of float board. A float board can be obtained at any sports store. The second part, underneath the float board is a much smaller plastic jar, filled with concrete. This jar is then bonded

Floating Communication Board

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create a waterproof communication board that can float in the pool, bath, or water table for an individual with communication disabilities. Create and laminate the communication board, place it in a zip lock plastic bag and seal, pushing any excess air out so it lays flat. Place loop Velcro on a foam garden kneeler and hook Velcro on the back of the plastic bag with the communication board. Make sure the pictures on the communication board are facing up. At

Floating Dock And Sling For Disabled Canoeists.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Special dock for access in and out of canoes and kayaks. A Norwegian design for a boathouse with a special dock for getting in and out of canoes and kayaks. The dock has a channel cut down the middle to allow the canoe or kayak into the dock with deck on both sides for access by other people providing assistance. A frame is suspended over the channel with a trapeze for use by the person getting in or out of the canoe. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED:

Floor Bars.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Enables a person to do " press-ups" for arm development. Materials list and instructions for wooden exercise bars which sit on base on the floor. Person sits securely between the bars and lifts torso up by pressing down on the bars with upper extremities. Photo and graphics. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy to Make Aids For Your Handicapped child. REF:Book: Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: p 96- 97. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1

Floor Bars.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Frame with bars designed so a child can do press-ups from a sitting position for arm development. Device consisting of a plywood board 18 by 22 inches, corner blocks, brackets and uprights, and two round bars 1 inch in diameter and 22 inches long. Can be made so the height of the bars is adjustable. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press

Floor Seat And Corner Seat.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rustic aids are simple aids meant for outdoor use. Simple chairs or back rests for person sitting on the ground. Instructions for a simple floor seat or corner chair for use when sitting on the ground. Drive stakes with points into the ground side by side in a pattern of a square or triangle with a 90 degree angle. The front stakes should be lower to allow movement of the arms. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Eas

Floor Seat.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Legless seat with sides to allow a child with poor body support to sit on the floor to play with other children. Instructions for building a seat, made of plywood, with sides to help support a child. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 30-31. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1798 PAGES (i

Floor Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Floor tray table designed for use with floor seat provides writing area with extra support. Tray table top is constructed of 12 inch by 16 inch plywood board. Side panels measure 12 inches by 12 inches. Softwood battens can be glued inside side panels about 1 1/2 inches from top of tray. Front edge of tray can be cut out to fit child. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, Englan

Floor Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small floor table so a child can sit leaning against the wall or other furniture and play with other children who are playing on the floor. Table made of 12 by 24 inch plywood, with sides which allow the table to stand 10 inches off the ground and provide 2 inch edges, with a 2 inch edge along the front. A section can be cut out to allow the table to fit partly around the child's body. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make

Fm Wireless Broadcast Systems.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wireless microphone system for home use. A fixed tuned wireless FM system designed for hookup to a public address system or a hi-fi amplifier can be converted for use at home without such a hookup. It uses a pocket size amplifier and a neck loop, earphone piece, or headphones. A parts list and detailed instructions are provided. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR:Paschell, William. TITLE: Do-it-Yourself Listening and Signaling Devices for People with

Foam Board Tactile Maps

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide tactile maps for individuals with vision disabilities. These maps can be made to any size that accommodates the project. Applications include neighborhood or campus maps, a route down a hall to a nearby destination, or a study aid for a social studies unit. The base of the map is made of foam board cut to size and thin cardstock is used to represent features on the map, such as walls, hallways, or streets. Shapes can also be cut out to represent other

Foam Cardholder

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create a lightweight playing card holder for a young child with disabilities. Simply use a piece of foam and cut a diagonal shelf for the cards to sit in. MATERIALS: Light weight piece of foam. TOOLS: Cutting knife. SKILLS: Cutting. TITLE: Foam Cardholder. JOURNAL: Ideas to share: Tots n’ Tech. REF: http://www.asu.edu/clas/tnt/home_files/ideas/communication/picture/foamc.... PAGES: 1 with cover. Idea submitted by: Maria Jones, Oklahoma. For more information c

Foam Tubing Utensils

Foam Tubing Utensils are designed for individuals with upper extremity disabilities to allow them to grasp utensils, making it easier for them to feed themselves. They are made by drilling holes into 1/2 inch foam tubing. The hole inside the tubing should be made small enough to fit snuggly on the handle of a fork, knife, and/or spoon and the tubing should be cut to the length of the handle of the fork, knife, and/or spoon. This allows people with limited dexterity to eat using a for, knife, or

Foam Wedge.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Foam wedge for various positioning and exercise activities. Instructions for constructing a wedge to fit the individual child (measuring armpit to ankle and armpit to wrist) made from a foam mattress, covered with a waterproof material, and with a terrycloth removable cover. Includes drawings, uses and comments. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. Assembly. Plastics. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with a Child who has a Physical

Folding Bed Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bed table which can be folded flat for storage. Instructions for building a bed table with hinged legs. The table is made of plywood. Includes diagrams, drawings and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 80-86 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1126 PAGES (including cover): 8 1981.

Folding Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Permits an even tri- fold of paper for envelope insertion. Masonite or plywood base with rims on three sides making a letter-size box with a lucite flap, 1/3 of the length of the letter attached to the long side rim. The paper is slipped under the flap and folded around it, then slipped off. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education An

Folding Guide.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Folding guide for folding letters to fit in envelopes. Describes guide made of wood and clear acrylic; a shallow box, the size of the paper to be folded, with edges on three sides and a hinged piece of clear plastic fastened across the center of the width. This can be lifted to insert the paper, then put down to use as a guide to fold the paper around; the paper can then be slipped off and put in an envelope. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodw

Foot Controlled Nail Clipper.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Nail clipper which can be operated with foot pressure. Nail clipper fastened with a piece of spring steel to a base made of two small pieces of plywood; a length of mesh wire is soldered to the lever of the clippers, fed through a hole in the plywood platform, and attached to a leather foot sling. The device is fastened to a table or counter with a small vise. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Soldering. TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dub

Foot Flusher

The Foot Flusher is designed for use by individuals with limited use of their upper extremities or limited coordination and balance of their lower extremity while flushing the toilet. Step 1: Gather Materials. Materials: 2 Paper Towel Rolls. 1 Wire Hanger. 1 Kiwi Express Shoe Shiner (or similar). 1 Package of 3M (I used the "Utensil Hooks" but technically any one of these Command Strip products will work - more on that later). 1-5 Rubber Bands. Some tape or glue.

Foot Operated Power Mitre Saw.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Foot operated lever for a power mitre saw enables it to be used by someone with one arm or limited use of one arm. Describes a supplementary foot operated lever consisting of a plywood cutting base, a foot rod and a foot operated sewing machine switch. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: For information contact: Dr Ken Bruwelheide, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworki

Foot Operated Wire Feeder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Enables person with limited use of hands to cut wire accurately using foot pedals. Device pulls wire off roll and feeds it into the cutter. When wire hits the stop it is cut to give the prescribed length of wire. Wire drops into box. Device has 2 rollers, one which drives the wire. a ratchet is attached to drive wheel and foot pedal. Spring returns it. Diagram included. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J. TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Mach

Foot Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick is for person with no hands or those who do not have functional hands or fingers. Pick is a large plastic curved plate which extends past the toes and curves up around the sides of the front of the foot. A 1 inch velcro strap is riveted to the sides of the wide part of the pick and extends across the top of the foot. A second strap attaches between the first and second toes to add security. Strumming is accomplished by dorsi-flexion and plantar fl

Foot Pocket

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself solution to keep a child with severe disabilities feet warm without confining socks at night. First told the fabric in half and put a seam along both sides. This creates the inside pocket. Next flip it inside out so the seams are hidden. Then place a seam directly down the center, starting about 3 inches from the top. The seam is optional but for this DIY project a seam down the center was included so the child’s legs would

Foot Rest Boxes.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Boxes to attach to standard wheelchair footplates to maintain position of feet. Design for making wooden boxes to maintain child's feet on wheelchair footplates. Includes materials list and diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: Book: Human Horizons Series, p 126. Also available from Prentice- Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1798. 1981.

Foot Shields For Wheelchairs.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bumper-like foot shield for a wheelchair to protect the feet in case of a collision. It can also be used to push a ball in some wheelchair sports. Describes a six inch high foot shield for a wheelchair made of vacuum-formed 3/16 inch high-density polyethylene and attached to the footrest with three tubes. Includes photographs and a diagram. COMMENTS: Suggests that except for the polyethylene portion the guard can be manufactured in any shop. Designed b

Foot Stool.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small angled stool to facilitate putting on shoes and socks, tying laces or clipping toenails. Stool made of softwood, large enough to rest one or both feet on, holding the toes higher than the heels, making the feet easier to reach. Includes instructions an drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 30-31. Also available from Prentice- Hall, Englewoods C

Foot Strap.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Foot strap for holding instruments. Two versions of foot straps to hold simple instruments with stick type of handles. Foot strap A fits over socks, shoes or braces: two straps wrap around the forefoot with a longer strap wrapped around the heel like a sandal strap; the straps are sewn where they intersect and have velcro closures; side pocket loops are incorporated into the forefoot straps to hold the instrument handle. Foot Strap B is designed to be

Foot Wranglers

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual to uses a wheelchair to lift his/her feet onto the footplates. Create a large loop at the end of a length of parachute cord (available at hardware stores). Place the loop around the foot and use the remaining cord to pull the foot onto the footplate. The cord is lightweight and can be conveniently carried along. MATERIALS: Parachute cord. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Quest Extra: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.or

Footstool

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with lower extremity disabilities or using a raised chair to have foot support. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article provides detailed instructions with illustrations for building a simple footstool with a padded top. Also included are instructions for changing the dimensions and proportions to suit the needs of the user. MATERIALS: 36-inch long piece of 1 x 10 inch lumber, an 11.5-inch long

Forearm Cuff.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Forearm cuff with one tool handle pocket designed to facilitate holding short-handled gardening tools. Instructions for constructing a forearm cuff with a tool handle pocket of canvas webbing, 2-inch rectangular rings, hook and loop velcro, leather or vinyl scraps and cord or shoestring. Lists materials needed and type of vendor, and includes diagram and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Beems, J TITLE: Adaptive Garden Equipment: A Resource Man

Formboards And Jigsaws.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Formboards (one piece jigsaw puzzles) and jigsaw puzzles with two, four and six parts each to help a child learn shapes, size, color and sorting. Directions for making jigsaw puzzles using 6 inch square pieces of plywood and pictures of various objects. Once the picture shape has been cut out of the square, three squares of the same level (depending on how many pieces the picture is cut into) are glued to firm cardboard. With puzzles with one and two p

Frames & Stands.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Frames and stands adapted for holding instruments. Various types of frames and stands are described for holding many types of instruments, including small drums. The stands put the instruments within reach of people sitting in wheelchairs or other positioning chairs, or on the floor. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR:Clark C. and Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped: A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St. Louis; Magn

Frankfurter And Roll Food Puzzle

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Puzzle in a food design to help teach shapes and sizes and how to place them on pegs. Puzzle in the shape of frankfurter and roll constructed of softwood and dowels and painted realistically. Includes instructions and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 34-35. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3463

Free Standing Junior Walker.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wooden box type walker for child. Instructions for a child's walker. Wooden sides and front with a tray across the top. Two handles extend straight out from sides. Uses four round ball type wheels. Materials list. Includes drawing and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child. REF: Book: Englewoods Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc: p 80-82. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1798 1982.

Fried Egg And Bacon Food Puzzle

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Puzzle in a food design to help teach shapes and sizes and how to place them on pegs. Puzzle in the shape of fried egg and bacon constructed of softwood and dowels and painted realistically. Includes instructions and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 36-37. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3463

Front Pocket Alteration On Men's Trousers.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Alteration of the front of a pair of trousers to allow a front panel to be fastened with velcro for persons who have difficulty manipulating zippers or buttons. Instructions for altering a pair of trousers, calling for opening the trousers at the pocket lines, cutting off the pocket linings, and sewing pieces of knit material in the front (to the underside of pocket - the part made of the same fabric as the trousers) and as a waistband to fit under the

Fruit Picking.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wooden tree with pieces of fruit that can be taken on or off; can help hand-eye coodination and color discrimination. Tree shape cut from 8 by 8 inch plywood attached to a softwood base, with 7 dowels 3/16 inch diameter by 3/4 inch long fastened to the tree as fruit holders. The fruits are cut 1/4 inch thick from a 1 inch diameter dowel, with 1/4 inch holes drilled for hanging, and painted realistically in different colors, as representing various stag

Full Arm Cuff.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Full arm cuff, with two straps below and one above the elbow, with two tool handle pockets to facilitate holding a long handled garden tool. Instructions for constructing a full arm cuff of canvas webbing, three 2-inch metal rectangular rings, loop and hook velcro, leather or vinyl scraps and cord or shoelace. Lists materials and suggestions places to buy them. Includes diagram and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Beems, J TITLE: Adaptive Gard

Game Controller Adaptation

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist an individual with upper extremity disabilities in operating the remote control of a PlayStation. Attach several Lego-style blocks to each of the four blocks. Grabbing the extension and pulling down causes the blocks to activate the corresponding button. MATERIALS: Lego-style blocks and game controller. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly.11 TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. REF: Volume 12, Number 1, January/February 2005. WEB: http://www.mdausa.org/publ

Garden Apron.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Garden apron with several pockets to carry small items. Instructions are provided for sewing garden aprons, one with a bib and velcro ties, and one with a waist hoop. Both aprons have multiple pockets sewn into the fronts to carry small items. Includes materials lists, detailed sewing instructions and drawings of patterns. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph

Garden Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Garden chair or bench for sitting while doing gardening chores. Attach boards to the bottom of chair legs (i.e., like sled runners) to prevent chair legs from sinking in the ground. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401: p 16. PAGES (including cover):1 1984.

Garden Design.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Special methods of designing gardens for people with sensory or physical limitations. Suggestions are provided for garden designs, including surfaces, pathways, slopes, benches, steps, railings, and other planting tips. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401: p 40-44. PAGES (including cover):1 1984.

Garden Kneeler.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Kneeling bench for working in garden. Wooden kneeling bench. Includes construction diagrams and materials list. Suggests covering knee pad with carpeting. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401: p 12. PAGES (including cover):1 1984.

Garden Scooter

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist people with mobility disabilities in engaging in gardening activities. To make this cart, cut the 2 x 4 into 6 pieces 6 inches long. Drill a 5/8-inch hole in the middle of two 2 x 4 pieces 1.5 inch from the end. Attach four 2 x 4 pieces with 3-inch wood screws perpendicular to the pine plank along backsides 2 inches from the end, far enough apart to support the stationary wheel/caster base. Attach two, 2 x 4 pieces (with holes) with 3-inch wood scre

Gentleman's Pick-Up

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pickup truck with wheelchair lift serves as less expensive alternative to a van. The user must, however, have residual ambulation ability. Describes use of a small pickup truck outfitted with a lift for an electric wheelchair. Presents advantages (i.e. cost and improved visibility) and disadvantages (possibility of rain damage, the need to be able to walk from the back of the truck to the cab), and makes suggestions concerning installation. Includes ph

Geometry Teaching Aid

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To demonstrate the difference between various types of angles for young children with vision disabilities. This technique was developed by a third-grade student who is blind for teaching younger children. The student uses his folding travel cane to demonstrate a right angle, showing the other students that if the corner of a piece of paper fits in the angle between two sections of the cane, a right angle has been created. If the angle is smaller than the right

Get A Grip

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children with fine motor and grasping difficulties hold an adapted eating utensil to participate in meal times. MATERIALS USED: Empty prescription bottle or 35mm film container, scissors, playdough or modeling clay. PREPPARATION: 1. If you are using a prescription bottle, select the size that seems most appropriate. 2. Remove the cap of the film container or prescription bottle. 3. With a pair of scissors, make a small incision into the

Getting Yourself Dry

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY PURPOSE: To provide methods of drying after bathing for seniors and individuals with arthritis, mobility disabilities, and other physical disabilities. Suggestions include substituting a terry cloth robe for a traditional towel and cutting a large stip of towelling and attaching web or cloth loop handles to create a towel with hand grips. Cutting the bottom off a robe creates a "bath jacket" to reduce chilling when bathing takes some time. Attaching a terry cloth pouch over

Glass Holding Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to facilitate holding a glass by a person with limited grip. Illustrates device made by fastening a 1 by 6 inch aluminum strip, bent in a U, to a 2 inch hose clamp with rivets. The inside of the metal can be lined with a strip of soft rubber. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 2 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1181 PAGES (including cover): 2 198

Glove Puppet.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hand puppet with a mouth that can open and close; intended to help a child learn pretend play (by pretending to eat) and to help in language learning activities. Pattern and instructions for making a hand puppet of 1/2 yard of furry material, a small square each of red felt and brown felt, and plastic safety eyes and nose. Includes photograph and drawings. Discusses uses of the puppet. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: McConkey, R; Jeffree, D TITLE: Mak

Glued To A Book

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To help children with fine motor and grasping difficulties turn the pages of a book. Materials Needed: Book, hot glue gun Preparation: 1. Plug in hot glue gun and allow it to heat up 2. Place a small amount of glue on the bottom right corner of each page in the book 3. Allow glue to dry before turning the page Ways to Adapt this Activity Small, round, felt chair leg protectors could also be used to separate the pages of the book Author: Designing En

Golf Club Holder For Upper Extremity Amputee Golfers.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device that can be attached to a standard prosthetic arm (interchangeable with a hook or hand) to allow a grip on a golf club. Instructions for a golf club grip device which can be manufactured in a machine shop. Includes a diagram and photographs. COMMENTS: Developed by Earl Puhl, who has filed a patent application. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Bhala, R P; Schultz, C F TITLE: Golf Club Holder for Upper Extremity Amputee Golfers JOURNAL: Arch

Golf Tee Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to help a person with difficulty bending down in planting a golf tee and placing the ball on it. Golf aid made with a length of broom handle or dowel and a 2 1/4 inch diameter U bolt. A 1/2 inch dovetail is routed into one end; the tee can be slipped in, pushed into the ground and the dowel slid off. The bolt is bent at a right angle; the ball can then be rested on this and lowered to the tee. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence F

Gooseneck Feeding Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Gooseneck holder for spoon to provide resistance against uncontrollable arm movements. A gooseneck with an angle clamp can be purchased. A lock-on accessory with a push button release is attached to the end of the gooseneck and silver brazed to the eating utensil to be used. In the example described a T bar handle was also brazed onto the end of the utensil to provide better support for a person with uncontrolable movement. A commercially available laz

Grab Bar

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist an individual with mobility disabilities in rising from the toilet. A suction cup was attached to each end of a grab bar. The grab bar was then attached to the front of the bathtub, which faces the toilet. Using a rope attached to the bar, the individual pulls him/herself to a standing position. MATERIALS: Grab bar, suction cups, and rope. TOOLS: Shop tools. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. REF: Volume 12, N

Grab Bar For Car.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Grab rail for car to assist walking to rear of car to retrieve wheelchair from trunk. Stainless steel rails, 3/4 inch diameter were custom made by a company that manufactures railings for boats. The rails followed the roof line of the car to be as inconspicuous as possible. The rails cost about $85 and were installed by an auto body shop. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Graichen, E. John. TITLE: Grab Bars Cheaper Than New Car. REF: Journal artic

Grasp Pad.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Piece of foam rubber used as a base to hold parts or tools, enabling someone with limited grasp capability to pick things up. A piece of foam rubber of the desired size and resiliency is placed on the regular work surface. The resiliency of the material makes it easier for small items placed on it to be picked up. COMMENTS: For further information contact: Leonard Anderson, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas Rehabilitation Engineering Center,

Grasp Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Squeeze switch used to activate tape player or battery operated toy can encourage child to develop grasping skills. Switch is constructed using a 3 inch section of 3/8 inch copper pipe, 4 copper U brackets, conductor wire, a subminiature plug and foam rubber strips. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: More Homemade Battery Devices for Severely Handicapped Children with Suggested Activities REF: Millville, Pennsyl

Grasp Without Hands.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Forceps modified to be mouth operated by a quadriplegic client, allowing items to be picked up. Used to operate stereo controls, cooking, doing jigsaw puzzles and picking up small items (i.e. taking cookies from a jar). Describes modification to surgical sponge forceps, including a molded mouthpiece made by a dental technician from an impression of the client's teeth made by a dentist. Also describes a holder for the "mouthforceps." Includes photograph

Grasping Aid For Damp Hands

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair to transfer safely. To keep sweaty hands from compromising a grip during transferring and toileting, use a rosin bag, available at sporting goods stores, like the ones baseball pitchers use. A pat of rosin on the palms of the hands aids on gripping surfaces without being sticky or messy. MATERIALS: Rosin bag. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Quest Extra: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publica

Grater Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Attachment for an adapted cutting board to stabilize a flat grater for one-handed use. Board 5 by 4 by 3/4 inches with a strip of wood attached about an inch from the top on which a flat grater can be rested at an angle to the cutting board. The board has two holes on the bottom which fit over two nails on the cutting board. Includes photographs and diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Strebel, M B; comp TITLE: Adaptions and Techniques for t

Great Games

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist children and adults with fine motor and grasping difficulties increase participation and interaction during board games activities.

Grip Bar And Book Rest.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Book rest with hand grips for a child with cerebral palsy. Instructions for building a book rest with hand grips. Consists of a base of 10 by 20 inch plywood; a book rest of 1 by 1 by 9 inch softwood; and two end pieces (1 by 3 by 4 inches) with holes drilled in them to take a 20 inch long 3/4 inch dowel. Includes drawings and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, En

Gripper.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to open and close screw-top jars or to use to turn taps and valves for someone with weak hands. Provides pattern and instructions for a gripper made of plywood with rubber glued to the surfaces that come into contact with the object to be turned. Can be clamped or screwed down for one-handed use. Includes drawings and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermon

Grippers

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping and other upper extremity disabilities to grasp items such as pens, pencils, toothbrushes, paintproushes, etc. Gripping objects that have small diameter handles, like pens, spoons, toothbrushes can be difficult for people with fine motor disabilities. There are many ways to adapt those items so they can be used. Sme objects that can be used to enlarge a device handle and make it easier to hold include a 35 millimeter film co

Grocery Bag Handle

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities or arthritis to carry plastic grocery bags. To make this handle, insert the dowel into the pipe insulation. Pre-drill holes one quarter inch from each end of the dowel. Put a dab of glue in one hole and twist one cup holder into the hole, being careful not to split dowel. Repeat the for the hole at the other end of dowel. MATERIALS: One 4- inch dowel, 5/8 inch in diameter; 4 inches of pipe insulation; tw

Guitar Holder

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with good finger control but limited arm strength to play the guitar. The guitar has a two-inch Velcro strip bonded to the guitar that can be locked on to a mating Velcro band around the leg, preventing the guitar from slipping from the correct position. The user's right arm has a support, also of Velcro, attached to the wheelchair armrest that fully supports the arm. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLE

Guitar Tuner for the Blind (using an Arduino)

Guitar Tuner for the Blind (using an Arduino) is designed for individuals who are visually impaired. It uses Arduino Pro mini microcontroller, (all code is provided). This project was undertaken for the charity Remap, which provides custom-made equipment for people with disabilities.

Hairbrush Card Holder

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create a card holder for individuals with grasping disabilities. The hairbrush holds the cards in place while removing the need for an individual to hold his or her cards during card games such as Old Maid, Go Fish, or Crazy 8’s! For individuals requiring more support and stability, Velcro can be used to secure the hairbrush to a non-skid placemat. TITLE: Hairbrush Card Holders. JOURNAL: Ideas to share: Tots n’ Tech. REF: http://www.asu.edu/clas/tnt/home_fi

Hairdresser's Workstool.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Relieves the legs and back of the hairdresser, without interfering with the pace of work. Also serves as an injury prevention device. Custom designed stool attaches to base of most commonly used barber's chair in Sweden. Stool is on a caster base and can rotate around barber's chair; is height adjustable, and can be adjusted for distance from the person in the barber's chair. Two designs are commercially available in Sweden. Similar design could be cus

Half-Step.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Portable half-step with a lifting handle to make it easier to climb steps; the climber need step up only half the height of a step at a time. Box made of wood, about 3 1/2 inches high and big enough to fit on a stair and to stand on with both feet; with a T-shaped handle long enough to reach when standing on the step above and strong enough to lean on. The half step with its "rail" and the stair rail allow the climber to climb more gradually and have s

Hall Divider For Blind Students

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To indicate to blind students and staff in a school hallway that they are moving to the left side of the hall into oncoming students. Apply a colored "tap strip" down the middle of the hall for its entire length. The strip is easily seen by sighted staff, and it returns a distinct sound and feel when tapped by the blind students' canes. TITLE: Hold That Line (in Springboard). AUTHOR: Pfotenhauer, M.. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2004: p. 34. PAG

Hammer Splint

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with finger amputation to use a hammer. An Orthoplast (see separate entry) splint is softened in warm water and molded to the user's arm. A long-handled hammer is positioned along the splint; when the splint hardens, two holes are drilled through the splint and the hammer handle. Bolts are placed through the holes to secure the hammer to the splint. Two Velcro bands provide additional stability and a Velcro loop near the hammer head provides a l

Hammock Wheelchair Armrest

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable hammock armrest for patients needing arm support and positioning while using a wheelchair. Describes construction of a wheelchair armrest made of a steel rod, heavy cloth and a wheelchair bracket for an overhead rod. The armrest can change the angle of elevation to 15 degrees from horizontal, and can be swung out of the way for transfers. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Sewing. AUTHOR: Salo, R E TITLE: Hammock Wheelchair Armrest JOURNAL: Amer

Hand Clutch Assembly For Operation Of John Deere Riding Mower.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch control assembly designed for users of riding mowers who require a hand operated system. The foot clutch was replaced by a vertical lever that extends upward near the right side of the steering wheel. A second lever is attached to the first lever and extends to the left side of the steering wheel. The clutch can be operated with either hand. Large knobs were added to the levers to make them easy to grip. An adjustable extension was added to the

Hand Clutch Control Assembly For The Ford T-25.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators with left side paralysis who require a clutch that can be operated with the right hand. Custom modification for a Ford T 25 console. A rack and pinion arrangement with a cross shaft allows clutch to be operated from the right side of the console. The lever locks in the disengaged position and allows using the right hand for shifting gears. The lever is attached to a pivot point and linkage which connects to a cross shaft,

Hand for Cutting Food

Hand for Cutting Food is designed for use by individuals with upper extremity amputations to assist with eating tasks.

Hand Operated Brake And Clutch Level Assemblies For The International 1486.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Combined brake and clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated system. The brake assembly is made of two pieces of round bar stock which were bent to follow the contour of the tractor dashboard, and clamped directly to the pedal shanks with "U"-bolts. The left hand lever is bent to the right to avoid interference with the steering wheel. The hand clutch assembly is constructed of a length of round steel bar bent 90 degrees on both ends to

Hand Operated Brake And Clutch Lever Assemblies For The International 1086 Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Combined brake and clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated system. Extensions are constructed primarily of flat bar stock welded and bent to fit around the instrument console. Both the clutch and brake levers pivot around a shaft mounted along the front of the console. The clutch lever assembly has an added three bar linkage to allow the clutch to be disengaged and locked in place in an over-center configuration. Each brake has a shor

Hand Operated Brake And Clutch Lever Assemblies For The International 5088 Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Combined brake and clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated system. A control jack shaft mounted under the operator's console holds all three controls. Only the left hand brake fixture is mounted permanently to the jack shaft. The clutch lever and right hand brake lever are mounted on short pieces of pipe which can rotate around the shaft. The hand levers are actuated by pushing them forward, bringing a small roller in contact with the

Hand Operated Brake Assembly For International 806.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Brake assembly designed for tractor operators who require a hand operated system. Custom modification for an International 806 tractor. The brake levels are made of flat bar stock. Each lever is attached to the brake pedal shank by two bolts. A notch has been ground at the base of the left hand control to allow the brake locking mechanism to operate freely. A handle is welded at the top of each lever and covered with a cushioned motorcycle grip. The ed

Hand Operated Brake Assembly For International Hydro 186.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Brake assembly designed for tractor operators who require a hand operated system. Custom modification for International Hydro 186 Tractor. Two vertical hand levers constructed of steel pipes are mounted in a bracket bolted to the floor. Each lever is free to rotate around a pin in the bracket. Adjustable linkage connects these levers to a second pivot assembly mounted directly beneath the left and right brake pedals. When the operator pushes the vertic

Hand Operated Brake Assembly For John Deer 3020 Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Brake assembly designed for tractor operators who require a hand operated system. Custom modification for a John Deere 3020 tractor. Two steel plates are welded to each brake shank and a portion of the pedal. The control levers are constructed of flat bar stock, which is bent to provide independent operation of each brake. Bicycle handlebar grips are welded to the bar stock to serve as handles. A steel plate is welded to each lever to serve as a base,

Hand Operated Brake Assembly For John Deer 4230 Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Brake assembly designed for tractor operators who require a hand operated system. Custom modification for a John Deer 4230 tractor. The brake levels are made of flat bar steel, bent to allow for independent use of each brake. Bicycle handlebar grips are welded to the bar steel to serve as handles. A piece of angle iron is welded to each brake pedal shank, and a piece of flat steel is welded to the end of each control lever. Each lever is bolted to an a

Hand Operated Brake Assembly For The Case 4Wd Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Brake assembly designed for tractor operators who require a hand operated system. Custom modification for a Case 4WD Tractor. Constructed of two pieces of flat bar stock welded to each side of a steel pipe hand lever. Two roller bearings are bolted to the flat steel plates. When the lever is pulled in a rearward direction the roller bearings roll up the shank to engage the brakes. The assembly is attached to a piece of channel iron bolted to the tracto

Hand Operated Brake Assembly For The International 186 Hydro.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Brake assembly designed for tractor operators who require a hand operated system. Custom modification for an International 186 Hydro. A frame designed to straddle the brake pedals made of steel plate is mounted to the tractor floor. Two hand levers run from console height down to the frame, where they are welded to a pipe which pivots around a bar supported in the frame. Two short plates or "ears" are welded to the pipe at about a 45 degree angle to th

Hand Operated Brake Assembly For The White 2-105 Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Brake assembly designed for tractor operators who require a hand operated system. Custom modification for a White 2-105 Tractor. Brake handles constructed of round bar stock are welded directly to the brake pedals. The tops are threaded to allow attachment of knobs for a comfortable grip. The editor cautions user to experiment to determine how much force is needed to operate brakes with this system. It is also noted that this design could interfere wit

Hand Operated Brake Assembly.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Brake assembly designed for tractor operators who require a hand operated system. Two levers are constructed from lengths of rectangular steel bar stock. Each bar is offset at the top to enable the user to engage each brake individually. The levers pivot around a bolt that extends through a steel bracket mounted to the tractor's instrument panel. A flat washer separates the two levers at this pivot point. Lengths of bar stock are attached by small ball

Hand Operated Brake, Clutch, And Steering Column Assemblies For Case- International 1460 Combine

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A hand operated control system for the Case-International Combine. Hand controls were added to all the foot pedals of the Case-International Combine, allowing hand operation of the clutch, tilt steering column, and both individual brakes. The "ball" grasps were purchased from an International dealer for $10.00 each. The grasps are mounted to steel rods bent to the needed shape. The rods are bolted to the foot pedals and are removable. It is possible to

Hand Operated Brake/clutch Controls.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Conversion for disengaging clutch and engaging brake for garden tractor operators with lower extremity impairments. The clutch/brake lever is constructed from 3/4 inch steel pipe. A 90 degree elbow has been added so that the lever extends directly toward the operator. the lever fits down inside another piece of 1 inch tubing, which is secured to the pedal arm with two U-bolts. This arrangement allows the pedal to be operated in a normal manner. The edi

Hand Operated Clutch Control Assembly For The Farmall M Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Developed for the Farmall M tractor. A 4 by 10 inch piece of steel bolts to the tractor platform through existing holes. A piece of angle iron with one side tapered to accommodate an expansion spring is welded at approximately 130 degrees on the outside angle to make the pivot point. The lever that activates the clutch is constructed of flat bar stock and is offset to avoid interference

Hand Operated Clutch Control Assembly For The International 1206.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Modifies the clutch of an International 1206 tractor. Constructed of two pieces of flat bar stock bolted together at one end. The hand control is attached to a mounting bracket that is fastened to the side of the tractor. The hand grip is made of round bar stock bent in a "L" shape and welded to end of the hand lever. When the control is pulled backward the roller bearing pushes against

Hand Operated Clutch Control Assembly For The International 1256.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Custom modification for an International 1256 tractor, constructed of round bar stock, flat stock, and metal tubing. The hand extension is removable to allow easier entry into the cab. Pulling back on the lever pushes the clutch pedal down and disengages the clutch. A turnbuckle in the linkage allows adjustment of pedal travel and operator reach. The editor cautions on the safety of this

Hand Operated Clutch Control Assembly For The John Deere 8430.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Custom modification for a John Deere 8430 tractor. A lever constructed of 1 and 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch flat steel is attached to a fixed point on the side of the steering console. As the lever is pulled toward the operator, a roller bearing mounted on the end of the lever rolls along the lower shank of the clutch pedal, disengaging the clutch. The roller is used to reduce the effort requir

Hand Operated Clutch Control For The Farmall H.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Custom modification for a Farmall H is operated from the left side of the tractor. The handle is a locking lever connected to the existing clutch pedal. It is mounted to the shank of the clutch pedal by bolts. A guide arm is bolted to the side of the tractor and platform. The guide is constructed of 1/2 inch bar stock and notched to allow the clutch to be locked in the disengaged positio

Hand Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons with minimal hand or finger function. Large conical pick is larger than the hand and is secured by an elastic wrist cuff. Whole hand serves as the pick. Can be adapted for the foot. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St louis; Magnamusic-Baton: p 26. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0272. 1980.

Hand Propelled Trolley.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Trolley, or cart, which is close to the ground so a child can propel it by hand. Trolley made of plywood, the base 15 by 34 inches or cut to fit the child, the back and sides made of 6 inch wide plywood cut down a quarter of the way forward. Ten inch wheels are located about a third of the distance from the rear. There are 2 casters, the one in front resting on the ground with the trolley in a horizontal position, the one in the rear 1/2 inch off the g

Hand Protection From Self-Abusive Behavior.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Polyform protective " mittens" for self-abusive children, to prevent hand biting. Details construction of two types of hand guards: one full hand protection, covering the whole hand and wrist; one partial hand protection to be used when the child is being closely supervised. Lists materials and equipment needed, and includes photographs and drawing. Both protectors are made of Rolyan polyform, and are hinged to allow wrist movement. SKILLS REQUIRED: Pl

Hand Splint Designed To Eliminate The Need To Grip.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To eliminate need for gripping during operation of skid loader by persons with hand impairments. The hand portion of the splint was heated and molded around a short section of 1 inch black PVC pipe which rests in the palm of the hand. The splint is held to the wrist by velcro straps. To operate a lever, the user places the pipe over it and then pushes or pulls without gripping. SKILLS REQUIRED:Moldmaking. Plastics. AUTHOR: Field, W.E. TITLE:Agricultura

Hand Support

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To support an arm paralyzed following a stroke. A This plastic cone, roughly the shape of the inside of a relaxed hand, is slung on an elastic band attached to an adjustable Velcro belt. The hand splint is held to the arm with a Velcro band and shaped so as to grip the cone. TITLE: The Hand Support. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/handsupport.htm. REF: The originator, Tom Jeary, can be contacted at tlj@golden.net.

Hand Trolley.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hand propelled trolley on casters for a small child to lie on or a larger child to sit on, to encourage the child to move around. Describes plywood hand trolley made of plywood (of whatever size is needed), 2 crosspieces and four 1 1/2 inch caster wheels. Caster guards may be fitted to prevent trolley from running over the child's fingers. An abduction board can also be added. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Eas

Hand Utility Cuffs

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual without fingers or without the use of hands to use a variety of tools and implements. The cuffs are made from Velcro with a canvas pocket. They are fastened in place by gripping the D-ring at one end with the teeth and rolling the Velcro together under the chin. The canvas pocket, open on one end, then holds pens, pencils, eating utensils, pliers, etc. TITLE: Hand Utility Cuffs. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions

Handle For Hand Tools.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shaped handle on tool makes it easier to grasp. An epoxy putty can be applied to the handle of a tool. It is molded into the shape of person's grasp. When the putty is dry and hard it can be cleaned with soap and water. Helping Handles is an epoxy putty available from The Felix Co., Helping Hands Div., 9 Rice's Lane, Westport, CT 06880. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening

Handle For Key Ring.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Easy to hold handle to attach to a key ring. Key ring handle made of strips of metal riveted together in a T shape with a loop in the bottom to fit around the ring. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1183 PAGES (including cover): 2 1976.

Handle Stablizer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holds the handle of a cooking pan on the range stable for a person with limited coordination or use of one hand only. Device made from two pieces of 1/2 inch plywood, 4 by 5 and 2 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches, one cut into a triangle, the other into a U shape with the opening to fit the pan's handle; and three small screw-on suction cups. Includes photograph and plan. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Strebel, M B; comp TITLE: Adaptations and Techniques for

Handrails.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Describes how to add handrails on porch and basement steps, and wooden handrails on long stretches of wall for anyone with difficulty walking. Pictures handrails on stairways and along walls for persons who havedifficulty walking (suggested by a woman with ALS). Handrails are availablein hardware and lumber stores. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hamilton, L TITLE: Why Didn't Somebody Tell Me About These Things? REF: Pleasant Hill,

Hands-Free Faucet Controller

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities to operate a faucet. The faucet controller attached to a shower head will convert any faucet to hands-free operation. The foot controls both water frow and temperature. This easy to install assistive device offers temperature memory, scald protection, hand sanitation and saves water and energy. For more detailed information, contact the originator. TITLE: The Hands-Free Faucet Controller. WEB SITE: Worksh

Handy Clown.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy designed to encourage children to reach out and explore with their hands, and to develop their ability to grasp objects. Describes a clown face toy made with two pieces of white plywood or particle board bracketed together so that one forms a stand for the other. A clown face is created on the upright board, using various different materials for tactile stimulation (felt, sandpaper, plastic, sheepskin). The nose is made so that it can light up and

Hanging Basket / Tote Bag / Tray

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a means for individuals who use walkers to carry items. . Included in a chapter entitled "Housekeeping & Getting Around," this illustrated article describes how to fashion and attach a container to a walker for use as a tote or tray. The selected basket or other container is fastened to the top bar of the walker with plastic ties. Attaching a dowel to the bottom of the container with plastic ties stabilizes the container and prevents swinging. MA

Hat Holder Head Support

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself solution for a young lady with head mobility issues to keep her head from falling forward while communicating and/or eating. A sturdy post was attached to the back of the young lady’s wheelchair. Various hats, headbands, etc. were modified by adding a string and hook. The string and hook are attached to the post on the back of the wheelchair keeping the young lady’s head upright. TITLE: The Hat Holder. WEBSITE: Workshop S

Head Pointer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Custom made head pointer for children. Detailed instructions are provided for fabricating an adjustable head pointer using thermoplastics. It requires approximately an hour of time plus materials. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. Plastics. AUTHOR:Jewell, Kaaren. TITLE: A Custom-Made Head Pointer for Children. REF: Journal article: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1989, Vol 43, No 7, pp 456-460. 1989.

Head Stick

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with severe physical disabilities to operate a computer, dial a phone, turn pages, and perform other tasks. This device was constructed using a cut down bicycle helmet. An additional band of rubber was installed to provide comfort and achieve proper fit. The pointer is a firm quarter-inch rubber-tipped metal rod rigidly attached to the side of the helmet and angled so the pointer tip is central to the user's eyesight. The rod is necessar

Head Support

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with neurological disabilities to hold his head erect. A mold of the user's back was made of forming plastic and lined with 3/8-inch foam. The support is held in place with two-inch Velcro strapping. An upright rod made of 3/8 x 2 inch Lexan plastic (for stiffness) was attached to the top of the back piece. A padded, flexible head band made of 1/16 x 1.25 inch Lexan was attached to the top of the upright rod. Also, as an alternative to th

Head Switch Mounted To Existing Head Support

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- A head-switch mount which consists of a strip of expanded PVC that is formed so that it hooks around a head support. A Velcro strap connects the end of the head-switch mount. The switch is bolted to the mount. PURPOSE: To stabilize a switch for activation by head movement. MATERIALS USED: Expanded PVC material, 12 inch x 4 inch, Velcro loop tape (non-adhesive), 1 inch x 6 inch strip, Velcro pressure-sensitive hook tape, 1 inch x 4 inch strip, three ½ inch lon

Head-Mount For Chin Switch

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- A thermoplastic “hat” with an attached wire which is bent down around the face and under the chin. The switch is attached with Velcro to a small thermoplastic square at the end of the wire under the chin. PURPOSE: To stabilize a switch for activation using jaw movements. MATERIALS USED: Low temperature thermoplastic material, 18 inch x 6 inch sheet, preferably colored, stiff wire, such as hanger wire, about 20 inch long, plastic welder glue, pressure-sensitive

Hedge Maze Area Rug

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: 1. To create a hedge maze for recreation.

Helping Eyes (Mountable Visual Aid)

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Helping Eyes is a "visual aid" which can be mounted to any apparel to prevent injury to the visually impaired. It uses an ultrasonic range sensor to "sense" objects and sends vibrations to warn its wearer of the incoming object (or wall/ceiling). As an object comes closer, the vibration's intensity increases.

Hey Hear This

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist children with visual impairments transition from one activity to the next with the use of a visual and auditory schedule. Material needs for making visual and auditory schedule: simple voice output communication device such as Talking Brix™, Communicators by AbleNet, Inc. or a Personal Talker by Attainment Company. Other materials needed include: Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) Plastic, Velcro®, plastic food container, and object symb

Hip Supports For Chairs That Have Sides

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- Description: Two vinyl covered foam blocks to place between the sides of the chair and the hips while the student is seated.

Hobby Horse.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy encourages child in walking and developing balancing skills. Cut out shape of horse's head from a 6 inch by 9 inch piece of plywood. Drill hole for handle made from 6 inch piece of broom handle. Glue horse's head to another piece of broom handle cut to fit child. Paint hobby horse. Add two wheels to act as stabilizers if necessary. Includes sketch. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child R

Hockey Wheelchair

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with quadriplegia to play hockey in a wheelchair league. The lower half of a straight-bladed hockey stick was fastened to a bracket which,in turn, was held across the wheelchair footplates by two quarter-inch bolts and wing nuts for quick assembly and disassembly. Approximately two-thirds of the way back on the blade, arms were fastened that extend approximately four inches at a little less than a right angle to hold the ball. TITLE: Ho

Holders For Drinks.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holders for mugs and glasses that a person with weak or stiff hands can lift either resting on the palm or between thumb and index finger on the side of the hand. Provides pattern and instructions for constructing two holders, one for tall glasses, the other for shorter wider containers such as mugs. They are both made with a wood base or platform and wood upright, to which is fastened a piece cut from a plastic drainpipe; this part wraps around the gl

Home Made Dressing Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Dressing stick for use by people with limited reach. Illustrates a dressing stick made by removing the hook from a wooden coat hanger and putting a rubber thimble (or baby bottle nipple) on one end. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 3 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1182 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980.

Home Repair Skills Training Program

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision or blindness in becoming familiar with basic home hand tools and home repair and maintenance tasks. This program is designed for students from 10 to 22 years of age and takes the form of a one-day hands-on workshop. Goals for the workshop participants include learning to identify and use basic handtools (hammer and nails/anchors, awl, saw, screwdrivers, tape measure or click rule, sdjustable wrench, sandpaper, and level);

Home Thermostat Setting Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification to home thermostat to make it easier to read and to set for use by those with poor eyesight or limited fine finger dexterity. Shows two standard home thermostats modified with pointers and expanded size temperature scales. Diagram included. COMMENTS: Does not list materials used or provide instructions. For further information contact Leonard Anderson, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas Rehabilitation Engineering Center, 2021 Nor

Homemade Button Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Loop to pull buttons through buttonholes for those with limited hand function. Device made of 10 inches of wire made into a narrow loop and spliced with butt splice electrical connector, glued with epoxy into a hole drilled in one end of a number 2 file handle or section of broom handle. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p

Homemade Planting Board

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Board with notches to help space plants evenly. A 4 foot board is bevelled on one side to make furrows. The other side has large notches cut at 12 inch intervals and shallow notches at alternate 6 inch intervals. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401: p 14. PAGES (including cover):1

Homemade Supine Work Station

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injuries or back pain to use a computer in a reclined position. Designed for a touch typist, this system fits under and above a bed, enabling the user to view a monitor and type while reclined. Major components include the frame, a monitor rack and handle to enable the rack to move between the work station and a desk (an optional desk mount is required), an inverted book holder, a mirror for keyboard viewing, and a keyboard mount wi

Homemade Van Ramp.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheelchair ramp for a van. Describes a wheelchair ramp made of strong 1/4 inch aluminum channel irons and angle cross pieces from a boat manufacturing plant. The runners are made of two 45 inch sections each, hinged together with barn door hinges. Shallow steps are built between the runners, and covered with indoor-outdoor carpeting. Includes photographs. COMMENTS: Developed by Harley Karvonen of Perham, Minnesota. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Woodwo

Homemade Vegetable Grater Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: One handed use of vegetable grater. Suction cups on base of formica covered plywood stand holds commercially available grater stationary. Graphics included. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hamilton, L. TITLE: Why Didn't Somebody Tell Me About These Things? REF:Book: Author, 217 North Jeffreys St, Pleasant Hills, MO 64080; p 123. 1984.

Homemade Zipper Pull Or Dressing Stick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device which can be used as a dressing stick or zipper pull for those with limited range of motion. Illustrates device made with a 1/2 inch diameter dowel of whatever length needed with a cup hook screwed into one end. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 25 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1181 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980.

Homework Folder

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable an individual with blindness or low vision to organize homework and other work. For students in primary grades, a two-pocket folder with paper fasteners down the center form the basis of the system. A plastic case with a zipper with holes to hold it in a binder is fastened to the center of the folder. Students place work to be done in the left pocket and flash cards or other small items in the case. When the work is complete, it is transferred to the right pock

Hooded Wheelchair Wrap.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lightweight, waterproof, full length wrap for someone in a wheelchair. Pattern and instructions for making a hooded wheelchair wrap of Urethane-coated nylon. The wrap ties onto the wheelchair to keep it correctly positioned; can include a strap to go around the person and the chair back. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 177-179 NARI

Hoop Apron.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Apron with flexible hoop that can be put on with one hand. Requires a piece of terry cloth or other fabric. Make a casing at the top of the fabric and hem the bottom. Apron hoops are available in craft stores in three sizes. Insert hoop through the casing. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Occupational Therapy Service. TITLE: REF: Resource Sheet: Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York. .

Horizontal Box Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stabilizer for a narrow (flat) box so the contents can be inserted using a gross sliding forward motion. The box rests on a non-skid rubber base and is held in place with a toggle clamp. Lists materials needed; includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education and Employment of Handicapped People: Supplement REF: Madison, Wisconsin: University of

Horizontal Stylus

The Horizontal Stylus is a homemade stylus designed for individuals with ataxia or any disability that affects the upper extremities and makes it difficult to write so that the person may be able to adequately hold a pen or pencil.

Horseshoe Cushion.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Used to relieve pressure on the bony prominences of persons who lack normal sensation and are prone to develop pressure sores. Materials list and directions for making a foam cushion with horseshoe cutout in the back, used on top of a seat board for firm support. Similar to commercial products. Suggestions for a washable cover and anchoring tapes also provided. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Fahland, B. TITLE: Wheelchair Selection: More Than Cho

Hose Carrying Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation for garden hose to make it easier to carry for wheelchair users. Tie a 4 foot dowel or broom handle for the end of a hose. The rigid hose is much easier to carry without getting wet. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401: p 24. PAGES (including cover):1 1984.

Hula Hoops

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide different size hoop targets for children working on improving strength and eye hand coordination during throwing activity. MATERIALS: Underwater sprinkler pipe ($20 for 100 feet from Menards Store) Double male connecter ($.50 each) Athletic tape DIRECTIONS: 1. Cut pipe to desired length 2. Insert male connecter into pipe ends to form a circle. 3. Wrap the seam with tape

Hurdles

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children improve their motor planning skills while running, jumping or stepping over an obstacle.

Hybrid Scooter

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a scooter user with longer-distance mobility. Billy Bowers configured a transmission and engine to be added to his electric scooter, creating a hybrid gasoline/electric scooter to eable him to take his scooter on longer trips without fear of having the batteries be depleted away from a source for recharging. It can hold half a tank of gas and travel for 50 to 100 miles without refueling or charging. The hybrid scooter has a top speed of 15 miles per h

Hydraulic Hand Operated Brake And Clutch Control For A John Deer 350 Bulldozer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide access to a John Deere 350 Bulldozer for operators requiring a system of hand operation. Conversion taps into the bulldozer's existing hydraulic system and is set up to disengage the master clutch, apply the brakes of both the tracks at once, and assist the left and right hand steering levers. Two new valves are added above the instrument console directly in front of the operators seat. Through hydraulics, one finger is sufficient to operate

Ice Cream Cone Food Puzzle.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Puzzle in a food design to help teach shapes and sizes and how to place them on pegs. Puzzle in the shape of an ice cream cone constructed of softwood and dowels and painted realistically. Includes instructions and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 32-33. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3463 P

Improving The Posture Of A Seated Worker.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification to an office chair for a person with poor trunk control who finds it difficult to maintain a comfortable posture. Describes an office chair with arms constructed by fastening the chair to a plywood base which extends in front of the chair, attaching a wedge shaped foot rest to the base (so the toes point slightly upwards), and using a seat cushion to raise the seat height. Also describes a T shaped wood foot rest that can be used by someon

In-Home Lift System

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide transfer assistance for an individual with neurological disabilities. A wooden track is mounted it to the ceiling, and in-line skate wheels are used to roll the lift along the track. The carriage is powered with a purchased hoist motor. The harness, composed of a seat from a swing, is attached to the hoist. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/Quest/q113diy.html. REF: Vol. 11, No. 3,

Independence Through Mobility.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Discusses the ATI- Hotchkiss (Appropriate Technology International) wheelchair manual, which provides instructions for building a strong, lightweight wheelchair. Discusses a manual developed to allow local manufacture, in developing countries, of a light, strong wheelchair that is less expensive than imports. Also discusses a basic tool kit, tools for bending, welding equipment, drill press, jigs and making locknuts. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: Guide

Independent Leg Bag Emptying Technique For Cervical Five (C-5) Quadriplegic Clients.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device and technique to allow easy and independent emptying of leg bag by C-5 quadriplegic person. Device is made of a specially designed top strap that eliminates the need for difficult to manage bottom strap; a reacher that is used to pull up pants leg, lift the bag onto the toilet, open the clamp to drain, and then lift the bag onto the lap for closure; and a plastic T shaped base which anchors the clamp to the bottom of the leg bag for easy opening

Industrial Sewing Machine Adaptation.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation of an industrial treadle sewing machine so it can be operated with hands and arms only. Illustrates an adaptation consisting of a hinged board attached to the front of the sewing machine, connected to the foot pedal by means of a threaded rod and turnbuckles. Includes photographs. COMMENTS: For information contact: Peter Axelson, 5858 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, California 95060 SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tin

Inexpensive Bath Seat For Handicapped Children.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bath sling enables parents to provide support and stability while bathing a handicapped child. A bath frame constructed of ABS pipe is covered with terry cloth, netting material, fiberglass screen or swimsuit material to form a sling. Detailed instructions are provided for several methods of constructing the bath sling. Includes diagrams. COMMENTS: May also be used in backyard swimming pools, or at the beach. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Simp

Inexpensive Cable Housing For Artificial Arm.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Replacement for the standard cable housing for upper extremity prosthesis which fray easily and leave black marks on clothing where lubricant seeps out. A piece of 3/16 inch high pressure nylon tubing is substituted for the conventional wire sound cable housing. A standard light duty wire cable is inserted in the cable housing and Teflon lubricant is inserted at the upper end of the plastic tubing. Cable movement and gravity will cause the lubricant to

Infant's Mobile.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mobile which can be hung to amuse a child and encourage the child to reach. Suggests building a mobile using stiff wire such as a metal coathanger, strong twine and small, eyecatching objects which should be changed frequently to prevent boredom. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 88-89. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods

Infrared Pen

The Infrared Pen is designed to offer a firm base while grasping a pen for individuals who have difficulty with motor control and gradation of strength as a result of intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury or cerebral palsy.  It offers a firm base where you can personalize your "Pen" to fit all your needs.

Ios Zoom Stylus

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow individuals with arthritis, limited fine motor skills or loss of dexterity use a stylus to activate the zoom feature on an iPad. Typically, users use a three finger double tap to activate and adjust the size of the screen to suit their needs. Individuals with limited hand use may have difficulty tapping the screen making it difficult to access the zoom feature to enlarge the screen. MATERIALS USED: Three standard size styluses, one mini

Is Putting On Socks A Problem?.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sock aid designed for a person who could not reach her feet and had use of one hand only. Instructions for a simple sock aid made with a round cardboard carton ( i.e. oatmeal) cut in half lengthwise and with both ends off, tapered on one end and with a length of string tied to the other end to make a loop to pull. The sock is slipped on the tapered end and the aid is dropped on the floor where the foot can be slipped in, and the string pulled. Includes

Jar Holder Lends A Hand.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a screw- top container firmly in place so it can be opened with one hand. Bottle holder can be made of 1 inch thick wood. The base is about 6 inches wide, and long enough to slightly overlap the end of the kitchen counter, with crosspiece reinforcements on each end. This has a beveled slot ending in an inverted V into which slides a tongue with a W shaped end and a convex outer portion which the user leans against to provide leverage. In

Jar Opener.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Jar opening device to help open bottle lids for a person whose ability to grip objects is limited. Describes device made of a piece of 1 inch wood about 6 inches square with an arch-shaped section cut out. This indentation is lined with 1 inch wide textured rubber (i.e. innner tube rubber slashed to give traction), or and old hacksaw blade and emery paper on either side of the indentation. Device is mounted on a shelf. COMMENTS: Suggests, as an alterna

Joined Fork And Spoon.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: By joining a fork and spoon at their handles, the utensil has the extra length needed by those with limited range of motion or muscle strength. A standard fork and iced tea spoon are joined by drilling a hole in the handle ends and bolting them together. COMMENTS: Submitted by Institute for Crippled and Disabled, New York, New York. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TITLE: Self-Help De

Junior Wall Bars.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Ladder-like wall bars for exercise. Exerciser made with two boards, 1 by 6 by 36 inches, drilled with 5 holes each, through which wooden dowels (1 inch diameter by 18 inches) are fastened. This is attached to a wall with metal brackets. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 90-91. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUM

Kentucky Porta Braille & Kentucky Pocket Braille

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Communication device for blind and deaf-blind individuals. Porta Braille is an interactive Braille computer terminal with a 20 cell refreshable Braille display, Braillewriter Keyboard and up to 256K of memory. Pocket Braille is a less expensive note taking and writing system and can be used as a paperless Braille writer. Contents of its memory can be transmitted to a host computer and edited there. The instruction manual contains complete information f

Keyboard Guard.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Keyboard guard to assist persons with limited finger control. A removable grid is constructed from 1/16 inch diameter brass rod with soldered joints. It can be made for calculators, typewriters or push button phones. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Ken Hagman, Opportunities, Inc., 925 Jefferson Street, Fort Atkinson, WI, 414-563- 6691. TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education and Employment of Handi

Kitchen Gate

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable an individual with mobility disabilities and the use of one arm to prevent a child from entering a kitchen. The unit comprises a frame made of pine, grooved out to provide a slot for a sliding plywood gate to slide through. The slotted gate replaced a clip closure that may have posed a pinching or trapping hazard to children The side of the unit that attaches to the wall was fixed to the skirting board so it could be removed when no longer needed and the ho

Knitting Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to hold a knitting needle so a person can knit with one hand. Device made of wood fastened together in an L shape with a circular disk, drilled with radii along one side to permit using several sizes of needles. The disk is attached to the upright with a wing nut which can be tightened to hold the needle. The device fastens to a table with a clamp. COMMENTS: Designed and built by John Hill. Further details available from: Technical Aid for the Disa

Knitting Aids.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a knitting needle so someone with the use of one hand only can knit; the needle is held in place by the nonfunctioning hand resting on the table. Illustrates a knitting aid made of a wedge cut from a 2 inch in diameter piece of wood, 2 1/2 inches long, with a piece of webbing tacked onto one side as a belt loop, and a hole drilled into the end to hold a needle. The block is held at the waist on a belt, and the needle is positioned on the

Knitting Device For Bilateral Upper Extremity Amputee.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to maintain tension on the yarn for knitting, designed for a bilateral below elbow amputee who knits using prostheses. Device made with two pieces of tin 2 by 2 1/2 inches glued to two pieces of leather the same size, held together with 2 wing nuts and bolts threaded through 3/8 inch pieces of spring. This is welded to a 9 inch 1/4 inch diameter copper pipe, which is held on a table with a 3 inch C clamp. The bolts can be adjusted according to t

Knob Turner

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To make stove knobs easier and safer to operate for individuals with neurological disabilities or arthritis. A slot is cut in a piece of 1.25-inch round molding, enabling it to fit over the protrusion of the knob. A 0.25-inch round, 1.5-inch long dowel rod is attached, then fitted with a 0.5-inch dowel to make a T-shaped handle. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/Quest/q113diy.html. REF: Vol.

Knob Turner.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Intended to facilitate turning knobs when range or strength is limited. Illustrates two knob turners to be made according to the type of knob. One is a dowel with a U shaped piece of metal fastened into one end. The other is two dowels fastened together to make a T shaped handle, fastened to a larger in diameter dowel with a wide cut in the bottom end to grip knobs with a raised horizontal finger grip. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence

Knuckle Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons with flaccid fingers. Pick is supported by a 1 inch wide band of orthoplast that wraps around the index and little fingers, with the pick falling between the third and fourth fingers perpendicular to the band. The pick extends into the palm allowing the strings to be strummed with shoulder, arm or wrist movement. Can be used with cock-up wrist splints. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: C

Ladder Back Chair (Peto Type Chair).

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Ladder back chairs on skis for sitting on, climbing hands up to get standing or to walk behind. Lists materials needed and provides instructions and drawings for construction of a ladder backed chair built on skis, or runners, for stability. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with a Child who has a Physical Disability REF: Melbourne, Australia: Health Commission of Victoria: p 19-20 NARIC CAL

Lap Blackboard.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lapboard for use on lap or table provides writing surface with extra arm support. A half-circle cutout is made in a 12 inch by 18 inch plywood tray. All sharp edges and corners are rounded. Both sides of the tray are finished with two coats of blackboard paint. Includes diagram. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 102. Also available from Prentice-Ha

Lapboard.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lapboard for wheelchair to make it easier to carry items. Instructions are provided on how to properly measure a lapboard for use with a wheelchair. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Occupational Therapy Service. TITLE: REF: Resource Sheet: Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York. .

Lapboard.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides an attached table surface for a person in a wheelchair, can be used for activities or for arm support. Diagrams and suggested materials for trays; suggested variations include raised edging to keep articles from slipping off board, holes cut in board to stabilize dishes or other items. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Fahland, B. TITLE: Wheelchair Selection: More Than Choosing a Chair With Wheels. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Institute, Minneap

Large Area Flap Switch To Control Battery-Operated Toys.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple to operate switch to modify a battery operated toy so it can be used by a disabled child. Describes a large area push switch as a modification of the on- off switch for a toy. It consists of two pieces of plywood hinged together on one side with a simple contact switch or microswitch between them, and a strip of self-adhesive open cell foam tape keeping the top board from touching the bottom, thus activating the switch, unless it is pressed down

Large In-Line Switch

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities to oprate a lamp. A small stained and varnished wooden box was built to contain two electrical boxes. One electrical box is for a large rocker switch and the other box is for a regular 120- volt receptacle. It is connected to a three-wire supply cable complete with plug, recycled from an old refrigerator. The wiring is arranged so that the rocker switch controls the power to the receptacle. The wooden box

Lawn Compass

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide outdoor directional training for individuals who are blind or who have low vision. The device consists of two square frames, one placed horizontally through the center of the other, causing the two top boards to form an "x." The squares are attached at the top and the bottom with large diameter carriage bolts and wing nuts, which enables the unit to fold for portability. The vertical pieces are made of 2 x 4s and the horizontal pieces are made of 1 x 4s. Trian

Learning Ladders

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To aid children with cognitive, vision, and other disabilities in setting independent living skills goals and tracking accomplishments. Designed to be made by the student and displayed in the classroom throughout the school year, the device is made of two vertical strips of posterboard with "rungs" made of strips of colored paper between them. When students master new skills, they can print or braille a sentence about their skill on a strip and staple the new "rung"

Leather Tooling Press.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to a bench arbor press to allow a skilled leather craftsman to perform operation with one hand and one foot. Leather tooling press modification consisting of an extension of the throat of the press to admit a standard size punch, and a foot pedal linked to the handle of the press with a fine chain. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: For further information contact: E D Smart, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, 423 Seventh Avenue SW, Suite 2, Hick

Leg Bag Holder

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide individuals with neurological disabilities greater freedom in meeting toileting needs when away from home. This device is a faux leather bag attached to a wheelchair, which houses a sealed holding tank. A Bard bed urinary bag, which holds twice the amount of a large leg bag, was used. The sealed holding tank connects to the individual via tubing and a catheter, which is changed daily. The pouch is suspended from the underside of the wheelchair seat (m

Leg Extenders.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple method to raise the height of furniture. Wooden blocks are made leaving the top 1/3 of their height hollow for the chair or table legs. Should be made to match the width of the furniture legs. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Simple woodworking. AUTHOR: Hale, G. TITLE: Source Book for the Disabled. REF: Book: New York; Paddington Press: p 90. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0185 1979.

Leg Rest Extension.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wedge shaped leg rest extension for an armchair. Leg rest to fit against an armchair. Made of plywood in a wedge shape so the high end (including foam padding) is even with, and as wide as the seat of the chair, and slants down at desired angle. Lists materials needed, including plywood, foam padding and cloth to cover; and provides instructions and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Upholstering. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Eld

Lever Door Handle

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a means for individuals with arthritis, spinal cord injury, or upper extremity disabilities to open doors. Included in a chapter entitled "Housekeeping & Getting Around," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for creating a lever door handle. A pipe hanger bracket is attached horizontally to a doorknob with a radiator hose clamp. Prongs and sharp edges are covered with plastic tape. Plastic tape can also be used to cover th

Lever System For Six Button Office Telephone

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow a person with limited hand function to use a six button office telephone. Describes device made of 1/4 inch acrylic; it provides a 5 1/2 inch lever that slides along a rod above the buttons, and allows the buttons to be pushed with much less strength than pushing them directly. A headset is used to eliminate the need for the handset. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: Shop drawing available from: Northwest University Rehabilitation Engineer

Liftable Hanging Planters

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Liftable Hanging planters allow those who are wheelchair bound, have short stature or other mobility disabilities grow and maintain a garden that accommodates their needs. A series of pulleys, wooden plyboard and plastic planters come together to create the liftable planters. COMMENTS: The pulley system allows the planters to be easily accessed and then retracted for display. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic woodworking. AUTHOR: "J_Boi" via Instructables.com. TI

Liftup, The

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- Overhead lift with powered control system, can be built for under $400. Padded upper body seatless sling is placed around user's back and under arms. Ceiling mounted motor raises user, and lowers. Plans include list and sources for parts required, and directions for installation and use.

Light Switch Extender

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited grasp to toggle wall light switches on and off. Drill a small hole through the end of each of the toggle switch. Fix a split ring, available at bead stores or fishing supply stores, through each hole, then coil one end of a 20-inch length of fencing wire around the ring with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Next, drill a small hole in one side and out the other of a wine bottle cork and thread the wire through the hole. Then, ag

Light Switch Extension Handle

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a means for individuals with arthritis, spinal cord injury, or upper extremity or mobility disabilities to turn light wall switches on and off. Included in a chapter titled "Housekeeping & Getting Around," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for creating a simple extension for light switches. A small hole is drilled in the end of the light switch and a corresponding hole is drilled in the end of an acrylic rod or wooden

Lighted Peg Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: When this toy is used in a slightly darkened room, the three holes are lit. When a clear plastic peg is placed in one of the holes, the end appears to light up. The pegs are large and easy to hold and they slide easily into the holes. Pegboard is made of small sturdy box about 6 inches long and 4 inches wide and tall, small scrap of plexiglass sheet cut 2 inches longer than box, 12 inches of plexiglass dowel, three 1 inch sections of plastic tubing, pl

Lightweight Face Mask.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: High impact lightweight face protection mask intended to protect the faces of epileptic and cerebral palsy patients during seizures. Mask is made of fiberglass resin which is mixed with white pigment. Resin is vacuum molded and cured for 6 to 8 hours at room temperature. Excess material is trimmed with saw. Eye and mouth openings are cut out and then sanded. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. TITLE: Lightweight Face Mask JOURNAL: NASA Tech Briefs REF: Summer 1

Lip Halter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to lift the lower lip to reduce drooling. A piece of elastic is run through a piece of plastic tubing. Hold both elastic halves to simulate a chin cup, with the plastic tubing just under the lower lip. Cross the elastic straps at the corners of the mouth. Mark the areas and sew the crossed straps together to form a lip strap and a chin strap. Place the halter on the patient and mark the top of the ears. Stitch elastic together where marked to form

Liquid Soap Caddy

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To provide a stable holder for liquid soap pump bottles used by people with upper extremity, grasping, or fine motor disabilities, arthritis, or use of one hand. This artzicle, part of a chapter entitled "Bathroom & Washing Up," provides illustrated step-by-step instructions with a detailed materials list for making a simple holder to enable the user to dispense liquid soap from a pump-style container without holding or grasping the bottle. MATERIALS: 1 x 3 inch

Locking Modification Of The Shift And Other Keys.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification to a computer keyboard to allow keys that normally must be hit simultaneously to be hit in sequence, permitting persons who type with a headstick or single finger to use the computer. Describes modification for an Apple IIe and most Apple II Plus computer keyboards to allow any key to mechanically latch like a caps-lock key. Lists tools needed and provides general instructions and procedures to follow. Includes diagrams. COMMENTS: For furt

Long Handled Comb.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled comb for persons with limitation of shoulder or elbow flexion or strength. Holder made of a 24 inch length of hollow aluminum tubing bent into a right angle 4 to 5 inches from the top; a rat-tailed comb is inserted into the short leg of the handle. The other end of the holder can be padded for ease or comfort of use. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown:

Long Handled Holder (Sandwich Or Washcloth).

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled washcloth, sandwich or other item holder for persons unable to raise hands to face due to stiffness or weakness. Describes a holder made of aluminum with plastic end pieces and a steel spring to provide grip. Lists materials needed. Provides diagrams and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p 64-66 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3360 PAGES (including cover): 4 1958.

Long Handled Sponge.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bath sponge on a long handle for a person with limited reach. Handled sponge made of a strip of 1/2 by 1/8 inch aluminum of whatever length is needed, two pieces of 3/8 by 1 by 4 inch wood for a handle, and a sponge (2 by 3 by 5 inches). The wood is grooved to fit the strip, and glued on; the sponge is cut in half and glued together over the other end of the strip, which can be bent to suit individual needs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTH

Long Handled Toe Washer And Dryer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow independent washing of the feet to a person with limited reach or range of motion. Describes how to make a foot washer using a rubber or plastic bowl scraper or facsimile, lengthened with a strip of aluminum ( or facsimile) with a handle made of pieces of 3/8 by 1 by 4 inch wood; and a terry cloth bag with a drawstring that fits over the scraper. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap

Long Handled Trouser Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to pull up trousers for someone who cannot reach the feet. Illustrates device made of an aluminum rod or wooden dowel attached to a 10 inch metal bar in a T shape; clothespins are attached to each end of the bar. The clothespins are clipped to the trousers which can then be positioned and pulled on. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independen

Long Shoehorn

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To produce a long-handled shoe horn designed for use by individuals who have disabilities which prevent bending or stretching to put on shoes. Cut a piece of 4-inch-diameter PVC pipe in half lengthwise with a bandsaw to provide a lightweight curve for any length of a shoehorn. After heating the pipe, attach a hook on one end for reaching or dragging. MATERIALS: Length of 4-inch diameter PVC pipe. TOOLS: Bandsaw. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. JOURNAL: Que

Long-Leg Cast Lifter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Strap attached to a long-leg cast to allow the patient to easily maneuver the cast. Strap made of 1 inch cotton webbing as long as the cast plus enough for a loop, fastened with small rivets, around the foot and another at the top to fit in the patient's hand. Four inch strips of a fastener such as Velcro are attached to the bottom of the foot and the top front of the cast with 5 inch strips of plaster; and to appropriate places on the loops of the str

Low Lapboard.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides a work surface at a convenient height for food preparation. Can also be used to carry items from one place to another. Directions, diagram and materials for simple wooden tray that fits over the skirt guards of a wheelchair armrest. Edging along the front of the board prevents items from rolling off. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Fahland, B. TITLE: Wheelchair Selection: More Than Choosing a Chair With Wheels. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Ins

Magnetic Splint For Object Retrieval.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Magnet attached to a universal cuff to enable a person with some arm movement but no grasp to retrieve objects (with bits of metal fastened to them) such as pencils, toothbrush, eating utensils or typing stick. A horseshoe magnet with 2 pound pull is encased in thermoplastic material and riveted to a wrist support fastened to a universal cuff. The pencil or utensil is then slipped into the holder of the universal cuff on the other hand. Provides instru

Magnetic Writing Board

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to stabilize writing material for a person with use of one hand only. Briefly describes steel and wood writing surface with magnetized strips to hold papers in place and a raised lip to hold pencils. Originally designed for use by hemiplegic workshop employee. COMMENTS: For more information contact: United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, 122 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10020. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Greco, M TITLE: Problem Solv

Make It Yourself Holder

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY PURPOSE: Increase grasp on writing implement. Suggests wrapping a pen or pencil with tape or twisting rubber bands around the writing implement; inserting the writing device into a practice golf ball, foam curler, foam tubing or a piece of childs modeling clay in order to increase the circumference. an elastic holder can be made by shaping a 1 1/2 inch wide strip of elastic around the thumb, then pinning the elastic; next pin elastic around a pen or pencil, then around the

Make Your Own Lumbar Support Pillow-No Sew

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide lower back support while sitting. MATERIALS USED: A standard sized pillowcase, 2 elastic headbands – you can find these in the hair accessories section of most stores. The elastic ones will work best for this project. You will probably want both to be the same color, A bath towel you don’t need anymore, Masking tape, Ribbon- any medium/wide ribbon will do, preferably something strong and that the adhesive of the Velcro will stick to well

Make-N-Take Adapted Puzzle

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adding knobs to puzzle pieces provides an easy grip allowing the child to play with the puzzle independently.

Make-N-Take Key Holder

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: People with impaired hand function achieve a better grip and more force when using this key holder.

Making A Wheelchair Worktable.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Accessible height table with body cutout for wheelchair users. Wooden table with legs high enough to clear a wheelchair. Body cutout to allow person to get closer to work. Backboard and sideboard help prevent things from falling off the back of the table. Instructions includes dimensions and how to secure the legs. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED:Simple woodworking. TITLE: Home Improvement and Repair: Special Purpose Rooms REF: Book: Time Life Books

Math Pegboard for Number Regrouping

Math Pegboard for Number Regrouping is designed to assist children with or without cognitive or learning disabilities better understand the concept of regrouping numbers during mathematical problems.  It is a wooden pegboard consisting of three or four 3 inch high pegs aligned in one horizontal row.  Each peg represents a number column, i.e. “ones”, “tens”, “hundreds” and perhaps “thousands”.  Cardboard counters (color-coded according to the numbers column in which they belong) are placed over t

Maxi Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Large pick for persons who do not have supination or who have weak grasp. Large pick made of 1/ 4 to 1/2 inch thick hard felt. Cork is added to the wide end of the pick, or an elastic strap can be riveted to edges for extra traction. Easy to hold with gross lateral grasp or palmar pinch. Can be used by persons with uncontrolled movements such as athetoid, and it allows the vibrations to be felt by the whole hand. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewi

Mealtime Smock

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities or tremors, arthritis, or grasping, eating, swallowing, or fine motor disabilities to eat without soiling clothing. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article provides a pattern, detailed instructions, and illustrations for making a washable apron from an inexpensive vinyl tablecloth (more than one apron can usually be made from a single tablecloth). This alternative to a bib covers t

Measuring Cone For Thumb Abduction/extension.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cone marked to measure the amount of thumb abduction/extension and grasp (as before and after surgery on a burned hand). Measuring cone made from a standard Dixie yarn cone ##1, painted white, measured off in centimeters and varnished. Includes photographs and instructions for use. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Schwanholt, C; Stern, P J TITLE: Measuring Cone for Thumb Abduction/Extension JOURNAL: American Journal of Occupational Therapy REF: Vol 3

Measuring Device For Woodworking.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Measuring device for a blind person to measure drywall, shelving or paneling. Slide measuring device made from 1/4 inch by 3 inch paneling. The longer board has a 1/ 4 inch groove in the center several inches long. The shorter board has a 1/4 inch groove running nearly its entire length. By loosening the wing nuts the ruler can be adjusted. tightening the wing nuts maintains the measurement until the board is scored for cutting. Includes picture, but i

Mechanized Drinking Aid

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids in the inability to drink independently. A retracting arm, tubing, adhesive and a tennis ball make up the drinking aid which fits onto a wheelchair. COMMENTS: This mechanized drinking aid is designed for someone who has severely limited hand/upper extremity use (such as those with muscular dystrophy or ALS) and couldn't normally drink independently.

Memory Foam Flip Flops

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Helps cushion painful feet that need additional support. Ear plugs are adhered to large sandals to make the foam flip flops. COMMENTS: Memory foam flip flops are an affordable option for someone looking for padded footwear.

Men's Slacks And Trousers Modification.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification to men's trousers to make them comfortable for wheelchair users. Suggests removing the waistband from a standard pair of trousers and sewing it on lower in front and with an insert in back to fit a seated figure. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Hamilton, L TITLE: Why Didn:t Somebody Tell Me About These Things? REF: Pleasant Hill, Missouri: Lou Hamilton p 54-55 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0680 PAGES ( including cover): 3 1984.

Method For Adding A Seat Strap To A High Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Strap added to a commercial high chair for greater child safety. Describes a child high chair safety belt made with strapping, a leash snap and a D ring. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Waggoner, N R; Reedy, G R TITLE: Child Care Equipment for Physically Handicapped Mothers REF: Storrs, Connecticut: University of Connecticut School of Home Economics: p 21 NARIC CALL NUMBER: 00458 PAGES (including cover): 2 1959.

Micro-Switch

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to operate switch-connected devices. To make this switch, use diagonal wire cutters cut the prongs and some of the rim from the lid of the Bubble Tape gum box to prevent it from closing completely. With a soldering iron burn a small hole in the rear side of the container. Run the stripped ends of the phono plug wire through the hole into the gum box. Hot glue the Styrofoam to the inside center of the bot

Milk Jug Ball Catcher

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: 1. Allow individuals with limited bilateral hand coordination to participate in ball catching activity.

Milk Jug Holder

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The Milk Jug Crayon/Marker Holder is a clever way to modify writing utensils for individuals who have fine motor and grasping difficulties hold and use a crayon/marker. It can also be used to hold drum sticks, scarves or ribbons (for play during music class), glue sticks, or paint brushes. MATERIALS USED: Plastic milk jug (1/2 gallon for crayons, 1 gallon for markers), 1” piece Hook (hard) sticky back Velcro, 1” piece Loop (soft) sticky back Velcro

Mini Cane

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable an individual with blindness or low vision to explore areas at the head or chest level without using bare hands. A lecturer's telescoping pointer can be used as a mini cane to locate sinks or soap dispensers in unfamiliar restrooms; to search a work table or other large surface; locate items too hot, too dirty, or too high to use only hands; or to search for head-high obstacles. Most pointers of this type include a pocket clip and collapse sufficiently to be ca

Mini Grabber-Tongs

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide people with reaching or grasping disabilities with a tool to grab small things within small spaces such as removing toast from a toaster, grabbing olives in a jar, removing a letter from an envelope, or picking up a rubber band. Glue the tip of a tongue depressor to one of the flat surfaces of a 1-inch section of a 0.75-inch diameter dowel. Glue a second tongue depressor to the opposite side of the dowel. MATERIALS: 1-inch section of a 0.75-inch dowel

Mini Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder for supporting horn or other wind instruments. An L shaped metal post extends up from an 8 inch square wooden base. A small rubber ball is attached to the short end of the L, parallel to the base. The ball is used to prevent instruments from falling off. The holder acts more as a rest to support the instrument than actually holding it in place. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. Woodworking. AUTHOR:Clark, C. and Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted In

Minnesota Ramp Project

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The Minnesota Ramp Project is designed to provide consumers with disabilities with the tools necessary to maintain their independence by having a wooden modular ramp or long tread, low rise stairs constructed for their homes using volunteer labor under the supervision of a professional. The project has produced a complete manual entitled "How to Build Ramps for Home Access" which discusses the various requirements and considerations for constructing mo

Mirror Tile On Wedge.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mirror tile on a wedge can help promote eye contact for children who are intellectually disadvantaged. Instructions for building a plywood or chipboard wedge with a mirror tile attached. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with a Child Who has a Physical Disability REF: Melbourne, Australia: Health Commission of Victoria: p 17-18 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3598 PAGES (including cov

Mitten With Side Zipper Closing.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mitten with zipper opening to make them easier to put on and properly place the fingers for someone with limited finger and wrist mobility, such as a child with clenched fists. Instructions for putting a zipper in the side of a mitten. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 237 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (includin

Mixing Bowl Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a mixing bowl in place. Bowl steadier made of a square of 3/4 inch wood with a hole the size of the bowl lined with rubber, and legs made of small blocks of wood with rubber glued on the bottom to prevent slipping. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 9 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1182 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980.

Mobile Cart

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable an individual with low vision and cerebral palsy to independently carry a lunch tray in a school lunch room. The cart was constructed of PVC pipe and featured a top shelf with a rim for carrying the tray. The cart was equipped with small rubber wheels for mobility and a push bar. Plastic cabinet handles were added to the front and sides of the top shelf to enable the user to lift the cart over bumps and door sills. A second shelf below the tray shelf accommoda

Mobile Prone Board With Adjustable Angle.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prone board on casters which can be adjusted so the child can lie at various angles. Prone board made with 2 pieces of plywood 12 by 30 inches, 4 casters, 2 hinges and an angle adjustment block - softwood, approximately 2 by 4 by 12 inches. Includes instructions and a drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 124. Also available from Prentice-Hall

Mobility Grab Bag

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide a means of continuing orientation and mobility training when weather is inclement. This game has students who are not rote route travelers use their auditory, olfactory, and tactile senses to identify various areas to which they travel. It also improves spatial orientation by requiring students to evaluate route options and determine which is the most efficient means of reaching the objective. On index cards, write the names of destinations familiar to partic

Mobility Jeopardy

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide a means of continuing orientation and mobility training when weather is inclement. Similar to the television show "Jeopardy," this game uses a board with four to six categories in various versions to match the mobility skills of the students. For example, a student using a powered wheelchair may have a board with the following categories: Right-of-Way, Which Way Now?, Ask a Question, and Plan a Route. Each category consists of six questions that relate to the

Mobility Module.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mobility module counteracting the tonic labyrinth reflex in a cerebral palsied child. Increases independent mobility after short training sessions. Modified toy tractor with a foot propelled camshaft drive mechanism in module base. High back seating unit made of plywood measuring 12 inches by 24 inches by 3/4 inches is fastened to base. Foam rubber cushions and lightweight aluminum tubing were also used. Bib style harness was used to secure child into

Modification For Mouthstick Computing

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Miniature seesaw with ball bearing weight meant to hold down the shift key of a computer keyboard which lacks a caps lock key. Allows a quadriplegic using a mouthstick to type in upper and lower case without depressing two keys at once. Describes a miniature seesaw made of two tongue depressors, wooden matches, a nail, and a marble or ball bearing as a weight. The seesaw is placed so that when one end is tapped the weight rolls down and depresses the shift key.

Modification Of A Hand Splint To Permit Playing Of The Guitar

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hand splint modification allows patient with injured finger to continue playing the guitar. Use of standard stack splint to treat distal interphalangeal joint of finger interfered with patient's ability to play the guitar. Trimming end allows use of finger tip on guitar strings and provides sensory feedback. Photographs included. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Lawton, M B; Asato, V TITLE: Modification of a Hand Splint to Permit Playing of the Guita

Modification Of Electric Can Opener.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation of a commercially available electronic can opener to allow a person with limited use of one hand only to open cans of various sizes. The modification requires a large base plate for rigid mounting, modification of the spring for the cutter wheel, counterbalanced extended operating handle, protection of the switch from undue pressure, supporting fixture for each size can, and support of the plastic opener body. Includes photograph. Instructio

Modification to Bertus52x11's Left Handed dSLR Holder

Modification to Bertus52x11's Left Handed dSLR Holder is designed for use by individuals who have use of their left arm only as a result of a fracture, amputation, or stroke. The original idea was to add a thumb hook to the tripod connecter underneath, allowing the camera to be held steady with just the left hand. Before you read further, please go and check out his original slideshow. All credit for this idea belongs to bertus52x11.

Modifications To Jordy

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable an individual with low vision to use a Jordy at a more comfortable angle. The Jordy is a wearable magnification device from Enhanced Vision (see entry). The system includes a camera mounted near the forehead, which required the user to bend his/her neck or hold reading material in front of his/her face.To allow for a more comfortable reading angle, a lens was removed from a pair of prism glasses and mounted in a hole cut in a small sheet of aluminum. A wire tie

Modified Air Chisel.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Workplace modification which provides the function of hammering to an individual with limited upper extremity function. Modification of commercially available compressor and air chisel. Air chisel is suspended above work station by a commercially available balancer. Trigger valve of the chisel is removed, and an electric solenoid valve is attached to the output of the compressor. The solenoid valve is operated by a foot-actuated ribbon switch. Then it

Modified Coat.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modified coat for person sitting in wheelchair. Coats can be modified by having the back cut out up to the arms. The amount of the sides of the coat cut away varies by the amount of cloth needed to tuck in at the sides. All cut seams are then refinished. Can be done with coats, jackets, rain slickers. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Settle, Ruth TITLE: Clothing Alterations (Letters to the Editor) REF: Journal article: Exceptional Parent, October 1988,

Modified Crutch For The Upper Extremity Amputee With Lower Extremity Involvement.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device was designed so that an upper extremity amputee with lower extremity involvement could become independent in transfers and ambulation both on level surfaces and stairs. Describes materials used to modify crutches, including two 12 inch by 20 inch Orthoplast sheets, heat gun or hairdryer, 4 inch stockinette, aluminum crutches, scissors and brush. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Ganz, S B; Kramer, H E TITLE: Modified Crutch for the Upper Extrem

Modified Drafting/drawing Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification allows a short person to use standard drawing or drafting tables. Can also be used from a scooter or seated position. Picture and drawing of an adapted drafting table. Construction details not included but diagram is clear, project plans available from developer. COMMENTS: Plans available from: Char McNamara, 1724 Wyoming Street, Dayton, Ohio 45410. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Metalworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools

Modified Foot Pedal.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification reduces the amount of travel needed to activate a foot pedal. A microswitch activated electric solenoid is attached to the chair operated by foot pedal, so it pulls on the chair in the same way as the pedal. Used to control the foot pedals on several machines in a garment manufacturing factory. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electrical. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Em

Modified Jogging Stroller

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To adapt a standard jogging stroller to accommodate a growing child with cerebral palsy. An existing stroller was modified by installing a new higher seat cushion higher in the existing fabric seat. The cushion was fabricated, taped, and sewn using a piece of nylon plate for rigidity on the bottom with foam and canvas to cover. This seat assembly was supported by canvas Velcroed to the sides of the existing seat. This allows the seat to be adjusted. A brick coun

Modified Prosthetic Foot For Pilots

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification of a SACH prosthetic foot to allow a pilot with a lower limb amputation to operate the rudder pedal of an airplane without the foot hitting the brake pedal. Describes and pictures a modification to the SACH foot ( intended to be used with the "Hydra-Cadence" above-knee prosthesis) which allows the forefoot to be easily removed for flying and reattached for walking. Foot designed and built by the Navy Prosthetic Research Laboratory, Naval R

Modified Shower Chair

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To support the head of a boy with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy whose neck muscles are too weak to support his head in a shower chair. A "standard" shower chair was modified by adding a head support made from plastic pipe and lawn chair webbing. The pipe was fitted into an elongated inverted U shape (approximately 6 inches wide and height as needed) and bolted to the back of the shower seat. A piece of lawn chair webbing was looped across the sides of the invert

Modified Walker For Blind Patients

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to assist blind walker users in orienting themselves without removing their hands from the walker. A screen spring 16 1/4 inches long and 1/2 inch diameter is taped to each side of the walker with about 10 inches extending out perpendicular to the walker handgrips. As user walks the very tip of the springs drags lightly along a wall and the person receives auditory and vibratory cues as to the location of walls and doorways. Includes photograph. SK

Modified Walker.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Standard walker conversion to a rolling platform walker which allows forearm weight bearing to assist with ambulation. To convert a standard walker to a rolling platform walker, affix a 22 by 8 by 1/2 inch plywood board across the walker handgrips with strapping and metal screws. the board provides a stable platform on which to pull up to standing and perform forearm weight bearing for ambulation. Place soft padding over the plywood to prevent splinter

Modified Work Chair For Parts Fabricator

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with neurological, mobility or balance disabilities to work at a parts fabrication workbench that could not be modified. For individuals with balance and neurological disabilities, standing or sitting on high stools to perform production work is often not an option. To create this adaptation, a commercially available industrial work chair was purchased off-the-shelf and modified. The chair had sufficient height adjustment , but to adjust the hei

Modifying A Clothes Closet.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modifying a closet to make it accessible for someone in a wheelchair. Move the closet rod to about 3 1/2 feet above the floor, and install a shelf at 48 inches and no more than 16 inches deep. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Simply woodworking. TITLE: Home Improvement and Repair: Home Security REF: Book: Time Life Books, Alexandria, VA, p 130-131. PAGES (including cover):1 1979.

Molded Built-Up Handles

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with grasping disabilities to hold and use a variety of utensils and tools. Sculpey is a soft, pliable polymer clay that works and feels like ceramic clay, but does not dry out when exposed to air. Users can shape it into any form and then bake it in a standard home oven or a toaster oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit (130 degrees Celcius) for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the piece. Available in forty colors, once it cools, it can

Monitor Stand

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injury or severe physical disabilities to work on a computer in a reclined position. The monitor must be placed above the user with the face angled downward. To accomplish this, a commercially available monitor support arm was modified. The monitor mounting plate was removed and replaced with a plywood plate attached to the pivoting sub-base with a pair of hinges. Threaded rod, rod couplings, and steel flat stock were used to fa

Monkey's Uncle Reading Game

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision or blindness in learning to read Braille. A version of "Old Maid," the cards, created on index cards, have animals' names written on them in Braille and print. One card has a fuzzy-textured red or other brigh color circle on it and is the "Monkey's Uncle." All of the cards are dealt face down among at least three players. Players remove and set aside any pairs in their hands. The player to the left of the dealer draws a c

Moon

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Developmental toy intended to lead to discussion of the moon and its different shapes. Plywood base 2 1/2 inches square with 1/4 inch diameter by 4 inch dowel making a pillar in the center of it; and five moon shapes, from full to new, cut from 2 inch circles of plywood, with holes so they can be stacked on the pillar. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, Eng

Morse Code Typing Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Morse code entry provides a faster method of typing for some persons with disabilities. Morse code to driver code converter utilizes three switches, which can be any type of switch an individual can operate. Two switches are used for dots and dashes and one switch is an end of character switch. Closure of the switches causes the clock generator to generate a standard clock pulse. audio feedback is provides by a tone generator. Speed can be adjusted. SK

Mounting Ramp Plans

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plans to enable persons with basic carpentry skills to build a ramp to enable individuals with mobility disabilities to mount a horse. The plans include a materials list and step-by-step instructions for building a stationary mounting ramp.

Mouse for people with hand disabilities

The Infrared Pen is designed to offer a firm base while grasping a pen for individuals who have difficulty with motor control and gradation of strength as a result of intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury or cerebral palsy. It offers a firm base where you can personalize your "Pen" to fit all your needs.

Mouse House

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for individuals with upper extremity and fine motor disabilities activate and maneuver a computer mouse. MATERIALS USED: 1 small but chubby notebook or photo album (The photo albums with rings designed to hold a single 4"x6" picture on each page works well), Two soft sponges, Double-sided carpet tape, Stick of hot glue, Stick Tack or other putty that is used to hold pictures on a wall, 8" fuzzy adhesive-backed Velcro, 1" ho

Mouthstick Holder

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with multiple sclerosis to have the mouth piece of the mouthstick near her mouth for ready access. The holder had to be adjustable, yet not impede access into or out of the user's wheelchair. A swivel joint from a "third hand" (two alligator clips and a magnifying lens mounted on a swivel base for use in soldering and the like) was welded to a thin-walled piece of pipe that matched the outside diameter of wheelchair rail. The thin-walled

Mouthstick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Special purpose mouthstick for manipulating and lifting small object. A hollow aluminum arrow shaft is mounted in a mouthpiece of dental acrylic. The mouthpiece can be shaped to the individuals mouth contour much as an athletic mouthpiece is custom formed. a the other end of the shaft is a small suction cup. SKILLS REQUIRED: Dentist. AUTHOR: Wichita REC TITLE: Problem Solving With Rehabilitation Engineering: REC Tech Brief, Spring. REF:Book: Cerebral P

Mouthstick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows an individual with no hand use to move objects, turn pages, use a paint brush, etc. 16 variations of mouthstick adaptations are described with a sketch of each. Plastic rod with rubber eye-dropper tip; custom plastic teeth impressioned mouth grip on aluminum 1/4 inch OD tube; stainless steel clips to hold implements; small rubber heel with slit to hold implements; tapered wood dowel with pencil eraser tip; dowel with mouth grip and erase on tip;

Movie Ticket Taker

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with use of one hand to take tickets at a movie theater. An individual with cerebral palsy and mental retardation had use of only one hand and was unable to take and tear tickets at a movie theater where he was employed. The solution was to use a high torque rotary cutter which cuts the ticket when inserted into a custom designed box that sits on a tray in the user's lap. This is the same technology used in many parking lots, when a ticket is cu

My Favorite Book

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To help children who have difficulty attending, to participate in reading books by staying on task with the help of a personalized adapted book. Materials Needed: Digital camera, computer, printer, three-ring binder, three-hole punch, page protectors

My Place At The Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The outline of the utensils and dishes used during meals are drawn on a plain placemat to teach individual their proper placement at the table. Cut out a placemat from a plain piece of plastic cloth. Place eating utensils, cups and plates on the mat in their proper position and trace their outline on the mat using a waterproof felt tip pen. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 38-

Nail Clipper

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To adapt and stabilize nail clippers for use by individuals with upper extremity, fine motor, or grasping disabilities or arthritis. This article, part of a chapter entitled "Bathroom & Washing Up" describes how to adapt standard metal nail clippers by fastening them to a board for stability and using the empty barrel of a stick pen to create a handle extension. The article includes step-by-step instructions and illustrations. MATERIALS: Standard nail clipper, 1

Nail Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Deice to hold nails when hammering. A narrow strip of corrugated cardboard is used to hold nails by pushing the nails through the wavy pockets in the cardboard. As each nail is used peel away or rip off the sections of cardboard. Can also be used to hold screws. Includes drawing. TITLE: The Finger Saver. REF: Article: Home Mechanix, June 1989: p 83. PAGES (including cover): 1 1989.

Name Recognition And Writing Activity

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with cognitive, learning, severe physical, or neurological disabilities with letter and name recognition and fine motor development. Large paper keybpards are created. Students locate and touch the beginning letters of their names and practice writing their names. MATERIALS: Paper. TOOLS: Pen or marker. SKILLS REQUIRED: Drawing and lettering. AUTHOR: Robinson, B. TITLE: Assistive Technology Ideas that Work. WEB SITE: cenmi.org/mits/downloads/

Name Writing Mitt

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with grasping or fine motor disabilities to print his/her name or participate in a sponge painting activity. Attach foam or rubber letters to a Duramitt glove. These gloves are marketed by Playtex, Inc., and come in two styles. One type of Duramitt has a sponge covering on the palm portion of the mitt, and the other style has the tough scrubbing nylon covering on the palm portion. With either mitt it is possible to attach pieces of Velc

Neck Holder.

-- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------ PURPOSE: Neck holder for supporting horn or other wind instruments. The neck holder is made from a standard harmonica brace (available commercially). A horn-to-holder adapter is made of wood, hard felt, pressboard, or molded plastic. A hole is cut in the middle which fits snugly on the horn just behind the mouthpiece. The holder is angled correctly using screw adjustments at the base of the brace. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. Woodworking. AUTHOR: Clark, C. and Chad

Neegards.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Knee pads for use in kneeling when gardening. Sew foam padding to the inside of pants legs, or attach with velcro. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401: p 13. PAGES (including cover):1 1984.

Nerf Ball Switch

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To enable a student to operate a battery-operated toy or battery-operated appliance using a single switch. Some student prefer the textured surface of the Nerf ball, and it requires only gross movements of the arm or hand to activate it.

Newspaper Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hold an open newspaper in reading position. Suggests that a large cardboard box trimmed to fit in front of the individual, whether sitting or lying down, will hold an open newspaper in reading position with the help of a few thumb tacks; adds that tacks with plastic heads are easier to handle. SKILLS REQUIRED: Cutting. AUTHOR: Hamilton, L. TITLE: Why Didn't Somebody Tell Me About These Things? REF:Book: Author, 217 North Jeffreys St, Pleasant Hills, MO

Nickle/mercury Head Control Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mercury switch activates device when it is held upright and turns it off when tilted sideways or down. Can be used to encourage a child to hold head up in order to activate a tape recorder, toy, or light. Switch is contructed of glass mercury switch, small plastic pill bottle with snap lid, earphone with subminiature size plug, 2 small pieces of cardboard, tape, glue, and rosin core solder. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: Homem

Night Call Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch suspended over the bed within easy reach to enable a severely disabled person to summon assistance. Extension of a call switch made with a plastic towel holder and cord. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: For information contact: Dr Elmer Hoyer, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas Rehabilitation Engineering Center, 2021 North Old Manor, Wichita, Kansas 67208. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. Assembly. AUTHOR: Call, G; Hoyer, E TITLE: Problem Solv

Nine Volt Toy Adapter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapter for use with toys or other devices requiring a 9 volt battery. Adapter is constructed using two volt battery snaps and a subminiature jack. To use adapter, snap battery into one pair of snaps and attach the other side into the toy. Turn the on/off switch on the toy to the on position. Plug any switch into the jack. Switch should activate the toy. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: More Homemade Battery Devices for Severely

No More Dry Markers

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for children who have difficulty with fine motor and upper extremity coordination participate in drawing activities by using a weighted marker holder to select and recap markers.

No More Mess!

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To create a weighted bowl designed to stay in place to prevent spilling and overturning for children with upper extremity, motor coordination disabilities such as cerebral palsy and brachial plexus injuries during meal times. MATERIALS USED: Bowl with raised bottom, several pennies, glue or tape, large plastic container top, such as one used on a platter of food purchased in a grocery store PREPPARATION: 1. Turn the bowl upside down and place the pen

Noise Reduction Pad For Braille Writer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To reduce the noise generated by operating a Braille writer. Cut two rectangular pieces of fabric to match the dimensions of the bottom of the Braille writer. Lay one piece over the other, aligning the matching sides. Sew three of the sides together, similar to a pillowcase. Insert one layer of batting into the resulting pocket and flatten until smooth. Stitch closed the remaining side, and place the pad under the braille writer. Fusible web can be used in place

Non Slip Surface For Tub Or Shower.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Apply textured grip surfaces to tub or shower to make it less slippery. Textured grip strips are available pre-cut or in rolls. Cut to the length needed and round the corners to prevent curling. To get good adhesion wash the surface thoroughly and clean any old strips off with a putty knife and solvent such as lacquer cleaner. lay out the pattern in a radius or in parallel rows. Press with a wallpaper seam roller to get good adhesion. includes drawings

Non-Skid Device For Crutches.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device prevents crutch user from slipping on wet or icy surfaces. Made of retractable, carbide- tipped point which is attached to a stainless steel sleeve. This device is designed for the Canadian cane but can be modified to fit other types of canes and crutches. Sleeve is attached to crutch with screws. COMMENTS: White glue placed on the screw threads prevent screws from loosening. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. TITLE: Non-skid Device for Crutches JOU

Non-Slip Bread Board

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with use of only one arm to butter bread. Five stainless steel rivets are inserted with the heads up into a standard wooden bread board. A non-slip pad is fixed to each corner on the underside of the board. DIMENSIONS: The rifvets are 5/16-inch long. TITLE: The Non-slip Bread Board. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/breadboard.htm. REF: The originator, Gary Miller, can be contacted at miller@glen-ne

Non-Slip Dish

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities or tremors, spinal cord injury, or use of one hand to dine independently. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for making a non-slip dish from a standard bowl. Apply a small amount of silicone bathroom tub and tile sealant around the bottom of a bowl and smooth with a moistened finger. Set the bowl, right-side up, on a piece of pl

Non-Slip Keyboard Mat

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with upper extremity disabilities to use a computer keyboard. For an individual with upper extremity disabilities, the force applied during typing may cause the keyboard to move about and slide around the desk. This makes it difficult to hit the keys and entering information takes longer than necessary. Cut a piece of rubberized, mesh-style shelf liner slightly larger than the keyboard, lay it on the desk top, and put the keyboard on the mater

Non-Slip Remote Cover

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows individuals to hold a remote without it slipping from their grasp. A kitchen sponge is adapted by carving an oval space to cradle the shape of the remote. Once the remote is placed in the contoured space, it's secured with a small square of shelf lining and three rubber bands to hold the device in place and prevent from slipping. COMMENTS: The Non-Slip Remote Cover is designed for those with grasping issues and low motor skills. SKILLS REQUIRED:

Non-Slip Weight To Secure Drafting Materials.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Non-slip weight to hold angles, templates and other tools for a drafter with use of one arm only. Weight made of 2 pieces of 3 inch angle iron welded together to make a square, with a piece of foam rubber glued to the bottom. COMMENTS: Developed by the Work Preparation Center, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Downey, California. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Educ

Non-Slip Writing Board

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities to position papers and write independently. To make this board, cut a 9 x 12 inch rectangle from the fiberboard or plastic, wood, plexiglass, or any non-bendable flat smooth surface material. Glue the rubberized shelf paper or rubber feet to one side of board, creating a non slip surface for the underside of the board. Attach a sturdy bag clip by gluing to the top side of board. VARIATIONS: Use a fiberb

Nonslip Surface For Tables And Counters

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide a nonslip surface to keep items in place on a table or counter. With scissors, cut sheets of rubberized material in strips or to cover a work area on a table or counter. Attache the material to the table/counter using glue. MATERIALS: sheet of rubber or similar material; glue. TOOLS: Scissors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Cutting. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mdausa.org/publications/Quest/q111diy.cfm. REF: Vol. 11, No

Noodle Protection

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children with neurological impairments such as Myoclonus safely participate in grocery shopping by sitting independently in the shopping cart with the help of foam pool noodles.

Noughts And Crosses.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Game to help in simple problem solving and hand-eye coordination. A version of Tic-Tac-Toe. Plywood board 12 inches square marked into 9 squares with 3/8 inch diameter by 1 inch dowels glued in the center of each square; and 12 wood pieces, 2 by 2 inches, half cut into circles (noughts, or "O"s) and half into squares or cross shapes (crosses, or "X"s) with holes drilled through them so they can be placed over the dowels. Pieces can be painted bright co

Number Bus.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Dice game to help children develop concepts of numbers. Describes construction of a game which includes a wood "bus", twenty peg "men" and four dice. The bus is basically a box 9 by 7 by 3 1/2 inches deep; the bottom is made two boards deep with 20 holes (7/8 inch) drilled in the top one as "seats." Twenty pieces of 3/4 inch dowel cut 3 inches long, half painted one color, half another, serve as "men". The dice are 1 1/4 inch cubes with dots ranging fr

Numbered Tiles.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wood tiles with numbers and signs to encourage children to do simple arithmetic. Hardboard tiles 6 inches square with numbers 1-9 and signs for add, subtract, multiply and divide painted on them. As the child gets better at arithmetic more tiles can be added. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 122-123. Also available from Prentice-

Numbered Top.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Ten sided top with numbers; can be played by several people with the numbers added for scores. Plywood disk 6 inches in diameter marked into ten equal wedges and cut to make a ten sided figure with the segments numbered 1 to 10. A dowel, 3/8 inch by 5 inches, is glued into a hole drilled through the middle of the disk. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, Eng

O Ring Installation Tool.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tool facilitates the installation of rubber O-ring seals externally on a shaft. Simple clear diagram depicts proportions to use when shaping a wooden dowel into tool. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employment of Handicapped People. REF: Book: Vocational Studies Dept., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI: pp 70-71. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R2479

Object Calendar

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create an object calendar or symbol shelf that can be used in developing and expanding communication with children with intellectual and/or communication disabilities. First, determine what activities the child enjoys, or if using the object calendar for steps of an activity such as grooming, determine the steps within the specific activity. Second, plan a sequence including several of these activities or steps. Third, select obvious objects or parts of obj

Object Display Switch

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals who cannot successfully comprehend and/or use augmentative displays for communication to communicate. With the use of this switch display, a user receives auditory reinforcement, while alerting another person to the attempt to communicate. The adaptation is an object display box with a switch under its cover. The box mounts to a wall with industrial Velcro. The device is then connected to a Switch Module. The Switch Module is a self-cont

Objects In Container Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch which will turn on a tape player, battery toy or light when the child drops something into a container. Switch made from a metal cookie or candy tin a 3/4 inch copper U-bracket, 4 3/8 inch, 6-32 bolts with nuts, corregated cardboard and foam rubber. Provides instructions, diagrams and photograph. Suggests uses. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. Soldering. Assembly. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: More Homemade Battery Devices for Severely Handicapped C

One Handed Rolling Pin.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows use of rolling pin with one hand. Do it yourself alternative to commercially available product. Constructed from regular rolling pin by removing handles and attaching a doweled handle. Also suggests inserting a paint roller handle into a large dowel; the dowel would then act as the rolling pin surface, or using a pizza roller as a one handed rolling pin. Photographs, graphics. SKILLS REQUIRED:Woodworking. AUTHOR: Strebel, M. TITLE: Adaptations a

One Leg Therapy Stool

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The stool helps those who struggle with fidgeting, such as individuals with Autism, ADD, ADHD or other cognitive disorders. Old crutches and scrap wood are utilized to create an adjustable seat that helps one practice self-regulation. COMMENTS: The One Leg Therapy Stool allows those with cognitive or fidgeting impairments practice self-regulation.

One-Hand Box Folding Fixture.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fixture to enable a person with only one hand to fold boxes at a rate comparable to that of a worker with two hands. Describes and illustrates a frame to hold pre- creased material in place and act as a guide for folding the material into a box, using one hand. Includes diagrams. COMMENTS: For more information contact The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Rehabilitation Engineering Center, 2021 North Old Manor, Wichita, Kansas 67208. Resear

One-Handed Cutting Board

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with use of only one hand to cut and chop during food preparation. This illustrated article, included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for making this simple device. DIMENSIONS: 10 x 14 x 0.75 inches. MATERIALS: Small cutting board with straight edges or a piece of maple or other hardwood in similar dimensions; two stainless steel nails, two stainless steel screws wit

One-Handed Mop And Bucket.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to a squeeze mop and a bucket to enable someone to mop using one hand. Describes modification to a sponge mop with a perforated metal plate for squeezing water from it. The plate is removed and fitted with clamps to hold it over a square-shaped bucket. The mop can then be dipped in the bucket and squeezed against the plate using one hand only. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: American Heart Association TITLE: Do i

One-Step Communication Device

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with communication disanilities in participating in classromm activities. Talking picture frames were purchased at a local retailer and fitted with pictures appropriate to the activity. The frame is portable and large enough to store a set of pictures. MATERIALS: Recordable talking picture frames and corresponding pictures to fit the frame. AUTHOR: Chambers, M. TITLE: Assistive Technology Ideas that Work. WEB SITE: cenmi.org/mits/downloads/at

One-Touch Dialing Cell Phone

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself one-touch dialing cell phone to be used by service dogs for individuals with disabilities. First step is to load a mobile phone number into the phone, set the ringer to silent, turn off one-touch answering, and turn on one-touch dialing or speed dial. Set the users mobile phone number into all the one-touch or speed dial so that any one of the number pads can be connected to the modified peg/cloths pin. Next open the cell ph

Outdoor Slippers For Disabled Feet

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows forefeet amputees walk outside or indoors without the use of orthotics. A combination of plaster, a pair of gymnastics shoes, Velcro and foam make up the outdoor pantoffels. COMMENTS: The Outdoor Pantoffel for disabled feet allow those who normally rely on enclosed orthotics, let their feet breathe with a more open shoe.

Outside Emergency Call System.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Portable emergency call system which can be used within a defined geographic area. Commercially available garage door opener is used. Signals are received at several locations in the neighborhood, and used to determine general location of signaller. Two inch square actuation pads added on the sending units make it possible for the unit to be actuated with gross movement. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipmen

Oven Mitt.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Oven mitt with the thumb in a natural position for the hand. Draw mitt pattern to scale from using the pattern drawing as a guide. Use heavy fabric for outer layer and terry cloth for padding inner layer. Stitch together and bind edges with bias tape. Includes picture and drawing of pattern. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A. TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped. REF: Book: University of Alberta Press, Alberta: p 240. 1978.

Oven Scoop.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Scoop to alleviate the need to reach into the oven. Scoop made with a 1 inch diameter aluminum tube flattened at one end and riveted to an 8 by 10 inch piece of sheet metal. A crutch tip can be put on the other end of the tube. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 7 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1182 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980.

Over The Bed Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Over the bed table which can be used for hobbies or building small items. Wood table with edges on three sides. Provides a list of the pieces of wood needed and includes a diagram of how the table is put together. Exact size depends on the height of the bed and the person seated in it in a working position, and the width of the bed. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: London, England: Souveni

Paddle Grips.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Improves ability to hold canoe paddle with limited hand function. Custom made handgrips can be fabricated by adding velcro to the palm of a glove and the shaft of the paddle. Graphic of glove and paddle placement included. Other suggestions include using unfeathered blades for an amputee; an extra long unfeathered paddle tucked under the armpits to allow the person's trunk movement to assist in paddling. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: British Sports

Paddle Handle Adaptations.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Canoe paddle adaptations for holding paddle with weak hands and for determining the position of blade under water. A thin strip of wood or plastic is taped to the side shaft of the paddle to mark the edge of the blade, when the blade is under water it is possible to determine the angle. Fingerless gloves have velcro sewn to the palm areas, which adhere to velcro attached to the handle of the canoe paddle. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. S

Page Restrainer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Devices to clamp on either side of an open book to hold it open. Describes construction of a page holder made of a paper clamp, wire from a coathanger, a 1/4 inch nut and bolt, and a rubber band. Includes drawings and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 21-23 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1126 PAGES (including cover): 4 1981.

Page Turner.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device enables individual to turn pages of a book unassisted. Paper clips are attached to each page of book and a piece of thread is slipped through each paper clip. The thread is wound around spool placed at the side of book. A rod is fastened to the spool. To use page turner, individual turns or swats at rod which will wind up thread and turn page. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Ins

Page Turner.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple device that allows pages to be separated and turned by a person with limited reach or manual dexterity. Page turner made with a piece of wire coathanger with a cork on each end. On one end the cork is rounded on top and a rubber thimble is pulled onto it, and a thumb tack is pushed part way into the side of the cork just below the thimble. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living

Page Turning Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to turn the pages of a book for someone with limited hand function. Illustrates a page turner made with a spring type (flexible) doorstop with a rubber tip screwed onto the end of a length of dowel or broom handle for varying sized pages. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 5 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1182 PAGES ( including cover): 2 1980.

Painting Glove

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable children with vision disabilities coupled with other disabilities to join in painting activities. This device consists of sponge paint brushes attached to a child’s stretchy glove. The handles are removed from one or more sponge paintbrushes and the openings where the handles had been are expanded to accommodate one or two fingers of the glove. Place a small amount of low-temperature glue in the hole in the sponge. With a hand in the glove, place the

Palm Glove.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Glove adapted for holding instruments. A standard bowling glove without fingers is adapted with a velcro closing and padding in the palm area. A casing of leather or suede is glued or sewn across the palm into which the handle of beaters or other hand-held instruments is placed. A strip of velcro in the palm can be used for lightweight devices. Can be used for persons with no palmer grasp. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR:Clark C. and Chadwick, D. TITLE

Palm Strap Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons who need to use external rotation of the arm. An elongated pick is glued or riveted to a palm strap which is secured to the ventral side of the hand with a velcro strap. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St louis; Magnamusic-Baton: p 28. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0272. 1980.

Palmar T Bar Splint

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Customized T Bar for joystick control. A standard T bar joystick control is difficult for some people to use because their hand keeps slipping off the bar. Thermoplastic splinting materials can be used to mold a support which is attached to the top of the commercially purchased T bar. A palmar arch can be molded in and an ulnar piece for lateral support. It can be attached at an angle if required for better control. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: T

Pant Assist

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a man who needs to use one hand to maintain a standing position to keep his trousers up when dressing. Obtain a set of pant braces that (a) have clips for attaching to the top of the pants, and (b) have two separate straps attached at the back by a plastic crossover clip. Separate the two straps and throw away the plastic crossover clip. The straps can be used as two separate aids (for example, one for the bedroom and one for the bathroom). When dressi

Panties Or Undershorts With Side Opening.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Underwear that open on one side facilitates dressing with leg braces or some prostheses. Cut through the side front of a pair of panties of undershorts, don't cut open the seam. Stitch a 2 3/4 inch long extension of double fabric to the side seam. Stitch a strip of velcro on top of the seam. turn front edge under and stitch with velcro on the wrong side of the fabric. Includes pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A. TITLE: Clothing D

Pants With Back Flap.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pants have a separate flap in the back to make dressing in a wheelchair easier and to help with toileting. Cut the seat from the pants beginning 1 1/2 inches from the side seam and cutting in a U-shape to 4 inches above the crotch or 18 inches below the waist. Using similar fabric and the cutout portion of the garment as a pattern cut the seat flap so it is wide enough to reach the side seam on each side. construct the back flap the same as the back of

Paper Folder

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities to fold any size paper up to legal size in half or in thirds. The device has a plywood base that clamps to the work surface. The far and right-hand edges of the base are bevelled and the top and left-hand edges have a stop. Two adjustable aluminum arms, based on the concept of the T square on a drafting board, can be moved along the front edge and screwed into the required position. To use, the user slides a she

Parallel Bars

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a low-cost alternative for commercially-available parallel bars. In preparation for constructing these parallel bars, have a hardware store cut lengths of galvanized water pipe and have them threaded for a T and floor flange: four 12-inch sections; two 54-inch sections; and four 36-inch sections. To connect the pieces, start at the top and work down to avoid trouble with connecting all the pieces. Attach a T section to each end of the 54-inch pipe.

Parallel Bars.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rustic aids are simple aids meant for outdoor use. Simple parallel bars for ambulation training or exercise. Instructions for building parallel bars. Drive four stakes into the ground and tie two bars at the required height. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child. REF: Book: Englewoods Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc: p 137. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1798 1982.

Paraplegic Drafting Table Modifications.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to foot control of powered drafting table. Clamp-on pin is attached to foot lever arm. The removable handle is kept under the table top. By placing the handle on the clamp-on pin, the individual can raise and lower the drafting table using one-handed lever operation. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking, Assembly. AUTHOR: David law, Jr., Woodrow Wilson Rehab. Center, Rehab. Engineering Dept., Fishersville, VA 22939, 703-885-97

Party Ring Mouse

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities keep their fingers properly positioned on a computer mouse while pointing, clicking and maneuvering the mouse.

Peanut Cushion.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bolster cushion with narrowed center section for use by persons with limited head control; keeps the neck slightly flexed and prevents the head from falling to the side. Describes two ways of constructing a peanut cushion: making a fabric cover and filling it with crushed foam or polystyrene balls; or wrapping tape around the center part of a bar of foam and covering as desired. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J

Pediatric Adjustable Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Table which can be folded against the wall and can be adjusted in height from 18 1/2 to 32 1/2 inches so it can be used by children and adults. Describes hinged table which moves up and down a track on a backboard on the wall. The table can be adjusted by one person. Includes a drawing and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Rousseau, Y TITLE: Pediatric Adjustable Table JOURNAL: Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy REF: Vol 51 no 3,

Pediatric Bucket Seat

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The Pediatric Bucket Seat is a quick and simple floor seating solution for young children with balance, mobility or neurological disabilities who need a little extra support. For safety reasons, this seat should ONLY be used on the floor.

Pen And Pencil Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold pens and pencils in such a way that fingers can be slipped under them to pick them up, for persons with poor pinch, grasp, or hand function. Pictures a holder made of a strip of foam packaging material with grooves cut to hold pens and pencils; this is held in place with double-stick tape or other friction material. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Mallik, K; Shaver, E M TITLE: Jobs and Self-Sufficiency REF: Washington DC: George Washi

Pen Grip

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with ALS to hold a pen. The Pen grip provided extra strength between thumb and forefinger to enable the user to hold the pen in place and write. The grip is made from a quarter-inch strip of splint plastic that becomes pliable when heated in near boiling water (available at medical supply stores). Each grip needs to be custom shaped (with trial and error) according to the user's gripping style and strength. Each arm of the grip comes arou

Pen Or Pencil Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple pen or pencil holder for persons unable to grasp pen or pencil. Use 1/2 elastic and cut a length to fit around the thumb and index finger or the thumb and middle finger. Sew the elastic into a loop and three slots for the two fingers and pen. Includes picture and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: TITLE: Do it Yourself Again, Self-help Devices for the Stroke Patient. REF: Book: American Heart Association; p 20. 1969.

Pen Or Pencil Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple pen or pencil holder for persons unable to grasp pen or pencil. Cut two thin strips of aluminum. Bend one strip to form a clip to hold a pen or pencil and bend the other strip to clip over thumb. Loosely rivet the strips at the center. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: TITLE: Do it Yourself Again, Self-help Devices for the Stroke Patient. REF: Book: American Heart Association; p 20. 1969.

Pencil Grip Trainer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with fine motor or upper extremity disabilities in learning the proper grasp of a pencil for writing tasks. The child uses the ring finger and little finger to hold a small amount of rolled up tissue or putty in the palm of the hand while doing a writing task, promoting the appropriate grasp without verbal reminders. MATERIALS: Putty or tissue and pencil. AUTHOR: Turner, G. TITLE: Assistive Technology Ideas that Work. WEB SITE: cenmi.org/mits

Pencil Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Improve ability to hold pencil for persons with no ability to grasp pen or pencil. Sketch of a pencil with elastic pencil holder attached. Holder is a strip of elastic with a small loop sewn at each end to hold pencil. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Bureau of Handicapped Children, Dir of Pupil Personnel Services TITLE: Teaching Aids for Children with Cerebral Palsy. REF: Book: State Univ of New York, Albany, NY; p 18 1956.

Penholder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pen or pencil holder for quadriplegic with use of arms but not hands. Penholder made of a piece of aluminum bent like a bracelet or nail brush to fit around the palm with a piece of tubing on one side to hold the writing implement. The aluminum should be wrapped with tape; the pen is held in place with a rubber band. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for

Penny Pincher Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Penny pincher touch switch enables a child to activate a toy or light by pinching two pennies between thumb and forefinger, and is useful in developing pincher grasp and pointing skills. Child activates battery operated toy or other device by pinching two copper pennies; when pressure is released, the switch turns off. The switch is made by soldering a subminiature plug to two strips of 5 inch conductor wire, and soldering a copper penny to the other e

Periodic Table

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision in using the Periodic Table of the Elements for classwork. To avoid laborious searching for atomic weights and numbers and symbols when the chart was presented in a traditional format, an alternate version was produced in an Excel spreadsheet. The elements were typed into the workbook in order of atomic number, with columns provided for atomic weights and symbols. An electronic copy was also provided to the instructor for

Personal Tv Listening System

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals who are hard of hearing to hear television programs without disturbing others. Included in a chapter entitled “Living Room & Leisure Activities,” this article provides detailed instructions with illustrations for creating a simple listening system. Purchase a small black-and-white television with a headphone jack. Place the television near the preferred viewing seat, darken or cover the screen, and plug in the headphones. If cable is in

Phonation Level Sensor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sensor to indicate visually voice loudness level to a deaf student. Describes audio amplifier and dual comparator system to monitor the level of a deaf student's voice. Red and green lights indicate when the voice is within or above the desired, predetermined level, to enable the student to maintain a normal sounding voice. Does not include instructions for building this device. COMMENTS: For information contact: Roy H Norris, Cerebral Palsy Research F

Phone Holster

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair to transport and keep within reach a cordless telephone. A holder was fashioned from plastic siding and shaped with a heat gun. The holder has side wings and a bottom support to hold the phone. A pine mounting block was shaped to receive the holster on one side and the tubular wheelchair frame on the other. Two screws fix the holder clip to the pine. Thin pine pieces are laminated on the edge of the block to prevent

Piano Pedal Device

Piano Pedal Device is designed for individuals who have difficulty using their feet to press down on the pedals as a result of decreased strength, coordination and sensory sensation. A possible solution to this issue is for the pianist to operate the pedal with the movement of his/her leg. If the pianist can push their leg outward with enough strength to be able to push the pedal down, then a simple lever device can be utilized. The device works by the pianist pushing outward on one end of the l

Pick Glove.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons without pincer grasp, recommended for persons who have had strokes, or severe hand burns, or persons with less than normal muscle tone. Glove has a pick attached to the end of each finger. a velcro wrist strap adjusts sizing and an open thumb area allows easier donning. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book:

Pick Strap.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick on wrist strap for persons with no ability to grasp with fingers. Standard pick is mounted in a conical mound of plastic putty or orthoplast. The plastic is mounted onto a 1 inch elastic wrist strap with velcro or epoxy. Can also be placed on foot. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St louis; Magnamusic-Bato

Picture And Word Cards.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Picture cards to teach object recognition. Card stock with pictures from magazines of common objects glued on, lightly varnished to help them last longer. The name of the object could be printed as well. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 114-115. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3463 PAGES

Picture Frame Restoration Workstation

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injury or severe physical disabilities to restore picture frames without bending or lifting. The custom-designed workstation consists of a worktable that includes a separate revolving grid that provides an indexed tilting mechanism and 350-degree rotation. This provides the user full appropriate positioning of the frame without the need to bend over the table or lift. The table accommodates a standing worker and a height-adjust

Picture Puzzle Cubes.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cubes with parts of pictures on them intended to be put together as puzzles, to help a child learn to extract information from pictures. Puzzles range from two pieces to six or more. Instructions for making puzzle cubes using 1 1/2 inch balluster, with partial pictures and plain colors on them. There is also a frame for the blocks to fit in. Discusses using the blocks to teach parts making a whole, top and bottom, left and right. Includes photographs a

Pill Dispenser

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited fine motor ability to take pills independently. Made of machined Lexan plastic, this device can be customized to meet the needs of the individual with as many pill dispensing stations as required. The unit consists of a base with a layer of non-slip material bonded to the bottom, a rotating pill-despensing section, and a top. A very fine washer is used between the base and the rotating pill holder layer to allow it to move ea

Pillow Case Jig

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY---- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with use of only one hand to put a pillow in a pillow case. This device consists of a three-foot tall cylinder made of 1/16-inch thick ABS plastic (approximately one-third of a sheet). The pillow case is turned inside out and places over the cylinder. The pillow is then pushed into the cylinder, forcing the pillow case to turn right-side-out over the pillow. SKILLS REQUIRED: Fabrication. TITLE: Pillow Case Jig for Therapy Center Worker. WE

Pivoting Vise.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device that clamps to a chair leg and can hold a small desk, easel, embroidery frame or other object to be worked on. Intended as an aid for people with limited or no use of one arm. Instructions for constructing a pivoting vise or clamp to hold objects to be worked on. The device is made of 1 1/2 inch diameter plastic water pipe, plywood, clamp bars, various screws, nuts and bolts and a clamp. Provides patterns, drawings, diagrams and a photograph. Al

Plastic Airline Headphone Bagger

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Device to hold open a plastic bag originally designed so airline headphones can be packaged using one hand. Device made of plastic bent to make a shallow trough; the plastic bag is pulled over one end of it and the headphones are pushed along the trough into the bag. The device has a non-skid base. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Mallik, K; Shaver, E M TITLE: Jobs and Self-Sufficiency REF: Washington, DC: George Washington University Job

Plastic Bottle Ring Toss

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To help children use their hand and eye coordination. They will use fine motor skills while grasping the rings. They will use gross motor skills to throw the rings onto the bottle.

Plastic Food Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plexiglass holder assists those unable to eat food such as sandwiches and toast normally held in the hands. Holder is constructed of 3 pieces of plastic. Handle is a strip 1 inch wide by 1/8 inch thick by desired length. Main holder is made from two half circles (one slightly larger) of plastic. The larger is riveted to the handle, the other is attached using a rubber band inserted through 1/8 inch holes. An attachment for foods such as hard boiled egg

Plastic Notebook Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Very flat switch that can be activated by light pressure on most of its surface. Can be used to activate toy or cassette player. Instructions for building a switch using an inexpensive plastic notebook, 2 large foil cookie sheets, 1 subminiature size plug and 4 feet of 2 conductor 22 gauge stranded wire, plus tapes and soldering. Includes drawings and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. Assembly. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: More Homemade Battery

Play Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tray to protect table top or floor while child plays. Plywood tray 12 by 24 inches with 2 inch edging around 3 sides, and strips cut from a cork tile glued on the underside. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 158-159. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3463 PAGES (including cover): 2 1983.

Playing Card Holder

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with arthritis or grasping disabilities to play cards. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article provides detailed instructions with illustrations for making a set of four playing card holders. The base is formed of 1 x 2 inch lumber and two pieces of molding are glued to the top with a slot in between to hold the cards. MATERIALS: Four foot long piece of 1 x 2 inch lumber, an eight foot long piece

Playing Cards For The Blind

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows those who are blind participate in playing various card games. Two decks of cards are used to modify one set--a hole punch is utilized to provide card variations and the extra set of cards covers the punched holes. COMMENTS: By using varying punched holes, the blind user can play the game without giving away their hand of cards.

Pneumatic Arm

Pneumatic Arm is designed for use by individuals with limited use of their upper extremities as a result of a stroke or upper extremity amputation.

Pneumatic Attachment Plus Control Valve Relocation.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to an engraving machine to allow a person with no use of one arm and partial use of the other to operate it. A commercially available pneumatic air attachment was fitted to an engraving machine with the control valve close to the stylus control knob so the worker could operate the stylus and the cutter control lever with one hand. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: Developed by the Work Preparation Center, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, 7601 East I

Pneumatic Roller Seat

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide independent mobility and exercise away from a wheelchair for a child with muscular dystrophy. A low, backless stool with a padded seat can be adjusted to the proper height to enable the child to propel the stool with his/her feet. The caster wheels should move easily over hardwood or carpet and the seat should swivel 360 degrees. MATERIALS: Low wheeled stool. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. REF: Volume 12, Number 1, January/February 2005. WE

Pocket Apron Pattern.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Suitable for those with use of only one hand, this apron is easy to put on and take off and includes pockets to carry household suppplies. Apron is sewn from fabric cut one yard square. Two 8 inch folds are made on the right side to form pockets. Each side is hemmed and a 1 inch casing sewn across the top of the apron. Apron clip is inserted into the casing. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Bowar, M T TITLE: Clothing for the Handicap

Pointing Training Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Board with touch switches which turn on a light, music or toy, used to train a child to point to a picture as a prerequisite to using a language board. Device takes 2 pieces of masonite or hardboard about 18 by 8 by 1/4 inches, 2 sheets of aluminum about 17 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, 4 feet of two conductor, 22 gauge, stranded wire, 1 subminiature size plug, double sided carpet tape, masking tape and foam mounting tape or strips of foam insulation. Provides

Poly Bagging Device

DO-IT-YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Device can be used by person with use of only one hand to package greeting cards and other items. Briefly describes a wood and lucite frame in which cards and envelopes can be stacked, held in position and then pushed into plastic bags using a finger slot. Includes illustration. COMMENTS: For further information contact: United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Inc., 122 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Greco, M TITLE: P

Poncho.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Poncho as an alternative for heavy and bulky coat for someone in a wheelchair. Requires 2 1/4 yards of fabric 45 inches wide, a 20 inch zipper and two buttons. Can be made with light weight rain repellant fabric or warmer fabrics for winter. Back can be shortened for persons sitting in wheelchair to ease donning and reduce the bulk of the fabric. Pockets can be added to front at a convenient position for ease of use. A drawing of a pattern is included.

Pool Lift

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a person who uses a wheelchair to use an in-ground pool. When the pool under construction, a three-inch pipe was installed in the concrete deck. A bracket was fabricated to attach an engine puller to the pipe. Straps from a transfer lift support the user as the engine puller lifts him/her from the wheelchair, positions the user over the pool, and lowers him/her into the water. MATERIALS: Pipe, bracket, engine puller, and lift straps. TOOLS: Shop tools.

Pool Noodle Card Holder

This Pool Noodle Card Holder is a holder made out of a pool noodle for playing cards designed for people with upper extremity disabilities to be able to hold a set of playing cards. By: The Brown Bag Teacher http://thebrownbagteacher.blogspot.com/2015/06/teacher-hack-pool-noodle-card-holders.html

Pool Noodle Color Words

Pool Noodle Color Words is designed for use with children with cognitive and intellectual disabilities as well as children working on improving their visual perceptual skill development.

Pool Playtime

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist children use adapted tools to support interactive pool play.

Pop Top Can Opener For Zip Top Cans.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to pry the top off of flip top cans for persons with little finger strength or dexterity. Illustrates construction of a ring top opener using a U bolt with one leg cut off and the other bent, with the end flattened, to which a small metal pin is welded about 1/2 inch from the end. This is fastened to a file handle; a notch is put in the bolt to steady it on the rim of the can. The tip of the bolt is slipped under the ring and a downward motion l

Portable Abduction Boards.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Abduction board to keep a child's legs from crossing while sitting on the floor. An A shaped abduction board made of plywood with sides 4 by 16 inches and a crosspiece 4 by 4 inches. The sides are drilled at one end and about 1/ 3 of the distance from the other end; the crosspiece drilled at both ends. The sides and crosspiece are then laced together. A strap to go around the child's waist to keep the board from slipping away can be added. SKILLS REQUI

Portable Back Rest.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lightweight back rest with a waterproof sitting area. Backrest made with 2 pieces of plywood 12 by 16 inches drilled at the top and strung together with strong twine, 2 pieces of twine on the bottom end of the boards so they open to the proper angle, and a piece of plastic coated cloth glued to the bottom of one of the boards for the child to sit on. COMMENTS: Suggests working with a therapist to determine proper angle and any necessary harness. SKILLS

Portable Braille Computer Terminal Or Braille Word Processor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Single handed braille keyboard and two-dimensional display in a portable unit which allows users to type and proofread at the same time. Describes prototype device and how it is used. COMMENTS: Device designed by Peter Wung, Summer Design Inc., 73 North Street, Suite 15, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201. Not in production (4/2/87). Received the 1985 Industrial Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Design Society of America. AUTHOR: Wung, P TITLE:

Portable Half Step.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Portable half step provides extra support and reduces effort required to climb stairs. A broom handle-like stick is attached to the outer side of a small rectangular wooden block. To use the climbing aid, the user places his right foot on the half-step, transfers his weight onto the right foot and then places his left foot on the next step. Using the handle, the user then lifts the half-step to the second step and repeats the process. To descend the st

Portable Loo.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Child size commode with high sides and backrest for support. Instructions for building a child size wooden box type of commode chair. Provides list of materials and good drawings showing all dimensions. High sides provide lateral support and a dowel across the front protection from falling forward. Includes photograph and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D. TITLE: Easy To Make Aids For Your Handicapped Child. REF: Book: Englewood

Portable Outdoor Stander

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself standing device to be used outdoors by an individual with mobility disabilities who is able to stand, once assisted to the standing position and desired to choose various outdoor locations around the property to stand. The portable outdoor stander frame is welded 3/16 inch angle iron and tapered from bottom to top for stability. The stand is made rigid with 3/8 inch ply. Two offset wheels allow the unit to be tipped and eas

Portable Overhead Bar

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a portable, lightweight device enabling a person with limited upper body strength to change position in bed. The device was built from the strong but lightweight expandable tubing used in clothes closets. Quick release pins allow a vertical range from 3 to 4 feet and width range from 3 to 5 feet. The foldable legs are made of Lexan plastic. A canvas strap is pulled tight across the underside of the bed to make the whole unit stable. For travel, every

Portable Step Up Box.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Box which reduces the depth of a deep step. Small wooden box which is big enough for both feet to stand on, and light enough to be easily carried. Variations include a shoulder strap or short tape measure to provide a means of picking up the box as a flight of steps are climbed, and a rod to help steady the user during use. Graphics, including showing use in getting on a bus. To use device, place one foot on half step, the other foot on next step, left

Portable Table

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself portable table for use with an individual with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy who can no longer lift his arms to feed himself. A small table which folds flat was made from a 1/8 inch masonite. Three panels are all of the same width with one slightly longer than the other two. This creates a top for the table with the two other panels being used to fold out as “leg panels”. Small hinges and screws were obtained from a local

Positioning Aid

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist a four-year-old child with muscular dystrophy with floor sitting. The child is unable to sit independently, so a large plastic laundry basket is used as a positioning aid and also keeps toys nearby, enabling him to interact with his peers. For additional support, the basket can be placed against a wall. MATERIALS: Laundry basket. AUTHOR: Howell, E. TITLE: Assistive Technology Ideas that Work. WEB SITE: cenmi.org/mits/downloads/atideas/PD/SH_PD6.pdf R

Potty Training Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Battery powered device sensitive to moisture is modified to activate a tape player, light or toy to reward child during toilet training. Battery operated flood alert device is attached to a relay mechanism with 22 gauge conductor wire. Subminiature plug is attached to relay device and plugged into tape recorder, or other toy. Sensors are taped to the bottom of potty chair with masking tape. Includes diagrams. COMMENTS: Radio Shack stock numbers are giv

Power Lawn Mower Dead Man Switch

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch to turn off a power rotary lawn mower if the operator lets go of it. Intended as a safety factor. Describes an emergency turn-off switch for a power mower made with a bicycle caliper hand brake and brake cable. Switch is attached to the crosspiece of the mower handle and to a spring loaded spark grounding switch mounted on the engine block. COMMENTS: For information contact Leonard Anderson, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas Rehabilit

Power Saw Guard, Jig, Guide.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modifications to a woodworking station to provide a power saw blade guard, an assembly jig for plywood boxes and a positioner guide for a pneumatic stapler, to enable a blind person to work quickly and safely. Describes modifications consisting of replacing a swing-up blade guard with a fixed wooden shroud, making a framework around which a box could be quickly assembled, and a guide attached to the pneumatic stapler tip. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: De

Power Step

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with muscular dystrophy to enter a camper. A framework was built of square tubing and hinged to the side of the camper. A removable step was built of smaller square tubing. The power step is powered by a 12-volt cable winch. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/Quest/q113diy.html. REF: Vol. 11, No. 3, May/June 2004. PAGES: 3.

Powered mobility training device for toddlers

Powered mobility training device for toddlers is a mobility device designed for use by young children.  The device consists of a 4-wheel platform, in which two are drive wheels controlled by a standard 9-pin direction input interface. This instructable offers two approaches to build this device. One approach uses an off the shelf baby cruiser as the platform, while the other requires a DIY platform. The second, DIY approach, is the one this instructable will utilize. Both approaches require a st

Powered Oven Lifter

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with only partial use of the left hand and balance disabilities to transport food from the stove or oven to the counter or the table. The foundation of the lift was an existing overbed table that was rebuilt for kitchen use. The table section was relocated to allow for continuous elevations from 19 to 37 inches from the floor. The original top was removed and a new top fitted to the original brackets, after they were cut and rewelded at a

Pre-Amp And Neck Loop Systems For Personal Communciation: The C' Omnicator.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Assistive listening device for increased volume in one-on-one conversations, listening to the TV, or use with the telephone. A simple listening device that can be fabricated with parts from a Radio Shack or other electronics store. The system uses an Archer 200mW Amplifier-Speaker and a 200 ohm Dynamic microphone. A parts list is provided and instructions are included for assembling the system. Instructions are included for using it with a TV, telephon

Pre-Writing Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A child using a metal bolt as a writing implement can activate a tape player or other device by tracing the appropriate path on a metal cookie sheet. This activity strengthens fine motor and grasping skills. Describes a motion detection switch, constructed by soldering a subminiature plug to one end of a 4 inch conductor wire and wrapping the other end tightly around a 4 inch long metal bolt. Simple paths or letters are cut from paper or cardboard and

Press Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to help a student who cannot hold a ruler still while drawing a line, as in doing geometry problems. Device made with a plexiglass ruler suspended above a piece of board (such as plywood) by a spring on a bolt at each end. The student slips the book or paper to be drawn on under the ruler in the correct position then pushes down on the ruler, which holds the paper and the ruler in place. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Kunc,

Pressure Relief Training Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pressure sensitive pad attached to a timer, intended to remind a person with a spinal cord injury to relieve seating pressure by pushing against the arms of the wheelchair and raising the pelvis. Describes a device consisting of a pressure sensitive pad placed on the wheelchair cushion directly under the patient's ischial tuberosities, attached to an alarm feedback mechanism which buzzes after a certain length of time if pressure has not been relieved

Pressure Switch

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To manufacture a simple, sturdy, dependable pressure switch in the home workshop with total cost of materials less than three dollars. The switch can be 2 to 8 inches in diameter. Lead wires are soldered to tack heads, a clear silicone is used to laminate all parts, and the switch is connected to a 1/8- or 1/4-inch jack from Radio Shack. TITLE: The Pressure Switch. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com. REF: The originator, Tom Jeary,

Pressure Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch activated by light pressure on the top surface, sturdy enough to be sat or stood on, with a wide variety of uses, including weight bearing and cause and effect training. Switch, about 7 by 10 by 2 inches, made of masonite or hardboard, two conductor 22 gauge stranded wire, a subminiature plug, a subminiroller lever switch and foam rubber. Includes photograph, instructions and diagrams. Describes a variation (lack of pressure turns on the switch)

Priori

PRIORI is a smartphone app that is being developed to monitor the subtle qualities of the user’s voice during daily phone conversations to detect early signs of mood changes. The app automatically monitors the patients’ voice patterns during all calls, including those between the patient and a health care provider. The computer program analyzes many characteristics of the sounds, and silences, during each call. Only the patient’s side of everyday phone calls is recorded, and they are encrypted

Project eyeCan

Project eyeCan is designed to improve the quality of life for those with from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and Lock in syndrome (LIS). It is an open-source platform that is not currently  for sale. The eyeCan project team is providing only the technology. Our hope is that this technology can spread to reach people in need. We’re currently building an ecosystem in South Korea. One of the Korean government institutes has agreed to distribute eyeCans across South Korea. This institute will build the

Prone Stander.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable stander allows a child who has difficulty standing or walking to bear partial weight while in a secure position. Instructions for constructing a wood prone stander, adjustable to the height of the child. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: Should be used only on the advise of a therapist. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Arnold, P L TITLE: Designing for Individual Needs: A Manual on the Design of Environments, Furnishings and Materials for Indi

Prone Standing Board For Use In The Classroom.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prone standing board as a part-time alternative to a wheelchair for some activities in a classroom; it allows the child to participate in activities while head stability and extensor tone are being promoted. Padded 3/4 inch pressboard (made to fit the child) is fastened to an old tricycle frame along with training wheels in the front, for stability, and a height- adjustable footboard. Includes instructions and photographs. COMMENTS: Developed at the SP

Prone Standing Frame Candidate For Batch Producers, Do-It-Yourselfers.

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY PURPOSE: Stander to hold a child in an upright position and provide a play tray; or can be reconfigured to make a chair with a tray. Stander or seat for a very young child. Made of wood with an adjustable foot board and removable tray for toys or activities. A wide foam pad goes around the child's front and sides, and there is a wide strap to keep the child upright. The device can also be used as a chair by putting the footboard at seat height and moving the tray to the ot

Prone Standing Frame.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Frame to help a child who can not stand alone to experience the standing position. Describes construction of a standing frame made of wood or chipboard, measured to fit the child, with padding optional. Can include side panels to keep the child upright. COMMENTS: Instructins include this message: "Please consult a therapist before using this for any child as there are spec ific therapeutic reasons for using this frame. It is unsuitable for some childre

Prone Trolley/scooter Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prone board on casters to encourage weightbearing on hands and knees, give the feeling of motion, increase mobility, strengthen arms, improve coordination, facilitate head control, improve motor planning, allow moving about and for fun. Prone board made of plywood, sized according to use (i.e. prone, on knees) and size of child, on four casters, padded with foam and covered with vinyl. Includes drawings and suggestions. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AU

Pto Shift Conversion For An International 766 Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Conversion for engaging and disengaging PTO designed for operators who have difficulty turning the upper torso. The original position of the PTO shift on the International 766 Tractor was behind the driver's seat to the left. The operator had to reach behind the seat with the left hand while turning the torso. Conversion places the shift directly to right of the operator. Two different types of linkage have been used. Mechanical linkage, which includes

Pull Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch can be operated by a gentle pull but is also sturdy enough for a child who pulls hard. Can be suspended over a child lying on back or semi-reclined to encourage reach and grasp. Switch will activate a battery toy, light or tape recorder. Device is constructed of potato chip can with metal bottom or tennis ball can, jump rope with handle, tennis ball, metal jar lid smaller than diameter of can, rubber band, popsickle stick, 2 pieces of plastic co

Pull Toy.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pull toy encourages child to walk. Cut piece of softwood into blocks measuring 1 1/2 inch square. Drill a hole through the center of each block. Cut out the shape of the head of the child's favorite animal from a piece of 2 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch plywood. Using thick string, thread all blocks together, tying a knot between each block. Leave extra string at the end for a tail. Glue animal head onto the first block. Paint blocks and attach string to use

Pull-Out Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tray pulls out between legs from under wheelchair seat to hold catheterization equipment. The tray is made from 1/2 inch birch plywood cut the width of the wheelchair seat. The plywood is placed on the side seat rails over the upholstery. The bottom of the plywood has two rails to retain a narrow tray between the plywood seat and the upholstery. A stop is placed at the back of the tray to prevent it from sliding out the back. A cupboard latch is used t

Push Button Car Door Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Car door aid is designed to open doors with push button handles. May also be used to open seat belts and recessed handles inside the car door armrests. Aid is constructed by sawing a U bolt in half and screwing one half piece into a small rectangular piece of wood that has had a hole drilled into one end. A small piece of rubber hose is attached to the end of the U bolt to protect the surface of doors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Metalworking. AUTHOR

Push Stick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Safety feed stick to be used on a variety of power cutting machines, for people with unsteady hands or arms. Diagram of a safety push stick for power cutting machines. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education and Emnployment of Handicapped People: Supplement REF: Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin-Madison Vocational Studies Center: p 482-483 NARI

Push Up Blocks.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Blocks with rods for use as an arm strengthening aid, useful for children who use crutches. Describes construction of push up blocks made of softwood (two blocks 3/ 4 by 4 by 6 inches each) with sides, battens and bars (two wooden dowels 6 inches by 1 inch diameter). These can be used in bed or on the floor. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souve

Push Up Blocks.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Blocks can be used as part of an exercise routine to strengthen arms for children who will use crutches. Push up blocks consist of 1 inch wooden dowels suspended between 2 square pieces of softwood. These side pieces are glued to a rectangular wooden base. To construct a pair of blocks, drill a 1 inch diameter hole an inch from the top of 3/4 inch by 4 inch by 6 inch side pieces. Glue 2 battens 3/4 inch in from each end of the wooden base. Glue side pi

Puzzle Board

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself puzzle board for a child with severe disabilities. This puzzle board enables the child to complete puzzles with the board placed vertically in front of him. A foam board is covered with a piece of flannel using a hot glue gun or another strong adhesive. It is important that the flannel be pulled very tightly. Then the puzzle pieces are adapted using ultra-thin Velcro. A small piece of Velcro is attached to the back of each puzzle piece (jus

Puzzle Switch

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: When puzzle piece is placed in corresponding hole the switch is turned on. Switch operates with magnet and glass reed switch so there are no wires to get tangled or pulled loose. Switch may be used with tape recorder, battery toy, or light. Switch is made of 6 sheets of corrugated cardboard, wood glue, some type of wooden knob or spool, 2 rectangular magnets, 2 medium size glass reed switches, earphone with subminiature size plug, rosin core solder and

Pvc Pencil Holder

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with limited hand or finger control to hold a pen, pencil, paint brush, or similar item. To make this device, drill a quarter-inch hole into the center of one of the PVC Tees. Assemble the pencil holder by attaching a PVC Tee to each end of the PVC Nipple. The parts may be threaded and will screw together. Thread the thumbscrew into the drilled hole. Place pencil, marker or paintbrush into the Tee and tighten with the thumbscrew until se

Pvc Pencil Holder

“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create a pencil holder from PVC for use by individuals with grasping disabilities. First, drill a quarter-inch hole into a PVC tee at the center where all angles meet. Second, assemble the pencil holder by attaching a PVC tee to each end of a PVC nipple. Third, thread the thumb screw into the drilled hole. Fourth, place pencil, marker or paint brush into the tee and tighten with the thumb screw until secure. MATERIALS: Two half-inch PVC pressure tee connect

PVC Wheelchair,(1 inch Pipe)

PVC Wheelchair, (1 inch Pipe) is designed for use by individuals with limited upper and lower extremity mobility associated with cerebral palsy, dystonia or developmental delays.  It is not intended to support individuals weighing more than 200 pounds due to the structural integrity of the PVC, and bending of the axle. However, the axle can be modified to be larger, (this is recommended).

Quality Control Inspection Tool.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Quality control inspection tool for gauging acceptable lengths of small cylindrical parts, for use by individuals with unsteady hands or only one hand, or for those with difficulty learning to use a micrometer. Allows inspection for fine tolerances. Plywood and steel gauge with a shelf on a spring set within a tapering U shaped opening which is marked to indicate the acceptable range of lengths. The cylinder to be measured is placed on the shelf within

Quick Detachable Hand Operated Clutch Control Assembly For The Case 1290 Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Custom modification for the Case 1290 tractor. Constructed of 1 inch square steel tubing with steel angles welded onto the end. This configuration hooks over the top of the clutch pedal and is stabilized by the foot clutch shank. The lever is pushed downward to disengage the clutch. A pivoting latch rod at the upper end of the lever can be inserted in a hole drilled in the seat platform

Quoits.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Ring toss game which promotes eye-hand coordination. Plywood board 24 inches square with a 2 inch batten on one side to make it tilt, with 5 dowels 1/2 inch by 4 inches and rounded at one end attached one in the center and the others toward the corners of the board; and 5 quoits or small semi flexible hoops (such as the drive belts for a vacuum cleaner). Pegs are numbered for scoring. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D T

Racing Wheelchair Stabilizer

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To facilitate transferring a child to a racing wheelchair. The unit has a plywood base with a pipe frame at the front to hold the front wheel; the front wheel is further secured with a Velcro strap. This stabilizes the racing wheelchair for ease of transfers in and out with one person assisting. The half-inch thick plywood base is made to the size of the wheelchair, and excess material is removed to create a lighter weight base. The pipe frame consists of one-in

Radial Arm Assist Device For Hand Held Tools.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Frame to hold a drill or powered hand drill perpendicular to a work surface while allowing the operator freedom of movement. Describes a device which converts a hand drill into a radial arm drill to allow the user to position and hold the tool. The device involves a constructed turntable with a screw jack system which allows the whole system to be elevated as required; drawer slides held together with a welded assembly to provide torque resistance; and

Radial Arm Saw Fixture.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stabilizer for the workpiece while a person with unsteadiness of the hands or arms is operating a power radial arm saw. Describes a stabilizer made of 3/4 inch plywood, 3/4 inch solid stock (hardwood), metal back stops and 8- inch C clamps. Includes diagrams. COMMENTS: For further information contact: Dr Ken Bruwelheid, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. A

Radio Accessibility In Vehicle.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Radio mounted in the dashboard directly behind the steering wheel so it is more easily reached and the driver need not glance away from the road while driving. Describes a dealer-installed pushbutton radio intended for a driver with limited range of motion. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact the developer, Donald J. Winge, 110 Cherry ## 110, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J;

Rag squeezing aid for people with only one functional arm

Rag squeezing aid is designed for use by people with only one functional arm as a result of an amputation, stroke on traumatic brain injury. 

Rainbow Math Popsicle Stick Hundreds Chart

Rainbow Math Popsicle Stick Hundreds Chart is a hands-on math activity designed for kindergarten to second grade children to work on combining numbers into groups of ten, and tens into hundreds. Children can work on this essential math concept while strengthening their fine motor skills. In addition, a single hole punch is a good way to build gross hand grasp strength but to make the activity run faster or to work proprioception. Picking up the tiny hole punched pieces of paper is a great precis

Raised Container Gardening.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Raised bed gardening for gardening in a sitting position. Use various sizes of old tires, with the largest on the bottom. Fill each tire with soil and stack to the desired height. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Chaplin, M.: Royal Horticultural Society. TITLE: Gardening for the Physiclly Handicapped and Elderly. REF: Book: B T Batsford Ltd, 4 Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H 0AH: p 28. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1100. PAGES ( including cover): 2. 1978.

Raised Desk

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injuries or back pain to use a standard desk from a wheelchair, kneeling chair, or while standing. This desk is created by replacing the standard legs on a conventional desk with extra-long table-style legs. Each leg replacememt is kept rigid by two half-inch flat steel braces made of 0.5 x 1/8 inch steel bar. The top end of the steel is fastened to the desk with wood screws and the bottom ends are fastened to the legs with hose cl

Raised Garden Beds

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To create a garden area with raised garden beds to be easily used by persons with mobility issues. The garden area was designed for a 15 by 13 foot space that composed of four-quadrant raised planting beds surrounded by 4 foot walkways with a 5 foot turnaround area in the center. The planter boxes are each 4 ½ by 3 ½ feet and are topped with an 8 inch wide boards for seating while working. INSTRUCTIONS: First, starting in the back corner, measur

Raised Gardens.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Several methods of raised garden beds for sitting gardeners. Several methods of doing raised garden beds are described, including tubs on wheeled bases, Raised wooden boxes (or large planter boxes with false bottoms), fertile bags on tables, living wall planters, and plant containers on pulleys. Includes descriptions and drawings. Also includes pros and cons of various types of raised gardening beds and containers. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editor

Raised Height Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Blocks to raise the height of a table so a wheelchair can pull up to it. Describes table raisers made of wooden blocks the desired height, and pieces of 1 inch thick wood with holes the size of the table legs drilled in them, glued together. A nonslip pad can be glued on the bottom. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 17 NARIC CALL NUMBER:

Raised Table Surface

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- Description: A raised, horizontal work surface, exactly the same size and shape as the lap tray or the cut-out desk that it is placed on. PURPOSE: To improve sitting posture and arm control during functional table-top tasks, for certain students who have severely increased tone, very low muscle tone, and/or severe muscle weakness. A student who requires a raised table surface often also benefits from using a lap tray or cut-out-desk so the arms are fully sup

Raised Toilet.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to raise toilet instead of using a raised toilet seat. A wooden base is made to place between the toilet fixture and the floor. Extensions are needed for the pipes. The height can be custom designed but if the added height causes the user's feet to hang above the floor a foot support and be built into the base. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: George Washington TITLE: Raise the Toilet When It Gets Low REF: Journal

Raisers For Beds, Tables And Some Chairs.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Leg extenders to raise height of beds, tables or chairs. Describes two types of raisers. One is made with plywood and battens, and is screwed to the furniture leg. The other, also plywood, is made like a box into which the leg fits; pieces of wood, which fit in the box, adjust the height. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 46-47. Also available from

Ramp.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides access for wheelchair riders to areas that ordinarily can only be reached by steps. Diagram and suggestions for constructing a simple ramp. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Fahland, B. TITLE: Wheelchair Selection: More Than Choosing a Chair With Wheels. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Institute, Minneapolis, MN; p 54. 1976.

Ramps.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Ramps or portable tracks can be made using heavy duty aluminum end brackets. The extruded aluminum brackets fit on the ends of 2X8's or a custom width ramp, but the brackets must be able to fit over a 2 inch width of wood. Can be used with trucks, vans or houses. Each bracket has a 700 pound capacity (1400 pounds per set). Ramp can be up to 11 feet 7 inches in length, and up to a three foot rise. These brackets are available in hardware stores, or in m

Range Knob Turner

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with arthritis, fine motor disabilities or grasping disabilities to turn a stove on and off. To adapt existing knobs, drill two small holes in the stove knob and in a short dowel. Line up the holes in the dowel with the holes in the knobs and secure the dowel with screws. A similar effect can be achieved by drilling a quarter-inch hole through the knob and inserting a short quarter-inch diameter dowel in the hole. MATERIALS: Dowel. TOOLS: Drill.

Reach Tool

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself high-reach tool with household items. A mop or broom handle serves as the shaft of the reacher. Using a drill, make a small hole in both clamp handles and secure the clamp to the end of a mop handle with a hose clamp. Next, feed cable through the bottom handle and attach to the top of the handle with a carriage bolt. A hole can be drilled through the bolt to better accompany the cable. Secure the cable using zip ties. Finally, attach the c

Reacher

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist an individual who uses a wheelchair in picking up items. A set of long barbecue tongs can be attached to the wheelchair and used to retrieve items. It can be used in conjunction with the hook on a wire hanger to pull items within reach. MATERIALS: Barbecue tongs and wire hanger. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. REF: Volume 12, Number 1, January/February 2005. WEB: http://www.mdausa.org/publications/Quest/q121diy.cfm

Reacher

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a person with grasping or other upper extremity disabilities with a method of retrieving metal objects or objects with handles that were otherwise out of reach. Attach a hook to one end of a wooden dowel, and attach a magnet to the other end of the dowel. MATERIALS: Wooden dowel (length determined by the user); hook; magnet; and glue. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mdausa.org/publications/Quest/q11

Reaching Hook.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hook to enable an office worker with limited range of motion and grasp to open and close desk drawers from a wheelchair. Hook made of a piece of flat steel 1/2 by 9 inches long bent at 90 degrees 2 inches from one end, with the other end wedged and glued into a 6 inch piece of 1 inch dowel. COMMENTS: Originally published in Rehabilitation Engineering Sourcebook Supplement 1: Institute for Information Studies, Falls Church, Virginia 22046. SKILLS REQUIR

Reader 2, The

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold a book or magazine in view for an individual with limited use of arms and hands lying in bed. A lightweight platform was constructed of 3/8-inch plywood, with the overall dimensions being determined by the needs of the user. The platform is equipped with four legs that allow the device to span the user's body. The legs can also be adapted to fit over bed rails. The surface of the platform is angled to provide an optimal reading angle for the user. OPTION

Readiing Teaching Program

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with cognitive, reading or learning disabilities in learning to read. Pictures from common trade books were scanned and printed and glued to tagboard and the tagboard pages were bound using one-inch rings. Pictures from Boardmaker (see entry) were were affixed to each page as repeated lines, providing children with a choice in how the story was read, and making them active participants in the process. MATERIALS: Scanned pictures, tag board, g

Reading Helpers

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist children and adults who have difficulty reading. The use of colored overlays has been shown to help some individuals with dyslexia and other reading disabilities improve their functional reading skills. Some individuals are simply helped by having a masking tool to help isolate single words, sentences, or rows of sentences. You will need to work with your student to determine their individual preference regarding the use of color and the

Reading Tray

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold a book open in front of a reader who is a wheelchair user with weakness of the hands. The unit is made of two rectangles of Lexan plastic measuring approximately 14 x 20 inches, hinged at the bottom. The height and angle are adjustable. The book support shelf is about 2 inches up from the bottom of the unit. It is bonded to the supports, but can be screwed in place from the back. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com. REF: The

Recessed Pan Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheelchair tray with a removable recessed pan which can be filled with a variety of tactile stimulation materials. Describes wheelchair lap tray made of plywood 18 by 21 inches (to fit a child's wheelchair) cut to fit against the front of the child, with arms to the back of the chair which are drilled so rope can be tied through them to hold the tray on the chair. The tray has a 9 inch square hole cut into it; a 9 inch cake pan is placed in the hole. S

Recipe/book Holder

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids in the inability to hold a recipe or small booklet while cooking. A pants hanger (with clip tabs) is utilized to hold up the book, while the top hook of the hanger allows the item to fastened to a top cabinet knob. COMMENTS: The Recipe/Book Holder helps those who have grasping issues, nearsightedness, or other disabilities that prevent them from viewing a recipe comfortably. SKILLS REQUIRED: Fine motor skills (to attach book/recipe). AUTHOR: King,

Reclined Workstation

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injury or severe physical disabilities to use a computer in a reclined position. This work station required several adaptations. Monitor placement, with the monitor above the user and angled downward, was accomplished using a fifteen-inch LCD (liquid crystal diode) monitor attached to a flexible monitor arm. The arm was attached to a two-inch vertical steel pipe attached to a sturdy table adjacent to a reclining chair. The comp

Regular Walker Converted To Wheeled Walker.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheels added to the front legs of a standard walker. Adaptation made by screwing pieces of wooden dowel in the front legs of a walker and fixing caster wheels into holes drilled in the dowels. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 11 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1182 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980.

Remote Door Lock

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited mobility to lock and unlock an entry door remotely. A door-lock solenoid from a car was mated to a standard dead-bolt. Power was connected through a momentary contact, center-off, double- throw switch that was wired to reverse the power polarity as it was moved up/down. This operated the solenoid in both directions. The switch was placed in box that was placed beside bed. The car-lock solenoid can be operated manually if need

Remote Holder

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities to operate a Logitech Harmony Universal Remote for an entertainment system. This remote has a touch screen and many small buttons near its edges. The individual is unable to hold the controller, but he can push the buttons. The user needed a holder for the controller that he could operate by himself, placed where he could get to it in his wheelchair and where it would point to all the devices to be contro

Remote Holder 2

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enablke an individual with only limited use of one arm to open her apartment door using a remote control while in bed. Because simply setting the remote on the bed would allow it to fall or slide out of reach, a holder was required that could be attached to the top bedcover and from which the remote can be easily removed for use during the daytime. The holder also needed to be easy to install and remove and be able to withstand frequent dropping as it would

Remotely Actuated Telephone Alarm System.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow a nonspeaking, severely weak individual to call for assistance in case of emergency. Describes a device consisting of a radio transmitter remote controlled garage door opener, a dial encoder, a telephone amplifier and a laboratory fabricated power supply. The client keeps the door opener on his person and activates the system, which rings the phone at a prearranged location. Includes photograph of components. COMMENTS: For information c

Removable Hand Operated Clutch Control Assembly For The International 1586 Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Modifies an International 1586 tractor which has an electric clutch. The control linkage is attached to the regular foot pedal by a nut. A shaft stub is mounted to the left side of the tractor steering console. This acts as a pivot point for the control lever, which is held to the shaft by a pin. Pulling the lever disengages the clutch. The hand control is easily removed to allow operati

Respirators/ventilators: Go Positive With Face Mask And Mouthpiece.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Airtight nose and mouth mask to use with a small positive pressure ventilator for sleeping. Discusses development of a prototype face mask and extended mouthpiece which make a seal against the skin to prevent air from leaking out, and keeps the cheeks from being blown up. The device needs a dental piece made with hard dental acrylic: provides instruction for making the extended mouthpiece. The mask is made of plastic, foam rubber padding and soft chamo

Retracting Joy Stick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Retractable joy stick control box for a powered wheelchair to allow the chair to be positioned near a table. Briefly describes a springloaded automatic joy stick box retractor which permits the box to recede as it makes contact with the table and return to its normal position when the wheelchair is backed away. Principal investigator: Theresa Ackerman, Georgia Tech University. SKILLS REQUIRED: Mechanical Engineering. TITLE: Retracting Joy Stick JOURNAL

Rhythm Stick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rhythm stick toy can be used as part of a child's sensory integration training program. Using a saw, make V shaped cuts in a rectangular piece of softwood measuring 1 inch by 1 inch by 6 inches. Drill a hole into the bottom of one end. Glue a 1/2 by 3 inch dowel into this hole to serve as a handle. The child can use another dowel measuring 1/2 inch by 6 inches to strike against the V cuts in the softwood to create sounds and rhythms. Includes diagrams.

Ribbon Bands

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children with limited fine motor and grasping skill participate in gross motor play with ribbon. The children can slip the bands over their hands instead of using their hands to grasp and hold a narrow stick. MATERIALS: 1 1/2 yards of colored ribbon any length, about 6 to 7 inches of 1/2 inch elastic band for each band. DIRECTIONS: 1.Take a yard and a half of ribbon and cut into two uneven lengths. 2.Place the ribbon on the inside of the ela

Righting Device For Juvenile.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to provide feedback for person having difficulty keeping head upright. A mercury switch is attached to the user's head in the desired "on" position. The switch is attached to a control box. Any 110 volt appliance such as a radio is plugged into the control box and the device turns off when the head moves from the desired position and the switch is no longer in the on position. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: TITLE: Cerebral Palsy Research

Righting Device For Juvenile.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device encourages a child with cerebral palsy to hold head upright by turning on a television set or radio when the head is in the desired position, and turning it off when the head tilts forward. Control box with an electrical outlet switchable by a mercury contact switch is attached to a child's head so that holding the head upright or tilting it forward turns a radio or television on or off. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information con

Ring-Stacker.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy to help develop hand-eye coordination through stacking different shapes, inserting sticks into holes, sorting beads and copying patterns. Provides list of materials and detailed instructions for building a toy consisting of a wooden box 9 by 5 by 5 inches with a hinged lid; 4 different sized holes drilled in the top to fit sticks into; 3 holes in front for battery operated light fittings; dowels to fit the holes; differently shaped pieces to stack

Rock Band Drum Kit Modification

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself adaptation for an individual with mobility issues to play the drum kit featured as part of the Rock Band video game. As a wheelchair user, the individual was disappointed that she could not disable the kick pedal feature on the drums within the game. First, cut the two RCA connectors off the “Y” end of the cable and strip away about ½ inch of the insulation to reveal the copper writing (be sure to leave the 3.5 millimeter i

Rocker Balance Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rocking board to promote balance. Balance board made of softwood with a variety of rockers of different heights and widths to adjust the difficulty of balancing. The rockers attach to the board with dowels which fit into holes drilled in the center of the board. Lists materials needed and includes instructions and diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir

Rocker Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rocker board to help develop balance in different positions. Describes a rocker board of plywood, measured to fit the size of the child, with optional foam and vinyl padding. Lists materials; includes drawings and comments SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with a Child Who Has a Physical Disability REF: Melbourne, Australia: Health Commission of Victoria: p 34-35 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3598 PAG

Rod Support

DO-IT-YOURSELF ENTRY PURPOSE: Assisted support of fishing rod for angler with weak grip. Drawing of a custom orthotic device formed to fit around the fishing rod within position of the handgrip. The support is made of metal with plastic covering and secured by velcro fastener. Appears to provide some wrist support. Fits around the wrist and against the palmar surface of the hand, with a hook formed at the top of the device that supports the fishing rod. SKILLS REQUIRED: Orthotics, metalworking.

Roll In Shower In Existing Tub Space.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides waterproof pan on floor with minimal lip to impede wheelchair or person walking. Modification procedure: 1) Remove existing bathtub. 2) Paint floor with a concrete adhesive. 3) Form wire cloth frame on floor and 4 inches up on side walls and attach to threshold. 4) Form studwall (36 inches) and 1 by 6 inch maple threshold 36 inches wide at the door. 5) Pour concrete patch base over wire cloth, shaping it for form and drainage considerations (4

Roll-A-Ball.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Game of skill involving rolling a ball into holes in a wooden board. Plywood board 18 inches square with 5 holes, a little larger than tennis balls cut into it and numbered for scoring, and a batten fastened to the back to make it tilt. Tennis balls or balls of a similar size are rolled along the floor and up the board, aimed at the holes. Includes instructions and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Y

Roll-Up Keyboard

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create an inexpensive roll-up keyboard for an individual with disabilities. Using a screwdriver deconstruct a USB keyboard, removing the keyboard’s membrane switch pad and control board. The membrane consists of three separate layers tacked together. Using the rubber pad, plate nuts and bolts reassemble the membrane to the control board, making sure that the traces of the membrane line up with the traces on the control board. If the keyboard had a

Roller Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tubular chair with a straight back allowing a child with spastic cerebral palsy to sit with legs apart and feet flat on the ground. Chair made of plywood and hardboard. Two 8 by 8 pieces of wood rounded at the top are joined by 3 struts, two on the bottom, one on top. A piece of plywood 15 1/2 by 20 inches rounded at the top is screwed to the back. Hardboard (14 by 21 1/ 2 inches) is soaked overnight then bent over frame and tacked into place. A 1 by 1

Rollermobile For Children With Cerebral Palsy.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheeled roller seat for use by severely involved elementary school-aged children with cerebral palsy. Describes construction of a feet-propelled wheeled vehicle made of plywood, 1/8 inch pliable plastic, 5 inch platform casters, padding and vinyl for the seat, 3 automobile seat belts and velcro. The seat is triangular with wings for support. Trunk and hood are made of boxes. The seat belts are used to secure the child's pelvis and to hold the thighs in

Rolling Board For Treatment And Evaluation Of Neurologically Involved Patients.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Low platform on wheels for treating and evaluating patients who have abnormal postural reactions. Describes a board made of two 3/4 inch plywood boards, 30 by 48 inches, making a platform 1 1/2 inches thick; with 4 skateboard wheel trucks (each with 2 wheels with sealed bearings), and a pivoting dowel handle attached with 2 eye bolts. A rubber, non-slip surface is affixed to the board. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Bohannon, R W; Lark

Rope Cutting Jig.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to cut stranded nylon rope and seal the rope ends so they dont fray. Developed for use in a workshop contracted to install rope carriers on a battery carrying holder. Describes a rope cutting jig made of an 80 watt soldering iron mounted in a hinged bracket, with a piece of copper sheet replacing the soldering tip. The iron is lowered onto the rope and melts through it. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information Contact: Leonard L An

Roundabout Chair Available For Another User.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Describes an alternative wheelchair on a low stand, operated with a hand crank. Chair made of an office swivel chair fastened to a heavy plywood base supported on a steel tube frame; there are two fixed wheels in back ( the wheels fit underneath the frame) and one wheel in the front used to steer and propel the chair from post by the rider's knee. A vertical drive shaft motivated by a crankhandle runs down the post and rotates the front wheel through a

Safe Bath Plug.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plastic tube used as a bathtub plug to keep water from getting too deep. A piece of semi rigid plastic tubing about 6 inches long, small enough to fit in the plug hole of a bathtub, is wound with plastic insulation tape to make it a good push fit. This can be pushed out with the toe, or a cord or chain can be attached to the top to allow it to be pulled out. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: L

Safety In The Bathroom

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To make bathroom use safer for seniors and individuals with mobility, walking, or balance disabilities. This article, part of the chapter entitled "Bathroom & Washing Up," dicusses ways to provide greater bathroom safety, including using non-slip surfaces in the tub or shower and on the bathroom floor; installing grab bars; ensuring adequate lighting; and having ground-fault-interrupted (GFI) outlets in the bathroom. AUTHOR: Greenstein, D. TITLE: Bathroom Safety.

Safety Program Bingo Cards

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---PURPOSE: To enable a blind receptionist to keep track of numbers for a daily safety program bingo game. The date and daily number are brailled on index cards using a Janus 3x5 inch interpoint slate. A hole is punched in the upper left hand corner of each card, and the cards are threaded in a single binder ring. AUTHOR: Buskirk, J. & Gillespie, J. TITLE: Adaptations for an Agency Receptionist. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter 2005: p. 168-170. PAGES: 3.

Sand Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Box to hold damp sand for a child to play in. Sturdy box made of solid timber or exterior grade plywood fastened with nails and waterproof glue, with 2 battens on the bottom to allow the box to be more easily picked up. Box dimensions are 12 by 13 inches, and 6 inches deep. Should be painted inside and out. Place on a piece of plastic to protect the floor. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Chi

Sandwich Feeder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sandwich holder to enable a person with no hand use to eat independently. Thermoplastic sandwich holder, developed for a person with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which allows the person to take a row of bites then slide the sandwich forward with the chin to continue. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact Dr Roy Norris, Rehabilitation Engineering Center, 2021 North Old Manor, Wichita, Kansas 67208. REC funded by NIHR grant G0080

Sandy Trails Braille Tracking System

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To teach pre-schoolers with some useable vision who are learning Braille letters to track evenly across a Braille line. The system includes a set of sheets that have been Brailled. The full Braille cell (the “for” sign) is written on alternate lines of all sheets. The first sheet introduced has blank lines between the “for” sign lines, enabling beginners to simply work on moving across the page and back. The second sheet introduced works on efficiency, and a sin

Scanning Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to evaluate a person's optimal ability to operate a scanning device. A simple adapter unit provides access to many commercially available switches. The user can compare the use a wide selection of switches. The device can scan in three modes: step scan, directed scan, or latching scan. Speed can be adjusted. the evaluation device has five display panels to scan through during each evaluation session. Plexiglass cover can be removed to change ite

Scanning Blackboard.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Scanning blackboard allows students with limited or no communication skills to participate in classroom activities. A 4 foot square board is constructed to handle responses from 4 students. The upper portion of the board contains 4 sets of 4 lights. The student's names are written in this area. The remainder of the board is divided into 12 equal areas in which desired responses to various questions are written. A response switch tailored to each child'

Scissors Operator.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to provide a means of using a pair of scissors without holding them in the hand, and without the hand being flexed. Describes scissor operator made of plywood, a piece of doweling, a rubber band and various nuts, bolts and screws. The device holds the scissors with the grips in a vertical position; to cut takes a downward motion on the dowel-handle, and the rubber band acts as a spring to open the scissors again. Includes diagrams and photograph

Scooter Canopy

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To protect an individual who uses a scooter who is sun sensitive from sun exposure. This canopy is detachable and folds for transport and storage. The frame is made from steel and aluminum tubing and it is covered in sunbrella fabric (nylon or nylon/urethane material can also be used). Scaled drawings for the frame are available from the originator. OPTIONS: Plastic windows can be added for those seeking rain/snow protection rather than sun protection. TITLE: Th

Scooter Ventilator Mount

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide ventilator users with a means of carrying the ventilator on a scooter. Attach a heavy-duty key rings to the armrest posts using nylon web straps with clips that can clip on the handle rings of the ventilator to allow the ventilator to hang from the armrests behind the seat. Place the ventilator battery on the scooter floor between the user's legs. Use the ventilator's external direct current (DC) battery cord to connect the battery to the ventilator. Secure co

Screen Magnifier

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To enlarge text in Windows applications. Most computers running Windows XP enable the user to enlarge text by holding down the Ctrl key while rolling the scroll wheel toward him/herself; rolling the wheel away reduces text size. This technique can be used in Word, Excel, and in the normal view in PowerPoint. It also works to a limited degree on the Internet. TOOLS: Mouse with scroll wheel. SKILLS REQUIRED: Computer. AUTHOR: Speer, P. TITLE: Speer Tip No. 2: P

Seat Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Eliminates the sling effect from a wheelchair sling seat, provides a solid seating platform. Diagram and direction for making a wooden seat support for a wheelchair. the board should be placed between, not on, the rails to which the seat is fastened. Similar to commercially available product. SKILLS REQUIRED: woodworking AUTHOR: Gavee, B. TITLE: Wheelchair and Accessories REF: Book: Accent Press, Bloomington, IL; p 45. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0848. 1981.

Seating Device For Multiply Handicapped Infants.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple seating device to hold mildly involved children positioned correctly in standard chairs. This describes a commercial device called "Baby Safe Sit" but the pictures are so well drawn that the device could be fabricated if it cannot be found in stores. It is designed to use with healthy infants from 3 months to 2 years of age. It is one piece with a high back for support, a padded seat, and a support flap that is positioned between the child's leg

Seating For Production Worker

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with neurological or balance disabilities to work at multiple production workbenches. For individuals with balance and neurological disabilities, standing or sitting on high stools to perform production work is often not an option. To create this adaptation, a shop-quality operator's chair on a star-shaped pedestal base was selected to be secured to a custom platform. The wooden platform was constructed to raise the chair to the appropriate heig

See And Choose

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children or adults who are not able to verbally express a want or need use their direct stare to make a selection with the help of an eyegaze frame.

See-Saw.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rocking platform to provide movement for a child. Rocking board made of plywood 18 by 30 inches with the rocker 3 by 18 inches. Battens 1 by 1 by 12 inches are put near the ends of the board to prevent fingers or toes from being pinched. Includes instructions and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 74-75. Also available from Prentice-Hall, E

Self Aspirator.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow a person with a tracheostomy and no functional arm use to suction independently; developed by a polio patient. Describes device made of a 4 ounce plastic bottle with a 1 inch long india rubber stopper with two 1/4 inch holes in it, and 1/4 inch plastic tubing; a short piece to reach the mouth, and a longer one which remains plugged into the trach. The bottle is held in place at the patient's shoulder, reachable by turning the head. SKIL

Separating Wheelchair Wrap.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wrap that can be zipped apart horizontally so either the bottom or top cape part can be worn separately. Instructions and pattern for sewing a full length (but not closed at the bottom) wheelchair wrap with quilted lining. Zips open from waist to bottom, neck to waist, and, using two zippers, horizontally at waist level. Includes list of materials and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapp

Sewing Machine With Puff And Sip Control System.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sip and puff control for sewing machine for person unable to use the standard leg or foot controls. The foot control of a standard industrial sewing machine was modified with a sip and puff control. The harder the person blows on the tube the faster the machine will run. Sipping on the tube raises the presser foot. Speed is maintained by blocking the tube with the tongue. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: Don Warren, Clinical Conv

Shakers

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children with cognitive and motor impairments participate in manipulative activities, involving rhythm and dance movements

Shaped Foam Wedge.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Foam wedge with side supports for older children with severe physical disabilities. Describes construction of a foam wedge with side supports made from foam mattress, covered in waterproof material (vinyl or terylene) with a terrycloth removable cover. Includes drawings, possible uses and comments. Does not provide instructions for the covers. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents

Shaving Foam Dispenser.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow a shaving foam (or any aerosol can) to be operated by pushing down a handle. Useful for those with limited hand function. Aerosol can dispenser made with a 4 by 6 inch wooden base, a 1 by 1 inch upright fastened to one side drilled with several holes to correspond with the heights of various cans, and a cross handle 2 by 1 by 6 inches with a 1 inch U cut to fit around the upright. The handle is fastened to the upright with a wing nut at

Sheet Frame

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold heavy sheets and blankets off of a person's legs to prevent the person from getting tangled in them. The dimensions of the frame depend on the length and height of the bed, so no measurements are provided. The frame's base is constructed from 1.25-inch PVC pipe. Two "L"-shaped sections of pipe of equal size are placed on the floor with the longer sections parallel and the shorter sections pointing toward one another. Connect a 90 degree elbow fitting to

Shift Conversion And Foot Guard For A Honda Three-Wheeler.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Designed for operators with lower extremity impairments, foot guards help keep one's legs from slipping. A handle, allowing hand shifting, is attached to the foot activated shifter mechanism. The foot guard is constructed of mild steel bar stock and flat steel, with one edge rough or toothed to prevent slipping. The footguard is mounted directly over the existing foot rest, and no major modifications are needed to accommodate the guard. The gear shifte

Shifter Position Conversion And Foot Guard For Honda 200 Sx.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Designed for an ATV operator who has use of the right foot, but not the left. The foot guard is constructed of mild steel bar stock with flat bar stock welded to it for mounting brackets. It is bolted to the bracket holding the existing foot rest and also to the outside end of the footrest. A conversion linkage which allows gear shifting from the opposite side of the ATV is attached to the existing gear shift lever. The linkage passes through the frame

Shirt Or Blouse With Underarm Gusset.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extra fabric for the underarm of a blouse or shirt sleeve to allow greater moving ease. Explains how to insert an underarm gusset. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 66 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1978.

Shirt With Back Opening.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shirt that opens up the back as well as front for ease of dressing for persons with limited movement. Instructions for putting a lightweight zipper in the back of a shirt, giving alternatives of using snaps or velcro discs for closing. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 54-55 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (inclu

Shirt With Stretch Inserts In Raglan Sleeves.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shirt with stretch inserts in the sleeve seams to permit freer arm movement, as for using crutches or a wheelchair. Instructions for adding stretch material in the sleeve seams of a raglan sleeved shirt. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 143 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1978.

Shoe Horn.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shoehorn with a long handle for people with limited range of motion or reach. Provides pattern and instructions for an extended shoehorn made from a piece of plastic guttering and a wooden dowel. A hanging loop can be attached to the other end. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 36-37 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1126 PAGES ( including cover): 3 19

Shoe Or Boot Remover.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple device to pull off shoes or boots by wedging the heel in a V shaped cutout and holding the device down with the other foot. Device made of a piece of wood about 5/8 inch by 16 by 6 inches with a V cutout of one end, attached to a riser the same thickness and width and about 2 inched high. Includes instructions, diagram and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: London, England: S

Shoe Remover.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pointed stick is used to assist in removing shoes. The end of a hardwood stick measuring 36 by 3/4 by 1/2 inches is tapered to a point. To remove shoe, place the pointed end into the shoe near the heel and push down until the shoe slips off. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p 20 N

Shoulder Positioning Device For Patients With Hemiplegia

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to maintain a hemiplegic shoulder in abduction (about 75 degrees) and external rotation (neutral) with the elbow in enough flexion to prevent the shoulder from internally rotating while the patient is lying down. Shoulder positioner made primarily from urethane foam with velcro fasteners, intended to hold the shoulder in the appropriate position, while supine, to prevent pain, subluxation, spasticity and loss of range of motion. Includes instruc

Shower Collar For Persons With Tracheostomy.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Protective collar allows tracheostomy patients to shower. Collar prevents water from entering tracheostomy and blocking air passage. Pattern for collar is drawn from Sansplint XR, a rigid, moldable splinting material resistant to shrinkage. Two measurements are required: 1) from just above the arch of the cricoid notch, and 2) the circumference of the neck from the outer edges of each ear. Collar is molded onto patient's neck. A trough is formed along

Side / Armrest Bags

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide powered wheelchair users with carrying capability. Two pocket organizers designed for use on car visors were purchased from the automotive section of a local store. One organizer was strapped to each arm and the front strap of each was clamped under the armrest pad. TITLE: Side/Arm Rest Bags. REF: http://www.wheelchairmodifications.org. The organization can also be reached at Wheelchair Modifications, 5533 A Pony Farm Drive, Richmond, VA 23227.

Side Lying Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Side lying board to relieve pressure from constantly lying in one position. Instructions for making a plywood side lying board, padded with foam and vinyl, with straps to hold a person in place. COMMENTS: Notes that a therapist should make the decisions as to the appropriateness and size of this device. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Arnold, P A TITLE: Designing for Individual Needs: A Manual on the Design of Environments, Furnishings and Materi

Side Vision Training Lights

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist a therapist in retraining perceptual awareness on one side of the body for individuals who have had strokes. This set of three differently colored lights is operated from a control box which can turn on each light individually or in combinations and also contains a buzzer to draw attention as needed. Each light can be extended up to feet away and can be placed on posts or tables. The lights are operated in the client's side vision area by a trained the

Signalling Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Signalling device, allowing a nonvocal person with limited hand and arm movement to signal for assistance. Can be activated using a headstick. Lists hardware needed and provides diagrams for constructing a signaling device, developed for use in a workshop. It can be made to activate both a full bell and a clatter signal. COMMENTS: For information contact: George Hardman, Vocational Education for the Handicapped, Stevens Point Area Public Schools, 1201

Simple Battery Light.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: This light toy may be hooked up with any simple switch. Lights are especially reinforcing to some children and can be very useful in training the visually impaired. The simple battery light gives basic instructions that can be expanded for many uses. Device is constructed of a small plastic food container or box large enough to hold a 6 volt dry cell battery, clear plastic pill bottle with snap lid, 6 volt light bulb and socket; 6 volt dry cell, rosin

Simple Communication Device

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with communication disabilities to communicate using a single message. To make this device, open the YAK BAK 2 by removing the four screws on the back, including the one under the battery cover. Drill a hole in the front cover between the "Say" button and the red LED to insert the lead wires. Solder the two lead wires of the switch or switch jack to the two terminals on the inside circuit board by the arrows. One is on the tone control an

Simple Cup Holder For A Wheelchair

This do-it-yourself simple cup holder for a wheelchair combines the most practical components of each type of holder (hard shell and soft bodied). This new cup holder retains its shape while being used, has an opening wide enough to allow easy placement and removal of a cup, and has enough resilience to survive being regularly smashed into various hard objects. The individual’s cup that is used everyday is measured and the angle needed to hold it was determined and a simple pattern was created.

Simple Kitchen Switch

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Touch switch enables child to activate tape player, toy or other device by pushing against or batting at the egg whipper or metal can. A simple kitchen switch is constructed by suspending an egg whipper in the center of a soup or other metal can that has had both ends removed. Thread a 6 inch piece of conductor wire through the handle of the egg whipper and solder in place. Attach a subminiature plug to the other end of the wire. Suspend the egg whippe

Simple Materials For Hand Exerciser.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Exercising device has been successfully used to strengthen intrinsic and extrinsic hand muscles in a hemiplegic patient. Can be used in a variety of conditions where hand function needs improvement. By alternating clothespins and tongue depressors, the device can offer graded active resistive exercise for the hand throughout the range of motion. The device offers the least resistance distally from the clothespins. As one grasps closer to the springs, m

Simulated Braille Technique

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable individuals to create simulated braille on ornaments, decorative items, and clothing. Using plastic craft canvas as a template, fabric or textured craft paint or ink to make a tactile dot. To practice, the technique, lay a piece of plastic canvas on a sheet of paper and visualize the holes in the canvas as the dots that make a line of braille cells. Using the top three rows of the canvas, practice making the alphabet or the braille sign for "for" by inserting t

Sit Time Monitor: A Device For Measuring Wheelchair Sitting Time.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The Sit Time Monitor is used to obtain objective, quantitative information on the number of hours a patient sits in a wheelchair. Describes device made of a pressure-sensitive ribbon switch pad placed under the wheelchair cushion, a digital electronic timer attached to the back of the chair, and a two part cable that joins them. Lists materials needed. Includes photographs. COMMENTS: Study supported in part by NIHR grant 23-578886. Authors affiliated w

Size Selection No 1: Caterpillars.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy with several sizes of blocks and dowels to help a child develop a sense of sizes. Describes a toy consisting of 3 wooden blocks (approximately 1 1/4 inches high and wide by 5, 8 and 11 inches long) with holes drilled near the ends of each, dowels (2 each approximately 2, 3 and 4 inches long) and a base, about 3 by 11 inches. The holes through each block correspond with holes drilled into the base so each block can be held on the base with dowels. E

Size Selection No 2: Flowers.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy intended to help teach a child the concept of size. Describes toy made with a 3 by 5 inch softwood base, 3 pieces of 3/4 inch dowel, 1 inch long, and 3 plywood (1/2 inch) flower shapes, 2, 1 1/2 and 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Three holes are drilled in the base and the dowel glued in them. The child then tries to put the flowers on the dowels in order of size. Includes list of materials, instructions and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHO

Skater Sled For Retarded Persons.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Support with ice runners to help mentally retarded students with poor balance learn to ice skate. Skater sled made of a walker with an auxiliary seat, movable arm support and ice runners. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Capecchi, J TITLE: Skater Sled for Retarded Persons JOURNAL: Physical Therapy REF: Vol 58 no 2, Feb 1978: p 181 PAGES ( including cover): 2 1978.

Skeasy, The

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals who use walkers or crutches to ski. The skeasy is made up of an inner pair of short skis on which the person stands with the aid of a walker-like frame. The frame is attached to a pair of outer parabolic skis. The outer skis are set at about 22 degrees of inside edging and the are snowplowed (tips in) slightly. The inner and outer skis are connected, front and back, by strong, flexible rubber strips. The unit is always connected by a tethe

Skirt With Partial Back.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Skirt has a partial back to assist in dressing while seated and prevents excess folds of fabric. Using a purchased wrap around or A-line skirt open the left side seam from hem to waist. Cut across the skirt back of skirt to right seam at a level just above the chair seat (plus hem allowance). Make a facing for the side seams from the fabric removed from the back an stitch in place. Attach velcro closures. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTH

Skittles.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Game of skill requiring eye-hand coordination. Materials include a plywood base 10 by 10 inches with a wooden dowel 1/2 inch by 12 inches fastened in the middle; a piece of string is fastened to the top of the dowel and tied around a weight such as a walnut. Ten skittles - pieces of 1 inch dowel or broom handle 3 inches high - are arranged in a wide circle around the post. The object is to drop the weight so the string wraps around the pole then the we

Slant Board

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Slant board serves as adjustable bookholder for use on tables or wheelchair trays. Plywood slant board measuring 23 inches wide by 18 inches high is hinged to a frame. Board includes a sliding ledge used to hold the book in place. Includes photographs and detailed diagrams and measurements. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. TITLE: How to Build Special Furniture and Equipment for Handicapped Children REF: Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas: p 80-83 NAR

Slate For Blind/visually Impaired

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To assist a child with visual impairments recognize shapes using a DIY slate. As the child writes on the slate, wool comes out of the pen and sticks to the Velcro on the slate. This project has two parts: the slate and the pen. The slate is constructed of Velcro strips attached to a rectangular piece of plywood. The writing is done on the Velcro material, which comes as a strip allowing the fibers of wool to stick to the nylon hooks. The pen is made f

Sleek Seat.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Positioning seat to hold a child's legs in a flexed position, bring the shoulders into protraction and allow the hands to come together midline. Chair made from a large cardboard or PVC tube cut into the shape of a chair with edges padded with foam tubing, and a hole cut out of the area behind the head. The seat is a velcro-attached cotton sling, adjustable in depth, suspended in the tube. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. Sewing. Assembly.

Slide Projector Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Kodak Carousel projectors have a remote control switch that can be modified for use with severely disabled persons. Switch can be activated be a cheek, chin, or other body part to change pictures on a screen that is positioned within visual range. Device is made from Kodak Carousel projector with remote control switch, round lid from a plastic food container 4 to 5 inches in diameter and a sturdy piece of string. COMMENTS: This projector is not battery

Sliding Board Modification.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Strap is added to a wood transfer board to aid in lifting and positioning it. Using a standard wood transfer board with beveled ends, drill, sand and varnish two slots 1/1/2 by 1/2 inch. The slots are 16 inches and 12 inches from one end of the board and 12 inches and 8 inches from the other end of the board. Loop 16 inches of 1 inch wide Dacron web strap through the slots and sew end to end to form a loop. Loop should be large enough to put hand throu

Sliding Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Used to bridge space between two surfaces so the person can move or be moved from one surface to the other by sliding in a seated position. Directions and diagram for making a beveled wooden sliding board. similar to commercially available transfer board. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Fahland, B. TITLE: Wheelchair Selection: More Than Choosing a Chair With Wheels. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Institute, Minneapolis, MN; p 46. 1976.

Sliding Bookshelf.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bookshelf to provide easy access to office materials for persons with limited reach. Bookshelf is built for specific needs regarding number of shelves and horizontal or vertical placement. The bookshelf is mounted on two " accuride" drawer slides. The slides are attached to the desk. Multiple narrow horizontal shelves can be provided for access to individual papers. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machine

Sling Towel.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted towel to assist person with limited arm motion. Webbing or twill tape loops are sewn to each end of a towel allowing the towel to be used as a sling. The towel should be approximately 38 by 20 inches. Fold the towel in half lengthwise and stitch the long side together. Cut the tape into two pieces 11 inches long. Position the tape at each corner forming a loop and stitch. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A. TIT

Slip With Front Zipper.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Zip-front slip for easier dressing. A lightweight nylon or polyester zipper, about 16 inches in length, sewn into the front of a slip. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 136 NARIC CALL NUMBER: RO866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1978.

Small Front Leg Dog Wheelchair

Small Front Leg Dog Wheelchair is designed for use by dogs that do not have use of their front legs as a result of a congenital abnormality, amputation or an illness.

Small Holder For Knitting Needle.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder enables those with use of one hand to knit or crochet. Knitting needle or crochet hook is inserted into hardwood holder. Holder is held in place on table or other surface with suction feet. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p 272 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3360 PA

Small Item Storage Solution For Van

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with Friedrich's ataxia to carry small items in a van which might get entangled in wheelchair wheels. Attach 3M picture hangers to the wall of the van within reach. They can used to hold a cell phone charger, coffee mug, and other small items. MATERIALS: 3M Picture Hangers. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Quest Extra: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/quest/extra/qe14-5_diy.html REF: Volume 14, Number 5

Small Parts Counting Aids.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to help count small metal items for packaging; useful to persons who have trouble counting exactly and for persons who have difficulty manipulating small objects. Describes two part device: a holder and a magnetized lifter. The holder is a block of wood drilled with holes sized to hold one object each. The objects are brushed across the board until the holes are full; then the extras are brushed off. The lifter has magnetized pegs which correspo

Small Pvc E-Tran

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with communication disabilities to communicate. To make this device, using a hack saw or PVC cutting tool, cut the 52 inches of PVC tubing into one 16-inch segment, two 14-inch segments and four two-inch segments. Insert each 14-inch segment of PVC tubing into a PVC tee connector. Insert the other end of each 14-inch segment into a PVC elbow. Join the two 14-inch segments using the 16-inch segment by inserting each end of the 16-inch seg

Small Toy Car Holder

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create an adapted small toy car holder for children with grasping and fine motor skill disabilities. Using the hot glue gun, glue the top cover (lid) of the film canister to the roof of the toy car. Attach the film canister is attached to the lid and can then be used by a child as a handle to propel the toy car. The bottom of the canister can be removed for children not requiring the “handle” without interfering with the car’s function. MATERIALS

Smartband

Smartband DIY is a wearable technology that can keep track of your physical activity, provide a vibration to alert you to a phone call or a text message.

Smartcane

DO-IT-YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create an electronic travel visual aid device which fits on the top fold of the white cane. It serves as an enhancement to white cane and overcomes its limitations by detecting knee above and hanging obstacles. For safe mobility, it is important that such obstacles are detected early. The cane has other uses as a spatial awareness device as it can detect presence/absence of objects in the surroundings. Further, as compared to the white cane, the detection dis

Snowmobile Rack

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a manual wheelchair to transport the wheelchair while snowmobiling. A one-piece bolt-on frame to carry the chair was constructed of steel tubing. A hole was drilled in the wheelchair frame to mount a bracket. A chain was attached to prevent losing the mounting pin. Hinge and clamping bolts were used for security. As the rack tends to rotate around the lift bar, double-sided tape can be used to prevent this; however a dowel pin to

Soap Dish Switch

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities to operate switch-adapted toys or devices. To make this switch, drill two 3/16-inch diameter holes in the top of the soap dish. Drill matching holes in the Plexiglas or other material to be used for the paddle top of the switch. Drill one 7/16-inch diameter hole in the top of the soap dish for the switch. Drill a quarter-inch diameter hole in the center of one end of the soap dish botto

Socket Wrench Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder enables one handed changing of sockets. Device is clamped to a work bench in an upright position. Constructed from 2 wooden blocks, fastened to each other at right angle. Drill hole down center of upright block to snuggly fit specific wrench used. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employment of Handicapped People. REF: Book: Vocational

Sofa Or Chair Raiser

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with lower extremity, balance, or mobility disabilities or arthritis to enter or exit a chair more easily. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article describes how to create a box platform to increase the height of a chair or sofa from two to four inches, depending on the needs of the user. The article includes detailed instructions and multiple illustrations depicting the various stages of the project. F

Soft / Writing Drawing Grips

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping or fine motor disabilities to hold pens, pencils, crayons, or paint brushes. To make these grips, take a 35-millimeter film canisters and cut an "x" in the bottom. The size of the "x" should correspond to the diameter of the writing or drawing implement. Slide the writing or drawing tool through the "x" to create a large gripping surface. The user can hold the tool in a tripod grasp, modified tripod grasp or in a palmar gra

Solution To Self Catheterization In The Female With Upper Extremity Weakness

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Use of a surgical self- retaining retractor as a labia retractor to permit self-catheterization for a female C6-S7 quadriplegic. Describes use of a Weitlaner, an instrument used in the operating room to retract tissue, as an instrument to keep the labia retracted to enable a C-7 quadriplegic woman to catheterize herself in a sterile manner. Once opened the instrument remains that way until a release bar is pushed. The tips of the instrument are wrapped in gauz

Some Tips From A Disabled Driver.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple devices and suggestions for locking and unlocking the passenger door from the driver's seat, holding doors open, putting things in the trunk, and supporting the right arm while driving. Suggests using a length of wood with a notch in the end for locking the opposite door, another stick to prop open the trunk door, a cane to pull things from the rear of the trunk, and padding a small wooden box with foam to rest the right arm on. AUTHOR: Lunt, S

Special Guitar Pick

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with weakness of the hands to use a guitar pick. The Special Pick was constructed of moldable splint material. The pick of choice is attached first to the "L" shaped form of the holder. The whole form is then heated in near boiling water and, when pliable, wrapped tightly around the thumb and forefinger. Held in this position the hand is run unter cold water until the plastic sets. The end result is a pick firmly held in the correct posit

Special School Teachers, Pupils Hail Quadricycle.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Two bicycles fastened together, to make it possible for disabled children to learn to ride. Describes a quadricycle made by fastening two standard bicycles together with three metal bars, providing a cross connection mechanism to ensure the front wheels turn in unison. Other adaptations include wider than avarage seats, the addition of rollerskate baseplates to the pedals to hold the riders feet on the pedals, and fitting the learner's side with a fixe

Special Trim Tool: Aircraft Window Seals

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a cutting tool to enable a disabled worker to hold the tool in the proper position to trim a molded plastic fitting. Diagrams of a machined aluminum block-shaped tool to hold a commercially available trim blade. COMMENTS: Developed under NIHR grant G008005053 to the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas Rehabilitation Engineering Center. For further information contact: Leonard Anderson, Rehabilitation Engineering Center (above),

Spin Plate

--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself rotating plate for individuals who have upper extremity, fine motor and grasping disabilities or people who only have use of one hand. The do-it-yourself spin plate is a plastic plate mounted on top of a central post by way of two bolts and a wing nut and can be easily removed for cleaning. The post is attached to a swiveling platform allowing the user to easily turn the device with his or her mouth. To assemble, cut the cyli

Spindle Drilling Fixture.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fixture is modified to allow person with use of one hand, and limited reach and stamina to operate a drill press. Fixture is designed with spindle positioned at 45 degree angle to work surface. Spindle is supported by V blocks and an adjustable end stop. A lever clamp holds the spindle in the V blocks. A pneumatically driven power feed drill is used to perform drilling operation. Includes diagram. COMMENTS: For further information contact Cerebral Pals

Spiral Finger Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons who do not have good pincer grasp or who need the finger supported while strumming. Pick is attached to a spiral of orthoplast that is formed on the desired finger. Can be used with contracted fingers, and can be turned so its strumming end is wither on the dorsal, ventral or lateral surface of the finger. Can also be used on a toe or with mouth sticks. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE:

Split Spirals.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Spirals used as multi- purpose holders. Demonstrates some of the uses of spirals cut from flexible pipe: holding multiple strands of yarn or rope, fastened to a piece of plastic to hold a pencil, toothbrush or lipstick for someone with limited hand use, or fastened to a wall or workbench to keep tools in place. Includes instructions and drawings. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 30-31

Sponge Painting Handles

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping or fine motor disabilities to participate in a sponge painting activity. To make these handles for cut-out sponges to provide a more secure grasp for painting, use a plastic dish scrubber as a knobbed handle. Cut the curled nylon scrubbing surface off the scrubber handle, and hot-glue the cut-out sponge piece on the scrubber base. If the user cannot grasp a knobbed handle, use a grill scrubbing tool or a floor scrubbing too

Spool Roll.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides prone positioning to prevent hyperextension and internal rotation of the upper extremities of child in prone position. Using a spool that comes with rolls of chain or rope, cut a bottom edge from each disk on the ends of the spool so the spool will no longer roll. Place the flat edges on the floor and pad the center of the roll with a towel and place child prone over the center roll with the extremities forward. a small pillow may be placed un

Spoon Plate: A Self-Feeding Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plate with a spoon-deep depression around the edge, which, when mounted at mouth level allows a person with little or no arm function to feed independently. Describes a plate made of Kydex, about 10 inches in diameter, with a spoon-deep groove around its edge from which a person can take food. The plate is divided into four sections, and can be rotated to allow choice of foods. Provides instructions for fabrication, and criteria for use including oral

Spray Can Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device that allows a spray can to be operated by a pushing motion of the hand. Device made of a wire loop bent into a U attached to a metal strip using a smaller metal strip bent in half and pop rivets. The wire is fastened to the can with a size 40 hose clamp. The metal strip is bent to go over the top of the nozzle of the can then down, so that pressure on it forces the nozzle down. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make

Spray Can Extension Aids.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Devices to allow persons with weak hands to use spray cans. Diagrams and photographs of simple devices made of 1/16 inch hard aluminum to make it easier to operate two types of spray cans. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Bhatia, L; Hoover, G TITLE: Spray Can Extension Aids JOURNAL: Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy REF: Vol 48 no 2, Apr 1981: p 90 PAGES ( including cover): 2 1981.

Spring Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Spring board to help teach a child balance or to play on. Instructions for constructing a spring board with two sheets of plywood, nine springs (6 inches long, 2 inches in diameter and 2 lb/inch compression) nuts and mushroom head bolts with strips of metal to hold the springs, and foam padding with vinyl to cover. Includes list of materials and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents wi

Spring-Grip Cylindrical Handle for Pointer & Drawing Implements

Spring-Grip Cylindrical Handle for Pointer & Drawing Implements is a molded thermoplastic adaptive handle with a spring operated “gripper” which allows easy “click-in” and “click-out” mounting of dowel pointers, colored pencils, paintbrushes and other narrow ended tools.

Square Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Chair with sides and a pommel to provide support for a child who cannot sit alone. Instructions for constructing a chair of plywood - 1 back, 1 seat and 2 sides - and a dowel for a pommel. The pommel can be made adjustable by drilling several holes it can fit; it can also be padded, as can the chair. Includes drawings and a list of materials needed. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with a C

Stabilization Of A Box Or Bag Used In Packing

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Box and bag holders are used to stabilize containers to facilitate filling them, for persons with use of one hand only. Describes an upright bag holder, a tilted box holder and an upright box holder intended to anchor the containers so they can be filled by persons with use of one hand. The frames are made of wood, one with a lucite flap, and can be made stable with a clamp, foam or rubber on the bottom, or can be bolted down. Variations used to accomodate dif

Stabilized Regular Or Loop Household Scissors

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY -------DESRIPTION: Household loop scissors (that include finger holes in addition to the loop handle) or regular household scissors mounted onto a wooden base. PURPOSE: To enable students who have severe motor limitations to participate in cutting tasks. Following are some of the ways in which stabilized loop scissors have been used: The student presses the scissors with the dominant hand while an adult turns the paper. The student presses the scissors with a mouth

Stair Climber.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Portable wooden step with handle provides extra support and reduces effort required to climb standard height stairs. Long handle is attached to rectangular wooden base. Handle side of step is 1 3/4 inches in height; other side is 5 1/ 4 inches in height. This difference in height reduces the depth of stair steps. To use, place the aid at the bottom of the stairs. Put the left and then the right foot on the stair climber. Place the left foot on the step

Stairway Trolley, Walker.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lightweight hand operated trolley, or pulley device which rides on a stair railing to pull a walker or other light objects up stairs. Photographs and diagram of a triangular-shaped aluminum frame with nylon casters to ride on a 1 5/8 inch stair rail, and another caster at the bottom which rides along the wall. Carrier hooks, as for holding a bicycle, are attached to hold the walker. The device is pulled upstairs with a nylon cord passed through a small

Standard Bathboard And Adaptations Ideas Exchange.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bathboard is designed to fit standard bathtubs that have a 2 inch lip on the side attached to bathroom wall; can be adapted to fit various tub widths and to raise seat height whenever getting on and off low surfaces is difficult; backrest may also be added. Bathboard seat is contructed of fir wood joined by wood screws and finished with clear gloss floor finish; backrest is made of plywood joined by wood screws and staples; velcro strips and fasteners

Standard Chair Conversion: 2: Backrest.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: High back provides more support in a classroom chair. Back for a classroom chair made of plywood to fit the width of the chair and torso height of the child. Additional head support and harnesses depend on medical advisor. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 38-39. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL

Standing Belt.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stand belt helps individuals lacking functional standing balance. The standing belt is made from a leather weight-lifting belt to which is riveted a boat- trailer strap (both items are available in major sporting goods stores). The trailer strap has a buckle to adjust the length. It is attached to the belt at the center with four or five rivets. most trailer straps have S-hooks at one or both ends. These are replaced with snap hooks for easy attachment

Standing Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Standing board provides assistance for children unable to stand without support. Also enables children to practice weight bearing activities and to improve balance and circulation. Plywood standing aid consists of a standing board and footboard attached to form an L shape and sit on a platform base. Support boards, including a hinged catch strip are attached to the back of the standing board. The hinged catch strip allows the standing board to be adjus

Standing Frame

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide a low-cost standing frame for a woman with mobility disabilities. Just above the feet of each leg of a discarded, but usable, walker with no wheels, drill one hole, front to back. Pass a long bolt through the resulting holes on each leg. Place the walker on a piece of plywood, slightly wider than the walker, and approximately 18 inches deeper. Place the front of the walker two inches from one end of the plywood. Use a pipe straps to attach each bolt to the ply

Standing Table.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Table with built-in supports to allow a child who cannot stand unaided to maintain an upright position. Describes construction of a pine and plywood table, measured to fit the child, with a fitted cutout, a door to hold the child against the cutout, and knee and foot supports to hold the child upright. Lists materials needed; provides diagrams and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hofmann, R B TITLE: How to Build Special Furniture and

Standing Wedge For Increasing Ankle Dorsiflexion.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable wedge designed to be used to promote ankle dorsiflexion by stretching the achilles tendon. Describes construction and uses of a standing wedge, made of a 54 by 7 by 3/4 inch piece of wood, 2 hinges (6 screw), and wood stripping. The wood is cut into 3 pieces to make a base, standing surface and swinging support, and the pieces are hinged together. The stripping is used to make stops for the support, allowing adjustment of the wedge from 20 t

Stapler, Office-Shop.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stapler fastened to a base to prevent movement and with an oversize handle to allow use by persons with serious functional limitations of the upper extremities. Base and oversize handle for a stapler made of shop plywood and polyfoam. Lists dimensions and includes a photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact Jerome Rubino, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, 622 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11230. Developed by Marina Greco, John Mau

Stay Put Folder

Stay Put Folder is designed for use by students with limited upper extremity strength and coordination to assist in keeping papers in place while writing.

Sticky-Back Label Peeler

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to enable someone with the use of one hand only to remove sticky-back labels from their backing. Describes a device, made of wood with 4 small steel paper guides, through which the strip of labels on backing is threaded. The backing paper is pulled directly down over an edge and the labels separate and continue to move forward. Includes a diagram. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Ross, L M; ed TITLE: Problem Solving With Rehabilitation Engi

Stool For Use In Shower Stall.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stool for use in the shower for people who have difficulty showering due to muscle weakness, pain or shortness of breath. Shower stool made of plywood 16 by 16 inches and with legs 20 by 2 by 2 inches; there is a skirting about 6 inches deep around the stool, and a cutout section on the seat extending part way down the front skirting. Can be made with or without a back. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Stewart, M; Bell, J TITL

Strapped Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons with minimal or no pincer grasp, or no functional thumb prehension. Standard felt or plastic pick can be fixed to the end of a finger with a velcro strap. On ventral surface of finger standard strumming patterns can be used. Can also be attached to the dorsal surface of the finger to strum in the supine position. Can be used with a toe. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapte

Stroke Rehab Exerciser

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals undergoing stroke rehabilitation of the arms to exercise independently. This modified chair has two 5/8-inch steel "runners" firmly attached on either side with both vertical and horizontal sponge padded steel slider tubes that allow for consistent, controlled exercise of both the left and right arm, as required. Another chair on either side allows for multiple users. TITLE: The Stroke Rehab Exerciser. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http:

Stroller Insert.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A solid seat insert for the over-sized strollers with fabric seats. A wooden solid seat and back are built to rest on the metal rails of the stroller. It's covered with foam and an abductor block is attached to the front of the seat. The back can be flat or have angled side as scapular bars. Trunk supports and side blocks can be added if needed. Cover with vinyl. Includes pictures and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Adrienne Bergen TITLE

Study Planner

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist students with cognitive or learning disabilities to plan for tests and homework requirements. Each student fills out a daily planner for each hour of the school day. For each class, students write what was done in the class and what homework was assigned. Stdents also make notations as to when assignments are due and when tests are scheduled. Planners are signed by parents on Friday. MATERIALS: Student class planner. AUTHOR: Wendt, S. TITLE: Assistive

Style Is Style.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Suggestions for maintaining a good appearance for a wheelchair user with little muscle tone, including a minor adaption to shirts. Suggests 1) wearing a corset to improve appearance; and 2) having slits cut into the sides of shirts to allow the chest strap to stay under the shirt and out of sight. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kilgour, K D TITLE: Style is Style JOURNAL: Clinical Forum REF: Vol 1 no 1, 1986: np PAGES (including cove

Stylus For Children

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To create a stylus with common household materials for children with limited fine motor control to access touch tablets. Instructions provided for making a stylus at www.arearrangedlife.com/adapting/ipad-stylus. AUTHOR: Miriam aRearrangedLife.

Sugru Diy Accessibility Switch

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY -------DESCRIPTION: A thermoplastic cuff formed to the thigh which has a pointer attached to it. This device allows an individual to point on a communication board, play certain musical instruments, paint, etc. PURPOSE: To offer students who have some control of hip movements (but very poor or absent head, arm, or hand control) a method for interacting with the objects in their environment.

Supermarket Bingo

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To teach supermarket recognition and mobility to students who are blind or who have low vision. Following foundational lessons in store layout and product identification, students should be familiarized with the primary parts of a specific local store, as well as locations related to those parts. The focus should then be on specific sections with the understanding that most products found within a section are related to each other. When these concepts are in place, the g

Support For Drooping Head.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A pulley device to assist holding head erect for persons with degenerative disease of the central nervous system. A three foot wooden ski tip has a slot cut in the tip and a stationary pulley is mounted on the back of the ski. The ski is installed vertically in the middle of the back of the wheelchair by use of U-shaped metal clamps which fasten the ski to the back upholstery of the chair. a smaller pulley is attached at midline about 6 inches below th

Suspension Stand.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable stand for holding instruments. The suspension stand is a wooden stand on a wheeled base. The mast of the stand is perpendicular to the base and can be adjusted 3 to 5 feet. Perpendicular to the mast is a 2 foot arm with a hook from which small instruments can be suspended. The stand can be used with people in beds, wheelchair or on the floor. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR:Clark C. and Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments

Swimming Noodle Pieces To Prevent Injury

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a light weight, easy to carry foam noodle pieces to protect a child with myoclonic jerks from injuring his- or herself during shopping trips. Using a swimming pool noodle; cut the noodle into sections which can cover the metal areas of the shopping cart. These pieces are easy to construct, light weight, and easy to carry while protecting the child from injuring themselves in the shopping cart. MATERIALS: Swimming pool noodle. TOOLS: Cuttin

Swing Down Clothes Rack.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hinged clothes rack provides full access to upper clothes rack for persons in wheelchair, or those of short stature. Closet is divided into two levels, with an accessible height lower rod. the upper rod is hinged by attachments to the walls. It swings down by grabbing a vertical bar which then becomes a standing support when the closet rod is in a horizontal position. This type of hardware is sold by companies specializing in closets and storage, and i

Swingboard

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself device allowing for vestibular activity for a child with mobility disabilities that is also safe, partially self-sustaining, and easily moved. The swing board is a plywood base with 6 inch tall holding boards. The holding boards prevent the child from rolling off the side of the swing board. The child can lay prone or supine on the board while a caretaker pushes him or her to create the vestibular stimulation of swinging. T

Switch Adapted Giggle Pig

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To make a toy accessible by adding a switch for children with limited fine and gross motor development. PREPPARATION Step 1: For this Instructable you will need the following: 1. Drill with 1/4 inch or drill bit. 2. Glue Gun. 3 Soldering iron and solder. 3. Wire strippers and two pieces of small gauge wire. 4 Jelly bean Switch or similar to test your work. 5. Small electronics sized Philips screw driver. 6. Giggle pig, cow, dog or the like. 7

Switch Adapted Mouse

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury to use a computer mouse. To adapt a mouse, disassemble the mouse. (Caution: disconnect the mouse from the computer before attempting any modifications. Electric shock can occur otherwise.) Using a screw driver, locate and remove the fastening screws on the mouse. (These are usually located on the underside of the mouse and may be hidden). Some mice require additi

Switch Adapted Water Blaster

Switch Adapted Water Blaster is designed for use by individuals with limited upper extremity strength and coordination associated with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury or motor neuron disorder.  It can be used while you water your plants, play target practice outdoors or in your bath, create splatter art, or cool your dog down on a hot day,

T-Shirt With Separating Zipper In Side Seam And Sleeve.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: T-shirt with a zipper under one arm and down the side, allowing it to open completely on one side for easier dressing and undressing for someone with limited arm movement. Instructions for making and for adapting T-shirts with a long zipper down one side. Includes photograph. Also suggests using large nylon zippers with easily grasped zipper pulls on T-shirts to make it easier for children to dress themselves. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernalegu

T-Shirt With Shoulder Opening.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: T-shirt with snap closing shoulder seam to allow it to be more easily pulled over a child' s head. Adaptation of a standard T-shirt: One shoulder seam is unstitched, the edges bound with twill tape (or seam binding) and snap fasteners sewn in. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 146 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1

Table Attachment.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Table attachment to allow a child to sit with the rest of the family at meal times. Plywood board 12 by 24 inches with a semicircle cut to fit against the child. It is fastened to the table or desk with G clamps. Includes drawing and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 56-57. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC

Table Sandbox

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself sandbox for a child with cerebral palsy. A table 2 by 3 feet is set at a height such that the user’s chair just slides under. The table has 4 inch sides to contain the sand, but the center of the front all is reduced by 2 inches to give the user better access. The table is covered with several coats of marine varnish and a snug fitting lid allowing the box to be left outdoors. TITLE: The Table Sandbox. WEBSITE: Workshop Sol

Table Saw Fixture.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fixture helps overcome difficulty in operating power equipment by persons with unsteadiness of hands or arms. This board fixture slides in the table saw mitre slots. The workpiece is safely held in place with a fence clamp arrangement. The movable cutting table is made of 3/4 inch plywood. Rails and handles are made of hardwood. COMMENTS: Developed by Dr Ken Bruwelheide Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Boze

Table Saw Guide.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Used by a blind person to set the width of the fence from the saw blade. Device is made from plastic pipes cut into different lengths from 1/2 inch to 8 inches. A file is used to mark the size of each (e.g., 4 grooves indicates 4 inches). The proper size pipe is placed against the saw blade and the fence is moved against the opposite end. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Russ Gage, 4820 South 20th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221, 414

Table Tennis Ball Retriever

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled table tennis ball retriever for use by someone with limited mobility or who is unable to bend over to pick up items from floor. A commercial golfer' s rake with a 12 foot telescopic handle is purchased and the opposite side of the rake end is modified with a ball retriever. Two pieces of metal strapping material are attached in a cross pattern. The ends are shaped to easily spring open over a ball when downward pressure is applied. Include

Table To Facilitate Donning Stubby Prostheses By Bilateral Above-Knee Amputees.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Using short stubby prostheses in elderly bilateral above-knee amputees has been advocated by several experts. A table was designed to facilitate donning stubby prostheses. Table is made of 3 sheets of 3/4" plywood 18 inches square. The table measures 18 inches in height, width, and depth. This height was selected to facilitate the table's use from the patient's wheelchair or bed. Across the top of the table is a horizontal platform with two cutout slot

Table Top Communication Display

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a simple tabletop display to provide an accessible communication alternative for an individual with intellectual and/or communication disabilities. Lay a four-sided grater on the Velcro sensitive fabric on its side. Trace the outline of both the wide & narrow sides of the grater. Cut two of each size to cover all four sides of the grater. Glue the fabric to the grater with hot glue. If the communication symbols are not mounted on tag b

Table Top Communicator

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To create a small adapted communication tool for use during meal and snack time for children with communication disabilities.

Tactile Archery Equipment

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide do-it-yourself tactile equipment for archery competition for individuals who are blind. There are three types of tactile equipment recommended for blind archery: a foot locator, a tripod, and a tactile sighting device. Foot locators can be made of wood based on diagrams from BBS Archery. A basic telescopic camera or music tripod which can be easily transported can be adapted to hold a tactile sighting device. Finally, a tactile sighting device is anyt

Tactile Attendance Board

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a blind receptionist to track availability of staff members. Magnetic markers are placed on a grid to indicate the "in" or "out" status of staff members. Thin lines of self-adhesive foam are applied to the board to tactiley mark its columns and rows, and braille is added to the name markers and the in and out indicators. AUTHOR: Buskirk, J. & Gillespie, J. TITLE: Adaptations for An Agency Receptionist. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter

Tactile Markings For Restaurant Hostess

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with low vision to identify seating sections in a restaurant. An individual working as a hostess in a restauant was unable to identify numbered seating sections in the restaurant because inch-high white numbers painted at the bottom of each seating section were inaccessible. The solution was to install short, round-head screws colored to match the in the top of each booth in the separate seating sections. Simply by touching the booth, the hostes

Tactile Matching Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Intended to give a child tactile experience. Plywood board 8 by 18 inches marked into 12 sections; various materials with different surfaces (corrugated cardboard, sandpaper, rubber, various cloths) are glued onto 6 sections and matching materials are glued onto 6 pieces of 3 by 4 inch wood pieces. The child can then put the blocks on the squares next to the matching surface. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for

Tactile Quilt

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a one-year-old child who is blind with the opportunity to explore different textures. Squares of fabric of varying textures are sewn together into a quilt. To provide additional textures, fabric paint is used to create thick dots on a square and beads are sewn in a pattern on another square. Jingle bells can be sewn between two or more of the squares to provide auditory stimulus. Personal items from the child's family also can be attached to individu

Tactile/auditory Yes/no Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tactile auditory board to allow a visually impaired, non-verbal child to respond "yes" or "no" to a question by pressing one of two switches. Describes and pictures a plastic board with two switches, each of which makes a distinct sound when triggered, one for yes, one for no. Half of a tennis ball and half of a smooth ball serve as "ready" positions on which the child's hands are placed. Materials required include a sheet of fiberboard (masonite) abou

Tailgate Opener

Tailgate Opener is designed for use by individuals with limited upper extremity strength and coordination associated with stroke, arthritis, back injuries, or multiple sclerosis.

Take A Step Up.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Serves as a step up to make one big step into two smaller steps; also serves as a carrying case for small items. Hollow box made of wood with variations that include a shoulder strap or short tape measure to provide a means of picking up the box and a rod to help steady user. COMMENTS: Illustration only without listed materials and measurements SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. TITLE: Take a Step Up JOURNAL: Accent on Living REF: Winter 1984: p 70 PAGES (i

Talking Coin Counter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Talking coin counter to allow a blind person to independently count and sort a large volume of mixed coins. Brandt Model 963 Microsortt coin counter was interfaced with a Digital Pathways SLC-II Microcomputer and a software program developed by the Office Information Systems, Inc. of Minneapolis. Can be connected to printer for hard copy record. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: TITLE: Talking Coin Counter REF: Article: Minnesota State Services for

Talking Counter

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Talking coin sorter to assist blind vending route operators with money management. Describes adaptation of a Brandt Model 963 Microsort Coin Counter using a Digital Pathways SLC-II microcomputer and a program developed by the Business Enterprises Program, Minnesota State Services for the Blind as an interface to allow a blind operator to obtain a spoken message giving the sum total counted and the sum for each denomination coin. COMMENTS: For informati

Talking Photo Frame Switch

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities and communication disabilities to communicate. Talking Photo Frames may be adapted to create a small talking switch that can be used as a beginning augmentative communication device. The lid of the photo frame is used as a switch to activate the voice. This eliminates the need for a separate switch and there are no wires from the switch to the voice-output device. A picture and/or textu

Tap Spanners.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Devices for turning taps on and off using push or pull motions for persons with limited hand strength or dexterity. Illustrates construction of simple devices to turn taps, made of plywood cut in a paddle shape with dowels fastened to the wide end. The dowels fit around the tap, allowing it to be levered on or off. The device for taps with an even number of spokes has 4 dowels, that for an odd number has 3 dowels. Includes diagrams, drawings and photog

Tap Turner

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The Tap Turner provides leverage for those with limited ability to turn taps and knobs. Illustrates a device made of 8 inches of an aluminum bar 1 by 1/8 inches with two pieces of 3/8 by 1 by 4 inches wood made into a handle; and two carriage bolts fastened 1 1/2 inches apart on the other end (or it can be made adjustable by making several holes on the strip and the inside bolt movable, fastened with a wing nut). SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Woodwork

Tape Deck Modification.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification to the tape deck switches for ease of use by someone with out good finger control. The mode switch was redesigned to make selection easier by increasing the size and shape of the switch and decreasing the amount of force required to turn it on. The record button was modified by a spring steel push bar eliminating precise finger dexterity. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Bob Warren, UCP of Akron, 318 Water Street,

Tape Recorder Adaptation For Low Force Actuation

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows a person with limited finger strength to actuate tape recorder control buttons. Commercially available tape recorder is placed into a wooden unit which has custom positioned levers and/or sliding arms. Two versions are shown in photographs. Concepts can be applied to other models of tape recorders. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Emp

Tape Recorder Control For Persons With Limited Hand Function

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Base and sliding extended lever adaptation for a small (approximately 1 1/2 by 7 by 4 1/ 2 inches: minisette-9 tape recorder from Radio Shack) tape recorder to allow its use by a person with limited hand function. The recorder is fastened to a jig made of aluminum, plastic or wood with rubber feet to keep it from moving around. A clear plastic lever is attached to a rod with a teflon block, and this slides along a rod suspended fron the jig with angle

Tape Recorder Operable By Chin Switch

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Independent operation of a portable tape recorder by a person with no upper extremity use. Example described is for a person with bilateral upper extremity amputation. Attach a tape recorder to a camera shoulder strap, so recorder can be worn over the shoulder. mount a microphone on the shoulder strap, positioned close to the individuals mouth. Mount a switch on the shoulder strap, positioned where it can be turned on and off by the individual's chin.

Teacher-Made Adapted Devices For Archery, Badminton, And Table Tennis

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Desire to have a teenage boy with muscular dystrophy participate in activities with his peers led to creation of an adapted archery bow. This student was only able to move forearms, wrists, and fingers independently. A 3/16 inch piece of aluminum is cut in the shape of the belly of the bow. Holes are drilled into the bow so that fasteners can be inserted. The aluminum piece is bolted to the fasteners. A piece of wood is cut measuring 1 1/2 inches squar

Teapot Pouring Stand.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stable hinged platform to hold hot or heavy containers such as tea or coffee pots, and to pour the liquid by tilting, rather than lifting the pot. Provides a pattern and instructions for building a pouring stand for tea or coffee pots, made of plywood and a piece of dowelling. Includes drawings and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 74-79 NARIC

Teddy Bright-Eyes.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Teddy bear head with eyes that can light up (controlled by an adult) as a reward for appropriate play with toys. Encourages purposeful play. A buzzer or other noisemaker can also be included. Instructions for making a device to encourage a child to play. A teddy bear head is cut out of wood (6 by 6 inches) with holes drilled for the eyes. This is covered with furry fabric; the nose part can be filled with stuffing and a plastic safety nose added. Provi

Telephone Call Aid For Problems Of Visual Sequencing

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Enables people with visual sequencing, tracking, or memory problems to make a telephone call independently. Dialing aid is constructed of one spiral bound pad of 3 by 5 inch cards, 7 marking pens that are different colors that include green and red and transparent tape. A digit is printed on each card in desired sequence using a different color for each digit. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Ores, L; Parent, L TITLE: Telephone Call Aid for Problems

Telephone Dialing Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Three telephone dialing aids for those with limited use of their hands. Illustrates three variations on a telephone dialer: 1) A marble or any 5/8 inch ball glued to a short piece of 1/4 inch tubing which is glued into a hole drilled in a size 2 file handle; 2) A 5/16 inch rivet glued into a hole drilled into the end of a size 2 file handle; 3) A pen or narrow dowel glued to a hole drilled in a 5/8 inch wooden ball. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assemb

Telephone Holders.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a telephone receiver in a convenient position so that lifting and holding it are unnecessary when strength or range of motion is limited. Receiver holder made of a non-tip base, gooseneck from a lamp, and a bar fastened to the top of the gooseneck, with screw clamps to hold the receiver. The telephone buttons are held down with a metal bar when the phone is not in use. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: Developed by the Occupational Therapy De

Telephone Holster

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair to transport and keep within reach a cordless telephone. A tube with an open top and a closed bottom was made of weatherproof material. The tube was fastened underneath the wheelchair seat with the phone's antenna extending into reach while staying close to the side of the chair. TITLE: The Telephone Holster. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/telhol.htm. REF: The originator,Bru

Telephone.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy telephone to encourage a child to speak. "Telephone" made of 3 yards or so of garden hose with plastic funnels pushed into each end. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 112- 113. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3463 PAGES (including cover): 2 1983.

Telescoping Light Switch Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Telescoping rod for reaching light switches. Telescoping radio or television antenna with a small rubber furniture tip on one end and a ring on the other; can be used to push or pull a switch. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1183 PAGES (including cover): 2 1976.

Temporary Wheelchair Headrest

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows those without a wheelchair headrest to have a supportive rest that can be efficiently attached and removed from the chair. PVC pipes are attached to the chair and foam cover as well as vinyl create a soft cushion for the head. COMMENTS: The headrest allows those with a wheelchair to have a cushioned head support.

Textured Die-Cut Ornaments

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To enable individuals to create simulated braille on ornaments. Fabric paint applied to die-cut ornaments creates a tactile image. Using a Simulated Braille Technique (see entry), a braille message can be added to the ornament. Required supplies include die-cut shapes of craft foam or flat shapes of other stiff materials, soap flakes, corn syrup, tempera paint, hole punch, and ribbon or yarn. Punch a hole in the top of each shape to hold a ribbon or yarn hanger. Use one

Thermostat Adaptation

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with low vision or who use wheelchairs to see where a thermostat is set. To adapt a round, dial-style thermostat, set the thermostat to a temperature that is normally comfortable. Put glue at the 12 o'clock and six o'clock positions on the thermostat and place the dowel on the glue so the top of the dowel is at the 12 o'clock position. Tape in place. When the glue dries, remove the tape. To further adapt the thermostat, put numbers on the wal

Thermostat Control Arm

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities and who uses a wheelchair to adjust the thermostat in her apartment. A frame of copper tubing was already mounted on the wall near the thermostat in order to mount an Adjustable Telephone Support. The frame has spare space, and additional items can easily be attached to it using small, narrow hose clips. A new bracket, complete with a lever, was assembled and attached to the frame. The user is able get to

Thigh Pointer

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY -------DESCRIPTION: A thermoplastic cuff formed to the thigh which has a pointer attached to it. This device allows an individual to point on a communication board, play certain musical instruments, paint, etc.

Thirty Degree Prone Positioning Board For Children With Gastroesophageal Reflux.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prone positioner for infants, intended to hold the child at 30 degrees after feeding to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Describes construction of a prone positioner using 24 by 36 inches of Orthoplast bent around and fastened at the corners, creating a 30 degree angle (to allow for the child's weight and compression), with the opening filled with dense foam. An 8 by 20 inch piece of Orthoplast is molded into a cone shape and fastened near the bottom e

Threaded Bricks.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Frame with dowels and differently shaped blocks with holes in them. Placing the blocks on the dowels exercises the hand. Instructions for building a plywood U shaped frame with three dowel posts on one side and wood blocks with holes in them to be placed on the posts. Includes list of materials needed and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p

Three Sided Box.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prevents a child positioned on a wedge cushion from rolling over or sliding down in seat. For use in conjunction with a 10 by 5 inch Tiny Tot wedge. Wooden box has two 20 by 10 inch sides mounted on a base 20 by 13 inches. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Glickman, L. TITLE: Physical Therapy. REF: Journal: Vol 61 No 1, January. 1981.

Three-Dimensional Aid For Teaching Wheelchair Maintenance.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Visual aid showing the interior and exterior components of a wheelchair. Developed as a training tool in wheelchair maintenance. Describes training tool designed to allow persons with little mechanical experience to see how wheelchair components interrelate. One side represents an exterior view of an intact wheelchair, the other depicts unassembled interior components (i.e., bearings, axles and front post guides). Lists material needed and describes co

Thumbgard.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Protects thumb from being scratched by the fingernails of constantly moving athetoid fingers. Fabric thumb guard reaches from wrist to tip of thumb. Elastic in wrist section keeps guard in place. Recommended as a better alternative than bandages or guards which are tied on. Pattern sketch included, with sewing instructions. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Draves, L. TITLE: Exceptional Parent. REF:Journal: April: p 6. 1987.

Time Teaching Tool For Students With Low Vision

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision in learning to tell time. For a student with low vision, using a standard wall clock as a teaching tool is difficult. The instructor explained that the clock has two hands, a little hand for the hours and a big hand for the minutes. She also explained that if the number to which the big hand was pointing was multiplied by 5, the time would be clear. For example, if the the hour hand pointed to 5 and the minute hand to 4,

To Narrow Your Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Describes method to temporarily narrow a wheelchair. Suggests pulling the front or rear posts of the wheelchair together with a strong leather belt or a straightened coat hanger. AUTHOR: Lunt, S TITLE: Handbook for the Disabled: Ideas and Inventions for Easier Living REF: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons: p 212 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1616 PAGES (including cover): 2 1982.

Toe Cozy.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toe cozy to keep toes warm when wearing a walking cast or other leg cast. Semi-sock made of a soft warm fabric with rib knit edging and an elastic strap that goes around the heel to hold it on. Includes pattern and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 232 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1978.

Toe Toucher

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to enable persons who can't reach their feet to wash and dry their toes. Simple device consisting of a 1/2 inch diameter dowel 18 to 24 inches long, with a 6 inch slit up one end. A washcloth or towel is inserted into the slit and wrapped around the stick to use. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 15 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1126 PAGES (including cover):

Toe Washer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Washcloth on an extended handle enable those with limited reach to wash feet or other areas of the body. Foot washer made of stiff wire bent into a 2 by 4 inch oval with the ends glued into a length of broom handle or crimped to a length of tubing, and a terry cloth bag made to fit over the loop and tie with a drawstring. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, O

Toggle Switch Controlled Electrical Clutch For The White 4-2104Wd Tractor.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Electrical clutch assembly for operators with upper and lower extremity impairments, such as quadriplegia. Custom modification for a White 4-210 4WD tractor, uses an electric actuator that can be operated with a dash mounted toggle switch. A clevis pin that connects the foot pedal to the internal clutch assembly was replaced with a pin that extends about two inches to the outside of the linkage. A 12 volt electric actuator is installed on the side of t

Toilet Bench.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Over the toilet bench the height of a wheelchair seat with an opening in one side to allow a person to slide from the wheelchair and use the toilet. Wooden bench about 3 feet long and as high as a wheelchair seat, with an opening at one end to be positioned above the toilet. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: Submitted by the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bellevue Medical Center, New York University. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. TITLE

Toilet Hygiene Wiper.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled device to hold toilet paper for toilet hygiene. Describes device made of two stainless steel wires bent into 3/4 by 1 1/2 inch ovals, with the ends crimped or glued into a length of 1/4 inch copper or aluminum tubing, the bottom of which is bent into a gentle U shape. The other end can be wrapped with rubber tape. Toilet paper is placed between the two wire loops which are held together with a rubber band. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRE

Toilet Seat For Hemi-Pelvectomy Patients.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toilet seat to enable persons with a hemipelvectomy to use the toilet independently. Describes a seat for a toilet located in an alcove so the seat can be attached to one wall and be pulled down over the toilet to rest on a bar on the opposite wall. The seat is made of 5/8 inch plywood, 15 inches deep with a D shaped hole, padded with foam (extra on the side of the amputation, for support) and covered with washable vinyl tacked on with carpet tacks. In

Toilet Transfer Aid

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a means for those with weak muscles a means of independently getting on and off the toilet. Two one-inch eyehooks are attached to the bathroom ceiling about 16 inches apart and 8 inches in front of the toilet. A length of quarter-inch nylon rope is braided through the hooks, then threaded through 5/16-inch holes in two 1.75-inch wooden dowels, each 18 inches long. The top dowel is placed at the user’s shoulder level and the lower one 8 inches below. B

Tool Clip.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aluminum strip, bent to fit around the palm and back of the hand, with a strap to go around the handle of a short-handled tool, to facilitate holding the tool. Instructions for constructing a device to help hold a tool made of a plastic coated aluminum strip, hook and loop velcro, two 1/2 inch rivets and a 2 inch metal rectangular ring. Lists materials; includes diagram and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Beems, J TITLE: Adaptive Garden Equip

Tool Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wrist holder for small hand tools. Standard wrist splints can be adapted to hold small hand held garden tools. The wrist splints are secured with velcro. Includes drawing of sample application. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401: p 35. PAGES (including cover):1 1984.

Toothbrush Holder For Cleaning Dentures.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple device to hold a toothbrush stationary so a person with one functional hand can clean dentures. Device made of small blocks of wood, one to be held in place with suction cups, the other with a hole drilled longitudinally to fit the toothbrush handle, and both drilled with a small hole so a nail can be slipped through the blocks and the hole in the toothbrush handle. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. TITLE: Self-Help Devices for

Touchable Boxes

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To teach math concepts, spatial orientation, and other concepts to students who are blind or who have low vision. The box begins with a plastic box with a smooth, flat, snap-lock top. Place two strips of self-adhesive Velcro in parallel lines on the lid, so they resemble lines on a sheet of paper. Turn the lid over and attach three parallel lines. This creates a set of worksheet templates. Other configurations and layouts for special uses can be created using additional

Touchless PC Control aka JARBAS

Touchless PC Control aka JARBAS is designed for use by individuals with limited fine motor strength and dexterity associated with arthritis, nerve injury, or upper motor neuron lesions. This device allows the user to access the keyboard without physically touching the keys on the keyboard.

Toy Fence.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small three sided fence to keep toys from rolling out of range of a child with limited movement. Describes small fence made with 4 pieces of 3 by 16 inch plywood hinged together to make a 3 sided barrier that can be folded together for storage. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 104. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC CA

Toy Hanger.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toys can be hung on the plastic tubing at exactly the correct height and distance from the child. The child may lie under the hanger or sit in front of it for stimulation or to play with various types of toys that may be attached with tape. Hanger baseboard is made of plywood cut to 6 by 24 inches. End blocks are contructed of softwood 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 by 2 inches and mounted on plywood base. A 3/4" diameter piece of stiff plastic tubing 4 feet 6 inches

Toy Modification Note: Build It Yourself Battery Interrupter: Revised 1986.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Describes the use of battery interrupters for toys for disabled children and provides instructions for building three types of battery interrupters. Information on construction and use of battery interrupters, or switches, for regular cylindrical batteries, for 9 volt transistor radio type batteries and for use with cassette tape recorders and other devices with a "remote" jack. Includes drawings, a list of sources of information on switches, and a lis

Track Running Guide

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision or blindness in running track events in competition. A rope was stretched the length of the lanes the runners would use and a short piece of PVC pipe was threaded on to each rope, with the pipe being able to move freely along the rope. Volunteers were stationed approximately 15 feet apart to hold the rope at waist level. During the race, the runner holds the pipe, allowing it to glide on the rope to guide him/her down the

Transfer Commode Seat.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted transfer seat on a commercially available commode chair with swing away arms. Allows person to transfer more easily between a wheelchair or bed and the commode chair. The standard seat is removed from a commode chair and a wooden seat is made from 3/4 inch plywood. One side of the seat is extended like a transfer board with a slot near the far end to hook onto the wheelchair frame. Includes pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Eileen

Transistor Radio Cheek Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple cheek switch may be attached to transistor radio to enable child to turn it on with a slight movement of the head. Device is constructed of transistor radio, subminiature lever switch, large bobby pin, plastic coated wire, plastic lid from food container or tennis ball can, cardboard and rosin core solder. COMMENTS: Can be used to teach simple cause and effect relationships to child who has very limited movement. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTH

Trapeze Pull Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Trapeze switch which can be suspended above a child to encourage working on grasping or pulling skills; pulling the switch activates a toy, tape player or light. Pull switch requires 3 feet of sturdy chain, 15 inches of 3/4 inch dowel, 2 metal rings to go through holes drilled in dowel, 6 inches of conductor wire, a subminiature size plug, 3 "quick links" size 2, sewing elastic and masking tape. Explains how to build the trapeze, including soldering th

Travel Cane Splint

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To temporarily repair a travel cane when it breaks at the joint. This splint is designed to be carried in a pocket, purse, or brief case for use when needed. Mark the top and bottom of a length of half-inch diameter CPVC pipe (used for hot water) into quarters. Using a table saw, cut out one quarter of the circumference of the top and bottom for the length of the pipe. Cut the pipe into as many four-inch long sections as the pipe length permits. Smooth the ro

Travel Cane Training Aid

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist in teaching proper use and positioning of a travel cane. This aid can be used when the student is first introduced to the long cane and is learning the constant contact diagonal technique or for teaching the proper width of the arc to students learning to use a cane with a roller tip. To prepare the teacher's guide cane, affix three strips of self-adhesive rough or hook Velcro around the lower shaft near the tip and three strips around the tip. For

Triangle Chair

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Triangle chair to provide back and side support and to keep a child's legs apart. Describes chair made of 3 quarter-circles of plywood fastened together to make seat and support sides; 2 dowels are fastened to the front of the seat to keep the child's legs separated. This can be used on the floor or fastened to a standard chair. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Finnie, N R TITLE: Handling the Young Cerebral Palsied Child at Home REF: New York: E P

Trousers With Zipper In The Side Seam Or Inseam Of The Leg.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Trousers with inseam zipper for persons who wear incontinence appliances, or with zippers on the outside of the leg for persons who wear braces. Instructions for altering trousers by adding zippers. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 24-25 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover): 3 1978.

Trunk Stabilizer.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Trunk stabilizer for positioning person with cerebral palsy in wheelchair. Cloth vest is fabricated with a channel sewn into each side. Dental dam, a soft elastic material, is folded to a width of 4 cm and cut in lengths of 200 cm. The dental dam material is threaded through the channels of the vest with the bottom straps are passed around the chest and tied in back of the wheelchair. The top strap ends pass over the shoulders, down the back between th

Trunks With Envelope For Catheter Bag.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Men's swimming trunks have zippers on each side for ease in dressing. Includes a fold of fabric used to hold a catheter bag. Instructions for adapting swim trunks by adding two side zippers so the garment can be opened flat, and a fabric holder for a catheter bag sewn to the inside of the waistband. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Universit

Tub Frame.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tub frame serves as a bathboard, allowing a parent to bathe the child without straining to lift it out of a deep the bathtub. Instructions for constructing aluminum or wooden models of a tub frame. The aluminum frame is made with 1 1/2 inch diameter aluminum tubing, welded together to form a rectangular frame as wide as the distance from the bathtub wall to the outer edge of the ledge, minus approximately 2 inches, and as long as the tub. Strips of 2 i

Tub Modifications

DO IT YOPURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To make bathing safer and more accessible for individuals with mobility disabilities and seniors. This section of a chapter entitled "Bathroom and Washing Up" provides a selection of suggestions for simple ways to make bathtub use safer and more accessible. Included are discussions about installing a hand-held showerhead and grab bars, purchasing and using a bath or shower bench or chair, ensuring sufficient lighting, installing anti-scalding devices, and adapting s

Turning Door Lock Knobs Made Easy.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted door knobs provide additional leverage for those with limited hand function. Two door knob adaptations are described. The first involves drilling a hole in a crutch tip using a drill bit, inserting a small wooden rod, wrapping the ends of the rod with rubber or electrical tape and placing the crutch tip over the doorknob. The second model involves simply putting a crutch tip over the doorknob to increase the surface area. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assem

Twist Knob Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow a person with difficulty manipulating small objects to deal with small knobs which must be pushed and turned. Manipulating device made of a length of broomstick or dowel drilled and countersunk at one end to take a baby bottle nipple, which is glued inside. This is pushed against the knob which can then be turned. A smaller piece of dowel can be pushed into a hole drilled through the other end of the broomstick to provide more of a grip

Two Choice Communication Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Direct selection communicator device consists of 2 boxes that light up. Each is connected to a separate switch. An object is placed in each box. The child indicates his or her choice by activating the switch which lights the corresponding box. For a child who is beginning to understand language this device can be used to answer questions related to simple object identification. Made of 2 boxes about 5-8 inches square and 4-5 inches deep, two 6 volt lig

Two Directional Rocking Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Two directional rocker switch can be used to make a toy go forward or backward, or operate two devices at the same time. Rocker switch is constructed using 2 pieces of conductor wire, 2 subminiature plugs and 2 brass or copper squares soldered on to a piece of wood. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: More Homemade Battery Devices for Severely Handicapped Children with Suggested Activities REF: Millville, Pennsyl

Two Function Box.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow one switch to turn on two toys with similar voltage requirements. Switch made with a small plastic jewelry or watch box, 1 subminiature size jack, 2 subminiature size plugs and 2 pieces of two conductor 22 gauge stranded wire, 4 feet long. Includes instructions, diagrams, a photograph and possible uses. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. Electronics. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: More Homemade Devices for Severely Handicapped Children With Sugg

Two-Handle Spoon: An Aid For Independent Eating.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Two-handled spoon for use by individuals with limited hand coordination. Describes adaptation of a stainless steel spoon by fastening a handle to it at right angles. The handle can be made of a wooden bar fastened with screws or a plastic bar laminated to the spoon. Cylindrical foam padding can be used to make hand grips. Includes diagram and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Plastics. AUTHOR: Shaw, G; Wright, C TITLE: Two- Handle Spoon: An Aid

Two-Hook Grocery Bag Handle

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or weak grasps to carry plastic grocery bags. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for making this simple device. A cup hook is screwed a short distance from each end of a short length of dowel covered with pipe insulation secured with plastic tape. The loop handles of the plastic grocery bag are looped over the hook for car

TWSU DIY Speaker Kit (Cardboard Speaker)

TWSU DIY Speaker Kit (Cardboard Speaker) is designed for use by individuals who are hard of hearing.  

Typing Table For Wheel Chair.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides typewriter or other table at proper height for wheelchair user. One-legged plywood table measuring 15 inches by 22 inches by 1/2 inch is reinforced with 2 wooden braces. COMMENTS: Submitted by Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TITLE: Typing Table for Wh

Typoscope

CUSTOM ADAPTATIONPURPOSE: To aid a person who is blind or has low vision in writing checks. Unwanted x-ray film or plastic from an old notebook or portfolio cover is cut with a craft knife on a cutting board. To make a check writing guide, cover a check with tracing paper and draw rectangles around the sections the person will need to write in. If the person can make a signature but cannot print legibly, trace the signature area only. Tape the tracing paper over a sheet of plastic cut to the siz

Universal Cuff.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cuff which fastens around the hand and has a tool pocket to facilitate holding a short handled tool. Instructions for constructing a single strap cuff of canvas webbing, a 2 inch metal ring, hook and loop velcro, leather or vinyl scrap and cord or a shoelace. Lists materials needed and possible sources; includes diagram and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Beems, J TITLE: Adaptive Garden Equipment: A Resource Manual for Patients, Families and

Universal Cuff.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hand held page turner and cuff for quadriplegic with use of arms but not hands. Page turner and cuff made with open double canvas. Canvas is sewed together forming a casing. One end is left open to allow a stick to be inserted. A flattened piece of surgical tubing approximately 3/4 inch long is taped to the end of the stick. Canvas casing can then be fashioned into a loop, through which the hand can fit, and fastened with wire. Includes photographs. SK

Using The Oven.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Describes modified utensils to aid in using the oven. oven. Suggests using a wood sliding board between the oven rack and a utility cart for people with muscle weakness; using a wooden stick with a V indentation on the end and a hook indentation on the side, for pushing and pulling oven racks; using a bent coathanger to pull out the rack, and using a velcro loop around the oven door to pull the door open using the arm for people with weak hands. Includ

Utility Stick For Cosmetics.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extender with a gripper on one end to hold a lipstick or powder puff for a person with limited arm movement. Device made with a length of copper or other suitable tubing flattened at one end and fastened to a plastic clothes pin with tape or rivets. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1183 PAGES (including cover): 2 1976.

Utility Stick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stick with hooks to assist in retrieving small items or to help with dressing. Instructions for making a utility stick. Uses a dowel, clothes pin and door hook. Suggested length is 18 inches but can be any length. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Occupational Therapy Service. TITLE: REF: Resource Sheet: Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York. .

Utility Tray

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities to organize and carry items. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article provides detailed instructions with illustrations for making a tray with a Luan plywood bottom and lattice molding sides. The tray is equipped with D-shaped handles large enough to slip the user’s hands through. MATERIALS: A quarter-inch thick piece of 11 x 14 inch Luan (smooth-surfaced) mahogany

Valet For Bilateral Arm Amputees.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow a bilateral arm amputee to put on and remove protheses independently. A " valet" made of wood: a back piece 16 inches long and two side arms, 12 inches long, with grooves cut into them to hold the prostheses (which are attached together with straps that go across the back). This can be fastened to a wall or a chair at the appropriate height. The client backs up to it and slips into or out of the prostheses which stay on this holder when

Velcro Bracelet

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a Velcro bracelet that can be used by a child with grasping disabilities. First, sew a once inch piece of hook Velcro to one end of the elastic and a one inch piece of loop Velcro to the other end. Second, sew a two inch piece of hook Velcro at the middle of the elastic. Third, stick a piece of loop Velcro onto the toy that the child wishes to play with. The Velcro bracelet aids the child in grasping the toy he or she wishes to play with.

Velcro Garment Fasteners

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To adapt clothing for easier dressing for seniors or individuals with arthritis or fine motor, grasping, neurological, or upper extremity disabilities. This illustrated article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," discusses ways in which sew-on Velcro tape can be used to modify clothing. Buttons can be replaced with Velcro, neck holes can be enlarged and the seams closed with Velcro, and Velcro can be sewn next to the zippers on pants, ski

Velcro Golf Glove And Sleeve.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptations to a golf glove and the golf club grip to allow a golfer with arthritis a firmer grip on the club. Golf club with pieces of Velcro sewn on the fingers, thumb and palm; and a sleeve for the club grip made with a piece of elastic bandage with three strips of Velcro sewn along it. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Pizarro, D C TITLE: Velcro Golf Glove and Sleeve JOURNAL: Able Bodies REF: Vol 4, Sep 1984 PAGES ( including co

Velcro Straps For Folding Canes

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modify a folding cane or folding crutch so that it stays folded. The Velcro straps are made from sticky back Velcro which can be obtained at any craft, sewing, hardware store, or online. INSTRUCTIONS: The Velcro has two parts to it, the fuzzy end and the spiky rough end. The adhesive back of the rough end will be what to stick to the upper part of the barrel of the cane. For a cane that folds in two, that is a 3 inch circumference, which require

Vertical Collator.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Collating stand for a person who prefers standing while working. Four wooden vertical shelves with adjustable knobs for holding collated papers, sketches, etc. Dimensions: Base 15 by 17 by 29 inches, shelves 7 1/2 by 15 inches. Device designed for an individual with athetoid movements who also used compensatory motions to perform collating tasks. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adap

Vertical Tray

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold object in view for an individual who is unable to move her neck to look down at a wheelchair tray. A vertical tray was made of wood that attached to the existing tray with quick-release clamps. The tray has vertical wings on each side to keep objects from falling off. The tray can be adjusted forward and backward for proper positioning. A clear plastic shelf was installed in slots on the tray and can be adjusted up or down for optimal viewing. TITLE: The

Vest Bib.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bib made to look like a vest for men. Instructions for making a lined bib that looks like a vest. Covers entire front of shirt. Includes drawing of pattern. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR:Bowar, M. TITLE:Clothing for the Handicapped, Fashion Adaptations for Adults and Children. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Institute Rehabilitation Publication 737.: p 33. 1978.

Visual Scanning Activity for Kids

This Visual Scanning Activity for Kids is designed for childrent to enhance visual scanning skills during functional tasks. The user scans for items during a functional task.

Vocabulary Training Activity

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with cognitive or learning disabilities with word recognition. Consonant-vowel-consonat (CVC) words were color-coded with green for go as the initial consonant (where to start reading a word) and red for stop with the final consonant to end the word. The first vowel is linked to the first consonant, creating one unit (ca-t). AUTHOR: Sievers, T. TITLE: Assistive Technology Ideas that Work. WEB SITE: cenmi.org/mits/downloads/atideas/PD/SH_PD6.pd

Voice Controlled Switch.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Switch activated by the child's voice to turn on a tape player, battery toy or light, intended to encourage vocalization; when the child is quiet, the switch is off. Adaptation of a 150 in 1 Electronic Project Kit from Radio Shack, also requiring 5 feet of 2 conductor 22 gauge stranded wire and 1 subminiature size plug. Includes instructions, diagrams, uses and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. Soldering. Assembly. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE:

Wake Up Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: An alternative to a commercially available flashing alarm clock. Connect a small 4 or 6 inch fan to an appliance timer. The breeze will awaken a sleeper who doesn't perceive a flashing light. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Paschell, William. TITLE: Do-it-Yourself Listening and Signaling Devices for People with Hearing Impairment. REF: Monograph: available from William Paschell, 3717 May St., Wheaton, MD 20906, 301-946-0037. 1988.

Wake Up Device.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: An alternative to a commercially available flashing alarm clock. A flashing light can be assembled with a clip on light or lamp, a standard appliance timer, and either a flasher plug or a flasher button for the socket of the lamp. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR:Paschell, William. TITLE: Do-it- Yourself Listening and Signaling Devices for People with Hearing Impairment. REF: Monograph: available from William Paschell, 3717 May St., Wheaton, MD 20906,

Walker Bag.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Carrying aid to attach to the front of a standard walker. Instructions are provided to make a fabric bag to attach to the front of a walker. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Occupational Therapy Service. TITLE: REF: Resource Sheet: Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York. NARIC CALL NUMBER: PAGES (including cover): (year-replace this).

Walker Basket.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Carrying basket can be attached to the front of a walker with a tubular frame. A child's bicycle basket can be attached to the frame of the front of a walker. The bicycle basket are available at most stores selling bicycles. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Idea in Better Homes and Garden magazine. REF:Article. 1990.

Walker Carry-All.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Carrier bag that attaches to a walker to facilitate transporting small articles. Pattern and instructions for a seven-pocket fabric carry-all that folds over the top front bar of a walker and fastens with a velcro strip. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 216-217 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES ( including cover):

Walker Glides

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals who use standard walkers to move across carpet and other surfaces without lifting the walker. To make the glides for a walker with front wheeled legs, cut a small "X" in a tennis ball and push leg of walker down into it. Make sure the ball is snug around the leg and does not slide when the user lifts the walker leg. Repeat for the second leg. MATERIALS: Tennis balls and walker. TOOLS: Sharp knife or scissors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Cutting

Walker Modification.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification to walker to control stride length when walking into walker. Two side supporting boards are attached to the bottom of both sides of the walker by cutting notches at the appropriate widths to fit onto walker by pressure. A wide board is inserted perpendicular to the narrow boards and slid to the correct place to prevent person from walking too far into the walker. Includes pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Carolyn Jorgensen TI

Walker Water Bottle

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a means for individuals who use walkers to keep a supply of water with them. Included in a chapter entitled "Housekeeping & Getting Around," this article explains how a bicycle water bottle can be attached to the upright tubing of the walker using the supplied bracket. If the bracket is too wide for the walker tubing, it can be padded with hot-water-pipe insulation to fit. MATERIALS: Water bottle for bicycle with bracket and hot-water-pipe insulat

Walking Aid For Patients With Polyarticular Rheumatoid Arthritis.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Standard walker converted into a rolling platform walker to aid ambulation and transfer ability, designed for a person with rheumatoid arthritis in shoulders, wrists, fingers and knees. A plywood board 22 by 8 inches is attached to the walker handgrips with strapping and metal screws, and padded for comfort. Swiveling caster wheels are used on the rear walker legs and Lumex Auto-Stop wheels on the front (downward pressure locks them); the patient can t

Walking And Wheeling

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow a child to be securely fastened in a wheelchair with an adapted sleeve covering the seatbelt, making it difficult for the child to unfasten the seatbelt.

Wall Guard

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with Friedrich's ataxia to maneuver a wheelchair close to a wall to perform activities such as turning off light switches without damaging the walls. Affix a piece of styrofoam to the wall with double-sided tape in areas that are bumped. MATERIALS: Styrofoam and double-sided tape. AUTHOR: Labbe, A. TITLE: Quest Extra: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/quest/extra/qe14-5_diy.html REF: Volume 14,

Wash Bag.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wash mitt with an adjustable fastener at wrist for person with no hand function to hold washcloth. A 10 by 14 inch piece of terry cloth is folded in half and sewn on two edges to form a bag. A D ring and twill tape or velcro can be attached to the wrist to tighten the bag around wrist. Attach a second ring or loop to the end to assist in removing the fastener. Includes photograph and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A. TITLE: Clo

Wash Mitt.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wash mitt with a pocket to hold soap and an adjustable fastener at wrist for person with no hand function to hold washcloth. A mitten with a thumb is cut from terry cloth with an extra piece added to the palm as a soap pocket. A strap is added around the wrist to hold the mitt on the hand. Includes photograph and drawing of patterns. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A. TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped. REF: Book: University of A

Wash Mitt.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Substitutes for a wash cloth for an individual with limited grasp. Suggests making a pattern for a wash mitt by drawing around the edge of the hand on a piece of paper. Sketch shows how much space allowance to leave, and the seam allowances to use. Recommends non-stretch terrycloth fabric. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: TITLE: Accent on Living. REF: Journal: Fall: p 125. 1980.

Watch Winder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to wind a watch without fine finger movement. Winder made of a piece of 3/8 inch dowel with a hard rubber or plastic disk glued on one end. A small hole is drilled in the plastic. This is pushed onto the winding stem to wind the watch. A 1/4 inch dowel can be fastened through the other end of the device to provide a grip. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: Make it Cheap: Volume 3 REF: Middletown,

Water Ski Boot To Hold Foot On Bicycle Pedal.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Use of water ski boots to hold a patient's feet in place for exercising on a stationary bicycle. Suggests using the complete boot unit from a water ski fastened to a piece of plywood to fit, and attaching this to the pedal of an exercise bike so it can be operated by persons unable to keep their feet on the pedals. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Redmond, P T TITLE: Water Ski Boot to Hold Foot on Bicycle Pedal JOURNAL: Physical

Water Wand Holder.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Handle to assist holding watering wand for garden hose. A telephone holder, with a U- shaped palmar handle, is wrapped around the shaft of the watering wand. Secures with velcro. Includes drawing. Telephone receiver holders are commercially available from many sources including distributors of ADL devices. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burling

Web-Belt Loop For Relief Of Pressure On Buttocks.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fabric loop to help a quadriplegic with some use of biceps or shoulder adductors relieve sitting pressure while in wheelchair in order to prevent decubitus ulcers. McCormick Loop made of seat belt material, a D ring and Velcro closure. It is looped around the wheelchair arm and the patient puts an arm through it; he can then lean to one side, relieving pressure on the opposite side, and pull upright using the strap. Includes drawing and photograph. COM

Webbed Transfer Aid

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals to be lifted and transferred from one seat or surface to another in a seated position. To make this device, cut one 72-inch strip of webbing (lengthening may be required for use with a larger person) and then cut eight eight- to nine-inch strips (lengthening may be required for use with a larger person). Assemble straps in a crosshatch pattern. Zig Zag stitch along end of all the straps to avoid fraying. Straight stitch all seams about on

Wedge Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Slant exercise board is useful in stretching tight heel cords both after surgery and as part of an ongoing therapy routine. Cut two wedges from 3/4 inch plywood measuring 6 1/2 inches wide by 12 1/2 inches long. Glue these to the ends of a board measuring approximately 14 inches wide by 21 inches long. Screw the wedges into position using 1 1/4 inch screws. Glue a support stick measuring 3 2/4 inches by 19 1/2 inches to the bottom inner edge of the wed

Weighing Yourself From A Wheelchair.

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY PURPOSE: Platform to use with a standard bathroom scale. Platform is made from a 3 by 4 foot piece of plywood. Center on a flat top scale and cut a window for the dial. Reinforce the bottom of the board with four 2 by 1 inch slats. Remember to deduct the weight of the board and the chair.

Weighted Blanket

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself weighted blanket for a child with severe disabilities. The weighted blanket can be used for positioning and safety by preventing rolling and sliding. The weighted blanket is created out of two yards of fleece or lightweight cotton material (i.e. winter or summer weight) and six pounds of polly pellets. Polly pellets are recommended versus using dry beans or rice for filler as the blanket can be washed. To make the blanket, fold the tw

Weighty Tip

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To provide weight to keep a travel cane tip on the ground, increase arm and hand strength, and increase awarness of tip orientation. Weight the tip of a travel cane with one or two large, metal nuts. A marshmallow tip will keep them in place and allow for quick adjustments in weight. AUTHOR: Wheatly P. TITLE: A Weighty Tip. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 34 no. 2, Spring 2002: p. 73. PAGES: 1 2002.

Wet Pants Signaler.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toilet training device sounds a buzzer to alert child when underwear or diaper is wet. Can also be used to gather data about a child's normal schedule before initiating a toilet training program. Battery operated flood alert device is attached to 2 brass or copper strips. These modified sensors activate a buzzer when the strips come in contact with moisture. The alarm is fastened around the child's waist with a belt. Sensors are taped to the outside of

What's Your Move - A Direction Game

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To aid students who are blind or have low vision in learning the four major directions on a map. Create a tactile game board on a raised-line grid sheet with 1-inch squares. On the outer margins of the grid sheet, label the edges: North (upper), South (lower), East (right), and West (left). Mark a "START" square tactilely in the center of the south edge of the board. Affix a pebble or other three-dimensional shape on the square in the center of the north edge o

Wheelchair Bag.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bag which can be fastened over the arm of a wheelchair to carry small items. Pattern and instructions for a bag with straps, a side pocket and a zipper top, made with 1/2 yard of firm fabric, binding tape, tape or braid for the straps and a 12 inch zipper. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 222-225 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (incl

Wheelchair Book Bag

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide powered wheelchair users with carrying capability. Use a standard soft briefcase or carry-on luggage bag that fits securely on the battery shroud of a powered wheelchair and is equipped with both hand carrying handles and a shoulder strap. Unhook one side of the shoulder strap, and thread the strap around the bottom of the back canes of the seat. Refasten the shoulder strap to the side of the briefcase. If the wheelchair is equipped with a tilting seat, the c

Wheelchair Cart.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Two wheeled cart attaches to wheelchair, carries up to 45 pounds . A flexible hitch allows cart to swing directly alongside the side of wheelchair so wheelchair rider can load and unload cart independently. Four diagrams, 5 photographs, materials list and construction details. Estimated cost $ 15, estimated construction time 5 hours. Includes several hitching arrangements for different wheelchair models. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: William Su

Wheelchair Cart.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Assists with difficulty in operating chest level machines when seated in a wheelchair. Cart base is made of plywood and pine boards, wheels are two bicycle wheels and two locking casters. COMMENTS: Developed by Dr Ken Bruwelheide Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717 (406) 994-3201. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted

Wheelchair Caster Glides

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To protect walls and doors from damage from powered wheelchair casters. By mounting a disc of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene(UHMW) on the caster spindle where it meets the top of the fork, impacts are deflected. The UHMW disc prevents gouging and does not mar the woodwork. For additional protection from axle gouging, a deflector can be mounted on the axle ends. TITLE: Wheelchair Caster Glides. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at http://www.workshopsolutio

Wheelchair Cover.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Absorbent terry cloth seat cover for wheelchair. Use towel 40 by 24 inches. Fold towel in half widthwise right sides together. Stitch 1/2 inch from foldline to form casing. Thread twill tape through the casing to tie behind chair. More twill tape and snaps are used to secure the cover to the chair. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A. TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped. REF: Book: University of Alberta Press, Albe

Wheelchair Fenders

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide powered wheelchair users with protection from water and road grime. These fenders are designed for use on 10 x 3 inch rear drive wheels are originally intended for use on go-carts and mini bikes. An existing screw that secured the wheelchair shroud is used to secure the fender and existing holes designed to enable the length of the wheelbase to be adjusted are used for the screws. If the rear of the fender is wider than the front lip where it mounts, the side

Wheelchair Footstrap

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To keep a wheelchair user's feet off the floor after footrests have been removed to avoid striking door jams and walls. Obtain about 42 inches of strong nylon strap (similar to that found on luggage) and wood dowelling that will fit into the hollow part of the wheelchair footrest fastener. Cut the dowel to fit each opening. Attach the strap with a screw to the top of each dowel. MATERIALS: 42 inches of nylon strapping, wood screws, and wooden dowel. TOOLS: Saw a

Wheelchair Handrim Pushing Aid

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable a wheelchair user with a weak grasp to more easily propel a wheelchair. Tie three exercise bands together, end-to-end. Wrap the extended band around the handrim on one wheel of the wheelchair and tie the ends together. Repeat for the other wheel. MATERIALS: Six exercise bands. TITLE: Ten Dollar Tech. JOURNAL: TechTalk. REF: Summer 2007: p. 7. PAGES: 1.

Wheelchair Heater

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide warmth for a powered wheelchair user. A small blower-style heater can be purchased from the the automotive department of local discount or automotive supply stores.The heater is generally used to provide supplemental heat or to defrost windows in cars. The model chosen has a fuse rated at 15 amps to allow it to be run using a 12-volt converter on a powered wheelchair. This heater uses a squirrel-cage blower that draws air in the bottom and expels warmed air o

Wheelchair Lifter.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheelchair lifter permits servicing of wheelchair wheels, tires, bearings and belts without requiring the occupant to get out of the chair. Describes a lifter which can lift one side of a wheelchair about an inch off the ground. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: For information contact: Jim Anderson, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center, Rehabilitation Research Development Center, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94304. AUTHOR: Gugerty,

Wheelchair Lunch Pail

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide powered wheelchair users with the ability to carry food. A standard small soft-sided cooler or insulated square lunch carrier can be secured in the empty space below the wheelchair seat behind the user's legs. A belt or other similar strap is used to secure the bag to the front wheelchair cross member. MATERIALS: Soft-sided lunch carrier or small cooler and belt or strap. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. TITLE: Lunch Pail. REF: http://www.wheelchairmodifications.o

Wheelchair Reading Board.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheelchair tray with a hinged section that tilts up to support reading material; can be swung out of the way or easily removed. Lists materials needed and provides drawing and diagram for a wheelchair reading tray, made of wood with aluminum bar stock and pipe tube. COMMENTS: For information contact: Dr Ken Bruwelheide, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. M

Wheelchair Seat Belt Lock Cover

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To prevent children and adults with cognitive disabilities who use wheelchairs from unlocking a wheelchair seat belt. To make this cover, lay the material on flat surface with back facing up. Using straight pins, pin the edges together lengthwise along the material. With a sewing machine or needle, stitch along the pinned edge line lengthwise. Turn material right side out and slip onto one end of wheelchair seat belt. Fasten the belt and slide material over

Wheelchair Seatbelt Sleeve

---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a “sleeve” to fit over a child’s wheelchair seatbelt, making the belt safer and harder to undo. First, lay material on flat surface with back side facing up; using straight pins, pin edges together lengthwise along material. Second, using a sewing machine or needle; stitch along line lengthwise. Third, turn material right side out and slip onto one end of wheelchair seatbelt. Fourth, fasten the belt and slide material over fastener; scrun

Wheelchair Shopping Box

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a powered wheelchair to shop independently. A sheet steel box with its base above the client's knees was created. The box is high enough to accommodate a box of powdered detergent. The front of the box is lozenge shaped to match the plan view of wheelchair foot supports, and the lid is hinged at the back The high rim around the lid is 1/16 inch thick plastic, and there are gaps between it and the lid so that rain will not collect

Wheelchair Sweeper Hitch

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals who use scooters or wheelchairs to operate a commercial powered sweeper. This accommodation required design and development of a custom hitch system with a pin release linkage to which the battery-powered sweeper could be attached, enabling the scooter user to perform the job of vacuuming the halls at his place of employment It was also necessary to upgrade the scooter/wheelchair batteries to accommodate the increased load. This project used sta

Wheelchair Totebag

---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself tote bag for use on a wheelchair for individuals with mobility disabilities. While sitting in a wheelchair accessing pant pockets for storage of everyday items (i.e. diary, cordless phone, etc.) is difficult and not convenient. This convenient wheelchair tote bag is created from good quality canvas or corduroy material. About of a meter should be enough to do the job. Velcro is also needed to fit across the width of the sack

Wheelchair Tray

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair to carry meals and items and to have a drink holder. This tray is customized to fit the individual wheelchair. Made of wood and varnished, the tray has a wooden rim on all sides to keep items from rolling or sliding off. Wooden or metal rods fastened to the bottom of the tray slide into the hollow horizontal tubes under each armrest. To allow the rods to be inserted, the front retaining screw on each armrest must be

Wheelchair Tray.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides an attached table surface for a person in a wheelchair; can be used for activities or for arm support. Materials, diagrams and directions for making three types of wooden wheelchair laptrays. A standard tray with Velcro straps for attachment to wheelchair arms; a variation which folds in half; and a lowered tray useful for activities like cooking. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gavee, B. TITLE: Wheelchair and Accessories REF: Book: Acce

Wheelchair Wrap With Front Panel.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheelchair wrap designed like a bunting bag. Instructions and pattern for sewing a bag- like wrap that opens with two full length zippers and has slits for the hands. Can be made with fleece lining. Lists materials needed; includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 173-176 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES ( including cover)

Wheelchair-Attachable Deltoid Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pulley device attached to a wheelchair to support the forearm of a person with some shoulder and elbow movement but too much arm weakness to lift the arm unaided, allowing more independent activities. Instructions for building an arm support using an overhead suspension rod and three pulleys, two on the horizontal bar and one on a small piece of rod welded onto the vertical part of the rod. This is clamped onto the back upright of the wheelchair. Rope

Wheelchair-Driven Pontoon Boat

DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a person who uses a wheelchair to operate a pontoon boat from the wheelchair. A used 28-foot pontoon boat was adapted by removing the existing captain’s seat from the operator’s position, enabling the chair to access the steering wheel. Additional space for maneuvering was gained by removing one of the bench seats. The entry to the boat was widened to accommodate the wheelchair. MATERIALS: Pontoon boat. TOOLS: Shop tools. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop sk

Wheelie Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Safety device to allow individual in wheelchair to practice doing wheelies independently. Support device is mounted to a ceiling beam with two large metal eyelets screwed into the beam. Two nylon tensile strength webbing straps with swivel hooks on each end are attached to the eyelets. Pipe buckles are attached to the bottom ends which are attached to the handgrips on the back of the wheelchair. The length determines the effectiveness of supporting the

Width Varying Device For Wheelchairs.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Narrowing wheelchairs for doorway access. The device can be mounted on any size wheelchair with a folding crossbrace. Does not interfere with folding the chair. Can be installed for right or left hand use. Only two fingers needed to activate switch. A geared low speed motor is mounted on one side of the chair frame. A strap is attached to the opposite side of the frame and to the motor pulley. Pressing the switch operates the pulley to pull the sides o

Window Opening Aid.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small block and tackle rigged to allow a person with downward but not upward arm strength to open a window. Block and tackle pulley device attached to a window to allow it to be opened by a person with little upward movement arm strength. The device also reduces the force necessary to open the window. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: For further information Contact Leonard Anderson, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Rehabilitation Engineering Ce

Wire Letters And Numbers.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plastic coated wire for a child to bend into the shapes of letters and numbers, intended to help with letter and word recognition and to aid dexterity. Plastic coated heavy one strand copper wire cut into lengths from 1 1/2 to 8 inches long that a child can bend into the shapes of letters and numbers, initially to a pattern drawn on a large sheet of paper. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child

Wire Puzzle.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bent wire and hook game to test the steadyness of the hand. Wire from a wire coat hanger, fastened onto a wood base 1/2 by 4 by 8 inches, and bent into up and down shapes; and a wire hook with a diameter of 1 inch pushed into a handle of 1 inch diameter dowel. The hook is looped around the wire and moved along it with the object of not touching it. Includes instructions and drawings. COMMENTS: Could be modified to buzz or cause a light to flash when th

Wooden Dresser Drawer Handle

DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To make dresser drawers easier to open for senior and individuals with arthritis, use of only one hand or fine motor or grasping disabilities. The existing knobs can be removed and replaced with a wooden handle that extends across the drawer and enables the user to open the drawer with one hand. To maske the handle, drill holes at each end of a horizontal dowel and in a pair of wooden spacers. Put bolts through the holes in the dowel and the specers and secure in the hol

Wooden Trolley.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wooden trolley to help with walking, kneel at for playing in, and to carry things. Instructions for building the trolley, a box made of chipboard or plywood, four wheels, and metal rods for axles and handles. The handles can be made adjustable using wing nuts. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Soldering. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with a Child who has a Physical Disability REF: Melbourne, Australia:

Work Top.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lightweight, portable working surface for the top of a table or counter, held in place with battens. For use in the kitchen or where else needed. Plywood tray covered with formica with a raised edge in back and battens to hold it in place, either one to keep it from sliding back, or two to hold it in a corner. Provides instructions and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: London, Eng

Workbench

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Overcomes difficulty experienced by wheelchair users in working on certain styles of workbenches. Workbench will accommodate wide range of wheelchair positions and heights. C-clamps hold downs may be placed in bench holes to facilitate dexterity and working ease. Workbench top is constructed of 2by 4 pine glued on face edge grain up-planed to thickness; bench top brackets are 3 inch channel iron 1/2 inch plate steel gussets; 3/8 inches by 3 inch carria

Working Table

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Table can be shaped like half a donut for persons with limited reach. Describes a work table made of wood or other sturdy material, 64 by 32 by 5/8 inches in size, cut in a half-circle with a semicircular indentation on the flat side to accommodate the person working. Suggests using the type of folding legs used on banquet tables. Table folds up for easy storage. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Mooney, J TITLE: Working Table JOURNAL: Accent on Li

Workstation For Tv Repair

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injury or severe physical disabilities to independently engage in television repair work. A U-shaped work station was designed to allow easy access to tools, parts, catalogs, and equipment. Many tasks can be performed from a centralized sitting area, and a large turntable powered with a rotation lock enables up to four televisions to be placed and independently rotated as needed. Mirrors placed above and below the back of the ta

Worktable With Support For Standing.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable work table provides extra support and balance needed to prevent employees from falling. Particularly useful for lower extremity amputees. Wooden table top consists of wide hinged armrests and a safety belt. Four adjustable 7/8 inch metal pipes run through standard work bench to serve as legs. Includes photograph and diagram. COMMENTS: Submitted by the Occupational Therapy Department, Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Yor

World's Tiniest Hand Splints

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PROBLEM: When I drive for 30 or more minutes my paralyzed hand gets tight from the constant vibration. PURPOSE: To use foam tubing to help keep fingers from bending. MATERIALS USED: Foam tubing PREPPARATION: 1. Use foam tubing designed to slip over the handle of eating utensils. It has a 5/8 inch opening that runs down the center of the tube. The splints should not fit tightly to keep the fingers absolutely straight, but the foam traps body heat which relaxe

Wrench Adaptor For Prosthetic Device

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wrench adapter to assist farmers who have had one arm amputated to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts that require the use of two wrenches. Adapter fits a standard Dorance ##7 hook; the holding accessory can be fabricated from steel, drill rod, or plain cold roll steel; square clamping shaft that fits into the hook can be either welded or screwed into the clamping body and locked with a set screw to the proper position. COMMENTS: Full Scale blueprints ar

Wrist Strap Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons with contracted or amputated fingers or flaccid hand tone. Large flat and elongated plastic pick has an elastic cuff. Velcro strap adds support and adjustability. Pick can be rotated to the dorsal or ventral side of the hand. Strumming is done with arm movement. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St loui

Wrist Straps For Sticks.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wrist strap to suspend a cane from the wrist. Describes two styles of wrist straps: strap and seizing, where a leather strap is bound to the cane with seizing; and the Turk's Head, with stout cord fashioned into a knotted strap. Includes photographs and detailed drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids For Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 42-44 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1126 PAGES ( including cover

Wristtalker

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a child with communication disabilities to say when she needs to go to the washroom. A small recorder, available at Radio Shack, was used to pre-record the statement "I need to go to the washroom." A recorded doorbell sound was added as an attention-getter. To enable the girl to control playback, the device was adapted with a bonded-on, wrap-around plastic pad, which in turn had a small nipple bonded on the underside that engages the "play" button only

Writing Aids.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Increase grasp on writing implement. Five drawings of adaptations for pens and pencils including a foam curler slipped over the writing implement and secured with tape; a pen or pencil pushed through a practice golf ball to create a larger grasping surface; corrugated rubber tubing slipped over implement to increase friction; a rectangular block with angled opening for pen or pencil; and a suggestion for using a regular large diameter pen (1-2 inches).

Writing Grip

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To make a pencil easier to grasp for a person with grasping disabilities. With scissors, cut strips from a section of rubber pipe insulation. Glue the strips to a pencil. MATERIALS: pencil; rubber pipe insulation; glue. TOOLS: Scissors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Cutting. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mdausa.org/publications/Quest/q111diy.cfm. REF: Vol. 11, No. 1, January/February 2004.

Writing Guide

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with fine motor or vision disabilities to stay within lines on a tablet or write in straight lines. To make the guide, place a sheet of card stock on flat surface. Use a color that will create contrast between the writing surface and the guide. Using a ruler, measure one-half inch from left side of card stock at top and bottom and mark with a dot. Do the same on the right side. Place ruler along both dots and draw a connecting line from

Writing Template For The Blind.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Template designed to enable a blind employment interviewer to fill out standard forms. Describes need for and development of a copper-laminate template using standard methods for producing printed circuit boards, involving development of positive and reverse films and photochemical etching. Described as being more expensive than hand cutting plastic or cardboard forms, but easier to duplicate for mass production. COMMENTS: For information contact the a

Y Shaped Bilateral Pick.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons who need to use elbow or shoulder abduction or adduction motion. A pick is inserted into the end of a Y shaped bilateral beater (a Y shaped dowel assembly). Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. Simple woodworking. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the Multiply Handicapped, A Sourcebook. REF: Book: St louis; Magnamusic-Baton: p 28. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0272. 1980.

Zipper Pull

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hook to pull up long zippers or back zippers. Illustrates device made of a length of 30 to 50 test monofilament fastened on one end to a plastic drapery ring or bone crochet ring, and on the other to a small size cup hook, using an electrical crimp wire connector. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 1 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 35 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1181 PAGES (includin

Zipper Pull

"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with fine motor or grasping disabilities to use a zipper. Cut 6 to 8 inches of fishing line and thread it through the hole in the zipper pull. Tie the ends together. The loop can be used to pull the zipper up and down and can be tucked into the zipper facing when not in use. MATERIALS: Clear fishing line. TOOLS: scissors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Cutting and tying. TITLE: Ten Dollar Tech. NEWSLETTER: TECHtalk, Illinois Technology Assistive Technology

Zipper Pull Adaptations

DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To adapt clothing for easier dressing for seniors or individuals with arthritis or fine motor, grasping, neurological, or upper extremity disabilities. This illustrated article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," discusses options for managing zippers. Options include attaching a key ring or chain to the existing tab, using a ribbon or nylon string loop, or replacing the existing zipper with a larger one. The article also discusses method

Zipper Pull.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Helps to pull up a hard to reach zipper. Recommends turning an ordinary heavy gauge metal coat hanger into a zipper pull by holding the hangar's base, placing the V section over a door knob and pulling on the base until the hangar forms a long handle. Then wrap tape around the hangar's upper mid-section for support. To use, insert the hook into the zipper tab and pull up on the hangar. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: TITLE: Accent on Living REF: Jou

Zipper Pulls.

--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hooks on handcuffs to pull zippers for persons with little or no finger strength or dexterity. Pictures three zipper pulls: 1) a metal strip to fit around the hand riveted into a loop, with a piece of wire bent into a hook riveted to it; 2) plastic wire or any suitable cordlike material looped to fit the hand and fastened with a piece of 1/4 inch tubing, crimped, attached to to a short piece of bent wire with a small electrical butt splice; 3) a 3/4 in

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