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  1. 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 P...[More Information]

  2. 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 ...[More Information]

  3. 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....[More Information]

  4. 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...[More Information]

  5. 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....[More Information]

  6. 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,...[More Information]

  7. 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: To...[More Information]

  8. 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....[More Information]

  9. 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...[More Information]

  10. 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 sty...[More Information]

  11. ASHMOBILE, THE Picture of 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 standar...[More Information]

  12. ASSISTIVE DEVICE FOR TRUMPET Picture of 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...[More Information]

  13. ATTENDANT CALLER Picture of 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 li...[More Information]

  14. 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:...[More Information]

  15. 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 ...[More Information]

  16. 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. N...[More Information]

  17. 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 Engine...[More Information]

  18. 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 photog...[More Information]

  19. 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-deg...[More Information]

  20. 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 a...[More Information]

  21. 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: Woodworkin...[More Information]

  22. 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 el...[More Information]

  23. 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 ...[More Information]

  24. 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 opt...[More Information]

  25. 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 suct...[More Information]

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