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  1. ALPHABET AND NUMBER CAPS ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Caps can be used in activities to help children learn to recognize letters and numbers. MATERIALS: Gatorade caps - orange, 1/2-inch EZ Stick Letter set (caps and numbers) DIRECTIONS: 1. Collect “Gatorade” caps 2. When the bucket was full the caps were washed in warm soapy water then allowed to dry. 3. The EZ Stick Letters were then put into the inside of each of the caps. I was fortunate to have 4th and 5th grade students who were ...[More Information]

  2. 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 t...[More Information]

  3. 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 represe...[More Information]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic sewing. AUTHOR: "Creativeman" via TITLE: Orthotics You Can Make, Part I: Arch Supports. REF:;[More Information]

  8. 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. MATERIALS USED: 1 piece 4” diameter PVC pipe, 8 inch long,1 piece 6-¼ inch x 8-¼ inch piece of ¼ inch thick soft foam,1 piece 4-½ inches X 8 inches x ¾ inch plywood, rounded corners and lightly sanded. (2) ¼ inch - 20 x 1 inch flat head bolts and nuts, (6) 8 X ½ inch screws, (3) Flange mounted ball transfer bearings. Examp...[More Information]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

  11. 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]

  12. 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]

  13. 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]

  14. 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]

  15. 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]

  16. 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]

  17. 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]

  18. 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. MATERIALS USED: 1) Seat Belt Webbing - 1 to 2 Meters, from Mountain Equipment Co...[More Information]

  19. 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. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic woodworking. AUTHOR: "fallental" via TITLE: Assistive Door Locker. REF:; http:...[More Information]

  20. 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]

  21. 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]

  22. 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]

  23. 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. MATERIALS USED: Action figures, poker chips, shower curtain rings, hot glue gun and glue stick PREPPARATION: 1. Dab glue on each surface of the action figure that will be attached to the poker chip. 2. Mount the action figure onto the poker chip. L...[More Information]

  24. 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]

  25. 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]

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