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  1. 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: The organization can also be reached at Wheelchair Modifications, 5533 A Pony Farm Drive, Richmond, VA 23227....[More Information]

  2. CUP HOLDER 1 Picture of 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 t...[More Information]

  3. CUP HOLDER WITH HANDLE Picture of 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.mda...[More Information]

  4. 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 t...[More Information]

  5. CUSTOM SEAT CUSHION Picture of 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 a...[More Information]

  6. CUSTOMIZED GAME CONTROLLER Picture of 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 b...[More Information]

  7. 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 ...[More Information]

  8. CUTTING BOARD Picture of 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 th...[More Information]

  9. 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....[More Information]

  10. 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. MATERIALS USED: Tempo loop (you want to consider visiting vehicle reupholster places and asking for scraps), cutting board (keep an eye out at dollar stores for cheap cutting boards with handles), spray adhesive, surface protector (i.e., place board in bottom of a card...[More Information]

  11. 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 tr...[More Information]

  12. 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 visua...[More Information]

  13. 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, Albert...[More Information]

  14. 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...[More Information]

  15. 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 H...[More Information]

  16. 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...[More Information]

  17. 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). COMM...[More Information]

  18. 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...[More Information]

  19. 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: McConk...[More Information]

  20. 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. Inclu...[More Information]

  21. 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 Handicappe...[More Information]

  22. 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 a...[More Information]

  23. 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...[More Information]

  24. 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 f...[More Information]

  25. 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 ...[More Information]

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