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  1. 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 c...[More Information]

  2. 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 JOU...[More Information]

  3. 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 diagr...[More Information]

  4. 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...[More Information]

  5. 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 st...[More Information]

  6. 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: Souv...[More Information]

  7. 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...[More Information]

  8. 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 f...[More Information]

  9. 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 ...[More Information]

  10. 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 thigh...[More Information]

  11. 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; ...[More Information]

  12. 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 ...[More Information]

  13. 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 throu...[More Information]

  14. SAFETY IN THE BATHROOM ---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---- PURPOSE: 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: Bathroo...[More Information]

  15. 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....[More Information]

  16. 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...[More Information]

  17. 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...[More Information]

  18. SCOOTER CANOPY Picture of 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:...[More Information]

  19. 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. Se...[More Information]

  20. 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...[More Information]

  21. 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. 198...[More Information]

  22. 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...[More Information]

  23. SEATING FOR PRODUCTION WORKER --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---- PURPOSE: 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 approp...[More Information]

  24. 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. MATERIALS USED: Computer, board-making software, printer, laminator (optional), Scissors, hot glue gun and glue stick, three lengths of plumber’s (PVC) pipe (about 12 to 18 inches), two PVC elbow connectors (to fit PVC pipes together), two wooden blocks (3 to 5 inches long),Velcro® ...[More Information]

  25. 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 ...[More Information]

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