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  1. 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. SK...[More Information]

  2. 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 TIT...[More Information]

  3. 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 th...[More Information]

  4. 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...[More Information]

  5. 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...[More Information]

  6. 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 ...[More Information]

  7. 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: K...[More Information]

  8. 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 relie...[More Information]

  9. 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 swi...[More Information]

  10. 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 ...[More Information]

  11. 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 th...[More Information]

  12. 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 th...[More Information]

  13. 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 chi...[More Information]

  14. 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...[More Information]

  15. 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 plasti...[More Information]

  16. 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 ...[More Information]

  17. 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. AU...[More Information]

  18. 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 ...[More Information]

  19. 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 sid...[More Information]

  20. 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: S...[More Information]

  21. 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 platf...[More Information]

  22. 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 wi...[More Information]

  23. 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,...[More Information]

  24. RACING WHEELCHAIR STABILIZER Picture of 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...[More Information]

  25. 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....[More Information]

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