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  1. ROLL-UP KEYBOARD -------- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create an inexpensive roll-up keyboard for an individual with disabilities. Using a screwdriver deconstruct a USB keyboard, removing the keyboard’s membrane switch pad and control board. The membrane consists of three separate layers tacked together. Using the rubber pad, plate nuts and bolts reassemble the membrane to the control board, making sure that the traces of the membrane line up with the traces on the control board. If the keyboard ha...[More Information]

  2. Radial Arm Assist Device for Hand Held Tools. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Frame to hold a drill or powered hand drill perpendicular to a work surface while allowing the operator freedom of movement. Describes a device which converts a hand drill into a radial arm drill to allow the user to position and hold the tool. The device involves a constructed turntable with a screw jack system which allows the whole system to be elevated as required; drawer slides held together with a welded assembly to provide torque resistance;...[More Information]

  3. Radial Arm Saw Fixture. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stabilizer for the workpiece while a person with unsteadiness of the hands or arms is operating a power radial arm saw. Describes a stabilizer made of 3/4 inch plywood, 3/4 inch solid stock (hardwood), metal back stops and 8- inch C clamps. Includes diagrams. COMMENTS: For further information contact: Dr Ken Bruwelheid, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworkin...[More Information]

  4. Radio Accessibility in Vehicle. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Radio mounted in the dashboard directly behind the steering wheel so it is more easily reached and the driver need not glance away from the road while driving. Describes a dealer-installed pushbutton radio intended for a driver with limited range of motion. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact the developer, Donald J. Winge, 110 Cherry ## 110, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: Gugerty, ...[More Information]

  5. Raised Height Table. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Blocks to raise the height of a table so a wheelchair can pull up to it. Describes table raisers made of wooden blocks the desired height, and pieces of 1 inch thick wood with holes the size of the table legs drilled in them, glued together. A nonslip pad can be glued on the bottom. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 17 NARIC CALL NUM...[More Information]

  6. Raisers for Beds, Tables and Some Chairs. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Leg extenders to raise height of beds, tables or chairs. Describes two types of raisers. One is made with plywood and battens, and is screwed to the furniture leg. The other, also plywood, is made like a box into which the leg fits; pieces of wood, which fit in the box, adjust the height. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 46-47. Also available ...[More Information]

  7. Reaching Hook. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hook to enable an office worker with limited range of motion and grasp to open and close desk drawers from a wheelchair. Hook made of a piece of flat steel 1/2 by 9 inches long bent at 90 degrees 2 inches from one end, with the other end wedged and glued into a 6 inch piece of 1 inch dowel. COMMENTS: Originally published in Rehabilitation Engineering Sourcebook Supplement 1: Institute for Information Studies, Falls Church, Virginia 22046. SKILLS RE...[More Information]

  8. Recessed Pan Tray. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheelchair tray with a removable recessed pan which can be filled with a variety of tactile stimulation materials. Describes wheelchair lap tray made of plywood 18 by 21 inches (to fit a child's wheelchair) cut to fit against the front of the child, with arms to the back of the chair which are drilled so rope can be tied through them to hold the tray on the chair. The tray has a 9 inch square hole cut into it; a 9 inch cake pan is placed in the hol...[More Information]

  9. Regular Walker Converted to Wheeled Walker. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheels added to the front legs of a standard walker. Adaptation made by screwing pieces of wooden dowel in the front legs of a walker and fixing caster wheels into holes drilled in the dowels. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 11 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1182 PAGES (including cover): 2 1980....[More Information]

  10. Remotely Actuated Telephone Alarm System. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow a nonspeaking, severely weak individual to call for assistance in case of emergency. Describes a device consisting of a radio transmitter remote controlled garage door opener, a dial encoder, a telephone amplifier and a laboratory fabricated power supply. The client keeps the door opener on his person and activates the system, which rings the phone at a prearranged location. Includes photograph of components. COMMENTS: For informati...[More Information]

  11. 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]

  12. 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]

  13. 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]

  14. 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]

  15. 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]

  16. 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]

  17. 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]

  18. 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]

  19. 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]

  20. 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]

  21. 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]

  22. 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]

  23. 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]

  24. 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]

  25. 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]

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