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  1. TALKING COIN COUNTER. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Talking coin counter to allow a blind person to independently count and sort a large volume of mixed coins. Brandt Model 963 Microsortt coin counter was interfaced with a Digital Pathways SLC-II Microcomputer and a software program developed by the Office Information Systems, Inc. of Minneapolis. Can be connected to printer for hard copy record. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: TITLE: Talking Coin Counter REF: Article: Minnesota State Services...[More Information]

  2. TALKING COUNTER ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Talking coin sorter to assist blind vending route operators with money management. Describes adaptation of a Brandt Model 963 Microsort Coin Counter using a Digital Pathways SLC-II microcomputer and a program developed by the Business Enterprises Program, Minnesota State Services for the Blind as an interface to allow a blind operator to obtain a spoken message giving the sum total counted and the sum for each denomination coin. COMMENTS: For infor...[More Information]

  3. TALKING PHOTO FRAME SWITCH ---"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities and communication disabilities to communicate. Talking Photo Frames may be adapted to create a small talking switch that can be used as a beginning augmentative communication device. The lid of the photo frame is used as a switch to activate the voice. This eliminates the need for a separate switch and there are no wires from the switch to the voice-output device. A picture and/or te...[More Information]

  4. TAP TURNER ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The Tap Turner provides leverage for those with limited ability to turn taps and knobs. Illustrates a device made of 8 inches of an aluminum bar 1 by 1/8 inches with two pieces of 3/8 by 1 by 4 inches wood made into a handle; and two carriage bolts fastened 1 1/2 inches apart on the other end (or it can be made adjustable by making several holes on the strip and the inside bolt movable, fastened with a wing nut). SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. Wood...[More Information]

  5. TAPE DECK MODIFICATION. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification to the tape deck switches for ease of use by someone with out good finger control. The mode switch was redesigned to make selection easier by increasing the size and shape of the switch and decreasing the amount of force required to turn it on. The record button was modified by a spring steel push bar eliminating precise finger dexterity. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Bob Warren, UCP of Akron, 318 Water Stre...[More Information]

  6. TAPE RECORDER ADAPTATION FOR LOW FORCE ACTUATION ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows a person with limited finger strength to actuate tape recorder control buttons. Commercially available tape recorder is placed into a wooden unit which has custom positioned levers and/or sliding arms. Two versions are shown in photographs. Concepts can be applied to other models of tape recorders. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employm...[More Information]

  7. TAPE RECORDER OPERABLE BY CHIN SWITCH ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Independent operation of a portable tape recorder by a person with no upper extremity use. Example described is for a person with bilateral upper extremity amputation. Attach a tape recorder to a camera shoulder strap, so recorder can be worn over the shoulder. mount a microphone on the shoulder strap, positioned close to the individuals mouth. Mount a switch on the shoulder strap, positioned where it can be turned on and off by the individual's ch...[More Information]

  8. TEACHER-MADE ADAPTED DEVICES FOR ARCHERY, BADMINTON, AND TABLE TENNIS ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Desire to have a teenage boy with muscular dystrophy participate in activities with his peers led to creation of an adapted archery bow. This student was only able to move forearms, wrists, and fingers independently. A 3/16 inch piece of aluminum is cut in the shape of the belly of the bow. Holes are drilled into the bow so that fasteners can be inserted. The aluminum piece is bolted to the fasteners. A piece of wood is cut measuring 1 1/2 inches s...[More Information]

  9. TELEPHONE HOLSTER Picture of TELEPHONE HOLSTER ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who uses a wheelchair to transport and keep within reach a cordless telephone. A tube with an open top and a closed bottom was made of weatherproof material. The tube was fastened underneath the wheelchair seat with the phone's antenna extending into reach while staying close to the side of the chair. TITLE: The Telephone Holster. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at REF: The originator,...[More Information]

  10. TEXTURED DIE-CUT ORNAMENTS --- DO IT YOURSELF --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals to create simulated braille on ornaments. Fabric paint applied to die-cut ornaments creates a tactile image. Using a Simulated Braille Technique (see entry), a braille message can be added to the ornament. Required supplies include die-cut shapes of craft foam or flat shapes of other stiff materials, soap flakes, corn syrup, tempera paint, hole punch, and ribbon or yarn. Punch a hole in the top of each shape to hold a ribbon or yarn hanger. U...[More Information]

  11. THERMOSTAT ADAPTATION ---"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable people with low vision or who use wheelchairs to see where a thermostat is set. To adapt a round, dial-style thermostat, set the thermostat to a temperature that is normally comfortable. Put glue at the 12 o'clock and six o'clock positions on the thermostat and place the dowel on the glue so the top of the dowel is at the 12 o'clock position. Tape in place. When the glue dries, remove the tape. To further adapt the thermostat, put numbers on the ...[More Information]

  12. THERMOSTAT CONTROL ARM Picture of THERMOSTAT CONTROL ARM ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities and who uses a wheelchair to adjust the thermostat in her apartment. A frame of copper tubing was already mounted on the wall near the thermostat in order to mount an Adjustable Telephone Support. The frame has spare space, and additional items can easily be attached to it using small, narrow hose clips. A new bracket, complete with a lever, was assembled and attached to the frame. The user is able get...[More Information]

  13. THREE SIDED BOX. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prevents a child positioned on a wedge cushion from rolling over or sliding down in seat. For use in conjunction with a 10 by 5 inch Tiny Tot wedge. Wooden box has two 20 by 10 inch sides mounted on a base 20 by 13 inches. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Glickman, L. TITLE: Physical Therapy. REF: Journal: Vol 61 No 1, January. 1981....[More Information]

  14. THUMBGARD. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Protects thumb from being scratched by the fingernails of constantly moving athetoid fingers. Fabric thumb guard reaches from wrist to tip of thumb. Elastic in wrist section keeps guard in place. Recommended as a better alternative than bandages or guards which are tied on. Pattern sketch included, with sewing instructions. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Draves, L. TITLE: Exceptional Parent. REF:Journal: April: p 6. 1987....[More Information]

  15. TIME TEACHING TOOL FOR STUDENTS WITH LOW VISION -----"DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision in learning to tell time. For a student with low vision, using a standard wall clock as a teaching tool is difficult. The instructor explained that the clock has two hands, a little hand for the hours and a big hand for the minutes. She also explained that if the number to which the big hand was pointing was multiplied by 5, the time would be clear. For example, if the the hour hand pointed to 5 and the minute hand ...[More Information]

  16. TOE TOUCHER ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to enable persons who can't reach their feet to wash and dry their toes. Simple device consisting of a 1/2 inch diameter dowel 18 to 24 inches long, with a 6 inch slit up one end. A washcloth or towel is inserted into the slit and wrapped around the stick to use. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 15 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1126 PAGES (including cove...[More Information]

  17. TOGGLE SWITCH CONTROLLED ELECTRICAL CLUTCH FOR THE WHITE 4-2104WD TRACTOR. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Electrical clutch assembly for operators with upper and lower extremity impairments, such as quadriplegia. Custom modification for a White 4-210 4WD tractor, uses an electric actuator that can be operated with a dash mounted toggle switch. A clevis pin that connects the foot pedal to the internal clutch assembly was replaced with a pin that extends about two inches to the outside of the linkage. A 12 volt electric actuator is installed on the side ...[More Information]

  18. TOILET TRANSFER AID Picture of TOILET TRANSFER AID --- DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a means for those with weak muscles a means of independently getting on and off the toilet. Two one-inch eyehooks are attached to the bathroom ceiling about 16 inches apart and 8 inches in front of the toilet. A length of quarter-inch nylon rope is braided through the hooks, then threaded through 5/16-inch holes in two 1.75-inch wooden dowels, each 18 inches long. The top dowel is placed at the user’s shoulder level and the lower one 8 inches belo...[More Information]

  19. TOOL HOLDER. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wrist holder for small hand tools. Standard wrist splints can be adapted to hold small hand held garden tools. The wrist splints are secured with velcro. Includes drawing of sample application. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monograph: Gardens For All, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401: p 35. PAGES (including cover):1 1984....[More Information]

  20. TOUCHABLE BOXES --- DO IT YOURSELF --- PURPOSE: To teach math concepts, spatial orientation, and other concepts to students who are blind or who have low vision. The box begins with a plastic box with a smooth, flat, snap-lock top. Place two strips of self-adhesive Velcro in parallel lines on the lid, so they resemble lines on a sheet of paper. Turn the lid over and attach three parallel lines. This creates a set of worksheet templates. Other configurations and layouts for special uses can be created using addi...[More Information]

  21. TRACK RUNNING GUIDE -----"DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with low vision or blindness in running track events in competition. A rope was stretched the length of the lanes the runners would use and a short piece of PVC pipe was threaded on to each rope, with the pipe being able to move freely along the rope. Volunteers were stationed approximately 15 feet apart to hold the rope at waist level. During the race, the runner holds the pipe, allowing it to glide on the rope to guide him/her do...[More Information]

  22. TRANSFER COMMODE SEAT. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted transfer seat on a commercially available commode chair with swing away arms. Allows person to transfer more easily between a wheelchair or bed and the commode chair. The standard seat is removed from a commode chair and a wooden seat is made from 3/4 inch plywood. One side of the seat is extended like a transfer board with a slot near the far end to hook onto the wheelchair frame. Includes pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Ei...[More Information]

  23. TRAVEL CANE SPLINT -----"DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To temporarily repair a travel cane when it breaks at the joint. This splint is designed to be carried in a pocket, purse, or brief case for use when needed. Mark the top and bottom of a length of half-inch diameter CPVC pipe (used for hot water) into quarters. Using a table saw, cut out one quarter of the circumference of the top and bottom for the length of the pipe. Cut the pipe into as many four-inch long sections as the pipe length permits. Smooth ...[More Information]

  24. TRAVEL CANE TRAINING AID -----"DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To assist in teaching proper use and positioning of a travel cane. This aid can be used when the student is first introduced to the long cane and is learning the constant contact diagonal technique or for teaching the proper width of the arc to students learning to use a cane with a roller tip. To prepare the teacher's guide cane, affix three strips of self-adhesive rough or hook Velcro around the lower shaft near the tip and three strips around the tip...[More Information]

  25. TRIANGLE CHAIR ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Triangle chair to provide back and side support and to keep a child's legs apart. Describes chair made of 3 quarter-circles of plywood fastened together to make seat and support sides; 2 dowels are fastened to the front of the seat to keep the child's legs separated. This can be used on the floor or fastened to a standard chair. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Finnie, N R TITLE: Handling the Young Cerebral Palsied Child at Home REF: New York:...[More Information]

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