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  1. TABLE SANDBOX -------- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself sandbox for a child with cerebral palsy. A table 2 by 3 feet is set at a height such that the user’s chair just slides under. The table has 4 inch sides to contain the sand, but the center of the front all is reduced by 2 inches to give the user better access. The table is covered with several coats of marine varnish and a snug fitting lid allowing the box to be left outdoors. TITLE: The Table Sandbox. WEBSITE: Workshop...[More Information]

  2. TABLE SAW GUIDE. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Used by a blind person to set the width of the fence from the saw blade. Device is made from plastic pipes cut into different lengths from 1/2 inch to 8 inches. A file is used to mark the size of each (e.g., 4 grooves indicates 4 inches). The proper size pipe is placed against the saw blade and the fence is moved against the opposite end. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Russ Gage, 4820 South 20th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221,...[More Information]

  3. TABLE TENNIS BALL RETRIEVER ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled table tennis ball retriever for use by someone with limited mobility or who is unable to bend over to pick up items from floor. A commercial golfer' s rake with a 12 foot telescopic handle is purchased and the opposite side of the rake end is modified with a ball retriever. Two pieces of metal strapping material are attached in a cross pattern. The ends are shaped to easily spring open over a ball when downward pressure is applied. Inc...[More Information]

  4. TABLE TOP COMMUNICATION DISPLAY -------- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a simple tabletop display to provide an accessible communication alternative for an individual with intellectual and/or communication disabilities. Lay a four-sided grater on the Velcro sensitive fabric on its side. Trace the outline of both the wide & narrow sides of the grater. Cut two of each size to cover all four sides of the grater. Glue the fabric to the grater with hot glue. If the communication symbols are not mounted on tag b...[More Information]

  5. TABLE TOP COMMUNICATOR ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To create a small adapted communication tool for use during meal and snack time for children with communication disabilities. MATERIALS USED: Four-sided grater, felt material, hot glue gun, communication symbols, Hook Velcro®, dark-colored marker, scissors PREPPARATION: 1. Lay the four-sided grater on the felt material. 2. Trace the outline of both the wide and narrow sides of the grater. 3. From the felt, cut two of each size to cove...[More Information]

  6. TACTILE ARCHERY EQUIPMENT --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide do-it-yourself tactile equipment for archery competition for individuals who are blind. There are three types of tactile equipment recommended for blind archery: a foot locator, a tripod, and a tactile sighting device. Foot locators can be made of wood based on diagrams from BBS Archery. A basic telescopic camera or music tripod which can be easily transported can be adapted to hold a tactile sighting device. Finally, a tactile sighting device is ...[More Information]

  7. TACTILE ATTENDANCE BOARD ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a blind receptionist to track availability of staff members. Magnetic markers are placed on a grid to indicate the "in" or "out" status of staff members. Thin lines of self-adhesive foam are applied to the board to tactiley mark its columns and rows, and braille is added to the name markers and the in and out indicators. AUTHOR: Buskirk, J. & Gillespie, J. TITLE: Adaptations for An Agency Receptionist. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter 2...[More Information]

  8. TACTILE MARKINGS FOR RESTAURANT HOSTESS --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with low vision to identify seating sections in a restaurant. An individual working as a hostess in a restauant was unable to identify numbered seating sections in the restaurant because inch-high white numbers painted at the bottom of each seating section were inaccessible. The solution was to install short, round-head screws colored to match the in the top of each booth in the separate seating sections. Simply by touching the booth, ...[More Information]

  9. TACTILE QUILT --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a one-year-old child who is blind with the opportunity to explore different textures. Squares of fabric of varying textures are sewn together into a quilt. To provide additional textures, fabric paint is used to create thick dots on a square and beads are sewn in a pattern on another square. Jingle bells can be sewn between two or more of the squares to provide auditory stimulus. Personal items from the child's family also can be attached to indi...[More Information]

  10. 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]

  11. 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]

  12. 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]

  13. 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]

  14. 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]

  15. 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]

  16. 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]

  17. 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]

  18. 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 http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/telhol.htm. REF: The originator,...[More Information]

  19. 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]

  20. 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]

  21. 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]

  22. 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]

  23. 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]

  24. 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]

  25. 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]

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