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  1. Shaped Foam Wedge. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Foam wedge with side supports for older children with severe physical disabilities. Describes construction of a foam wedge with side supports made from foam mattress, covered in waterproof material (vinyl or terylene) with a terrycloth removable cover. Includes drawings, possible uses and comments. Does not provide instructions for the covers. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Par...[More Information]

  2. Shaving Foam Dispenser. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow a shaving foam (or any aerosol can) to be operated by pushing down a handle. Useful for those with limited hand function. Aerosol can dispenser made with a 4 by 6 inch wooden base, a 1 by 1 inch upright fastened to one side drilled with several holes to correspond with the heights of various cans, and a cross handle 2 by 1 by 6 inches with a 1 inch U cut to fit around the upright. The handle is fastened to the upright with a wing nu...[More Information]

  3. Shirt or Blouse with Underarm Gusset. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extra fabric for the underarm of a blouse or shirt sleeve to allow greater moving ease. Explains how to insert an underarm gusset. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 66 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1978....[More Information]

  4. Shirt with Back Opening. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shirt that opens up the back as well as front for ease of dressing for persons with limited movement. Instructions for putting a lightweight zipper in the back of a shirt, giving alternatives of using snaps or velcro discs for closing. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 54-55 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (i...[More Information]

  5. Shirt with Stretch Inserts in Raglan Sleeves. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shirt with stretch inserts in the sleeve seams to permit freer arm movement, as for using crutches or a wheelchair. Instructions for adding stretch material in the sleeve seams of a raglan sleeved shirt. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 143 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1978....[More Information]

  6. Shoe Horn. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shoehorn with a long handle for people with limited range of motion or reach. Provides pattern and instructions for an extended shoehorn made from a piece of plastic guttering and a wooden dowel. A hanging loop can be attached to the other end. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 36-37 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1126 PAGES ( including cover): ...[More Information]

  7. Shoe Remover. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pointed stick is used to assist in removing shoes. The end of a hardwood stick measuring 36 by 3/4 by 1/2 inches is tapered to a point. To remove shoe, place the pointed end into the shoe near the heel and push down until the shoe slips off. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p ...[More Information]

  8. Shoe or Boot Remover. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple device to pull off shoes or boots by wedging the heel in a V shaped cutout and holding the device down with the other foot. Device made of a piece of wood about 5/8 inch by 16 by 6 inches with a V cutout of one end, attached to a riser the same thickness and width and about 2 inched high. Includes instructions, diagram and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People REF: London, Englan...[More Information]

  9. Shower Collar for Persons With Tracheostomy. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Protective collar allows tracheostomy patients to shower. Collar prevents water from entering tracheostomy and blocking air passage. Pattern for collar is drawn from Sansplint XR, a rigid, moldable splinting material resistant to shrinkage. Two measurements are required: 1) from just above the arch of the cricoid notch, and 2) the circumference of the neck from the outer edges of each ear. Collar is molded onto patient's neck. A trough is formed al...[More Information]

  10. Side Lying Board. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Side lying board to relieve pressure from constantly lying in one position. Instructions for making a plywood side lying board, padded with foam and vinyl, with straps to hold a person in place. COMMENTS: Notes that a therapist should make the decisions as to the appropriateness and size of this device. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Arnold, P A TITLE: Designing for Individual Needs: A Manual on the Design of Environments, Furnishings and Ma...[More Information]

  11. Signalling Device. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Signalling device, allowing a nonvocal person with limited hand and arm movement to signal for assistance. Can be activated using a headstick. Lists hardware needed and provides diagrams for constructing a signaling device, developed for use in a workshop. It can be made to activate both a full bell and a clatter signal. COMMENTS: For information contact: George Hardman, Vocational Education for the Handicapped, Stevens Point Area Public Schools, 1...[More Information]

  12. Simple Battery Light. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: This light toy may be hooked up with any simple switch. Lights are especially reinforcing to some children and can be very useful in training the visually impaired. The simple battery light gives basic instructions that can be expanded for many uses. Device is constructed of a small plastic food container or box large enough to hold a 6 volt dry cell battery, clear plastic pill bottle with snap lid, 6 volt light bulb and socket; 6 volt dry cell, ro...[More Information]

  13. Simple Materials for Hand Exerciser. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Exercising device has been successfully used to strengthen intrinsic and extrinsic hand muscles in a hemiplegic patient. Can be used in a variety of conditions where hand function needs improvement. By alternating clothespins and tongue depressors, the device can offer graded active resistive exercise for the hand throughout the range of motion. The device offers the least resistance distally from the clothespins. As one grasps closer to the spring...[More Information]

  14. Sit Time Monitor: A Device for Measuring Wheelchair Sitting Time. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The Sit Time Monitor is used to obtain objective, quantitative information on the number of hours a patient sits in a wheelchair. Describes device made of a pressure-sensitive ribbon switch pad placed under the wheelchair cushion, a digital electronic timer attached to the back of the chair, and a two part cable that joins them. Lists materials needed. Includes photographs. COMMENTS: Study supported in part by NIHR grant 23-578886. Authors affiliat...[More Information]

  15. Size Selection No 1: Caterpillars. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy with several sizes of blocks and dowels to help a child develop a sense of sizes. Describes a toy consisting of 3 wooden blocks (approximately 1 1/4 inches high and wide by 5, 8 and 11 inches long) with holes drilled near the ends of each, dowels (2 each approximately 2, 3 and 4 inches long) and a base, about 3 by 11 inches. The holes through each block correspond with holes drilled into the base so each block can be held on the base with dowel...[More Information]

  16. Size Selection No 2: Flowers. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy intended to help teach a child the concept of size. Describes toy made with a 3 by 5 inch softwood base, 3 pieces of 3/4 inch dowel, 1 inch long, and 3 plywood (1/2 inch) flower shapes, 2, 1 1/2 and 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Three holes are drilled in the base and the dowel glued in them. The child then tries to put the flowers on the dowels in order of size. Includes list of materials, instructions and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. A...[More Information]

  17. Skater Sled for Retarded Persons. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Support with ice runners to help mentally retarded students with poor balance learn to ice skate. Skater sled made of a walker with an auxiliary seat, movable arm support and ice runners. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Capecchi, J TITLE: Skater Sled for Retarded Persons JOURNAL: Physical Therapy REF: Vol 58 no 2, Feb 1978: p 181 PAGES ( including cover): 2 1978....[More Information]

  18. Skittles. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Game of skill requiring eye-hand coordination. Materials include a plywood base 10 by 10 inches with a wooden dowel 1/2 inch by 12 inches fastened in the middle; a piece of string is fastened to the top of the dowel and tied around a weight such as a walnut. Ten skittles - pieces of 1 inch dowel or broom handle 3 inches high - are arranged in a wide circle around the post. The object is to drop the weight so the string wraps around the pole then th...[More Information]

  19. Sleek Seat. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Positioning seat to hold a child's legs in a flexed position, bring the shoulders into protraction and allow the hands to come together midline. Chair made from a large cardboard or PVC tube cut into the shape of a chair with edges padded with foam tubing, and a hole cut out of the area behind the head. The seat is a velcro-attached cotton sling, adjustable in depth, suspended in the tube. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. Sewing. Assem...[More Information]

  20. Slide Projector Switch. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Kodak Carousel projectors have a remote control switch that can be modified for use with severely disabled persons. Switch can be activated be a cheek, chin, or other body part to change pictures on a screen that is positioned within visual range. Device is made from Kodak Carousel projector with remote control switch, round lid from a plastic food container 4 to 5 inches in diameter and a sturdy piece of string. COMMENTS: This projector is not bat...[More Information]

  21. Slip with Front Zipper. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Zip-front slip for easier dressing. A lightweight nylon or polyester zipper, about 16 inches in length, sewn into the front of a slip. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 136 NARIC CALL NUMBER: RO866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1978....[More Information]

  22. Small Holder for Knitting Needle. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder enables those with use of one hand to knit or crochet. Knitting needle or crochet hook is inserted into hardwood holder. Holder is held in place on table or other surface with suction feet. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p 272 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R336...[More Information]

  23. Small Parts Counting Aids. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to help count small metal items for packaging; useful to persons who have trouble counting exactly and for persons who have difficulty manipulating small objects. Describes two part device: a holder and a magnetized lifter. The holder is a block of wood drilled with holes sized to hold one object each. The objects are brushed across the board until the holes are full; then the extras are brushed off. The lifter has magnetized pegs which corr...[More Information]

  24. Some Tips From a Disabled Driver. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple devices and suggestions for locking and unlocking the passenger door from the driver's seat, holding doors open, putting things in the trunk, and supporting the right arm while driving. Suggests using a length of wood with a notch in the end for locking the opposite door, another stick to prop open the trunk door, a cane to pull things from the rear of the trunk, and padding a small wooden box with foam to rest the right arm on. AUTHOR: Lunt...[More Information]

  25. Special School Teachers, Pupils Hail Quadricycle. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Two bicycles fastened together, to make it possible for disabled children to learn to ride. Describes a quadricycle made by fastening two standard bicycles together with three metal bars, providing a cross connection mechanism to ensure the front wheels turn in unison. Other adaptations include wider than avarage seats, the addition of rollerskate baseplates to the pedals to hold the riders feet on the pedals, and fitting the learner's side with a ...[More Information]

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