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  1. Standard Bathboard and Adaptations Ideas Exchange. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bathboard is designed to fit standard bathtubs that have a 2 inch lip on the side attached to bathroom wall; can be adapted to fit various tub widths and to raise seat height whenever getting on and off low surfaces is difficult; backrest may also be added. Bathboard seat is contructed of fir wood joined by wood screws and finished with clear gloss floor finish; backrest is made of plywood joined by wood screws and staples; velcro strips and fasten...[More Information]

  2. Standard Chair Conversion: 2: Backrest. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: High back provides more support in a classroom chair. Back for a classroom chair made of plywood to fit the width of the chair and torso height of the child. Additional head support and harnesses depend on medical advisor. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 38-39. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC ...[More Information]

  3. Standing Board. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Standing board provides assistance for children unable to stand without support. Also enables children to practice weight bearing activities and to improve balance and circulation. Plywood standing aid consists of a standing board and footboard attached to form an L shape and sit on a platform base. Support boards, including a hinged catch strip are attached to the back of the standing board. The hinged catch strip allows the standing board to be a...[More Information]

  4. Standing Table. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Table with built-in supports to allow a child who cannot stand unaided to maintain an upright position. Describes construction of a pine and plywood table, measured to fit the child, with a fitted cutout, a door to hold the child against the cutout, and knee and foot supports to hold the child upright. Lists materials needed; provides diagrams and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hofmann, R B TITLE: How to Build Special Furniture ...[More Information]

  5. Standing Wedge for Increasing Ankle Dorsiflexion. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable wedge designed to be used to promote ankle dorsiflexion by stretching the achilles tendon. Describes construction and uses of a standing wedge, made of a 54 by 7 by 3/4 inch piece of wood, 2 hinges (6 screw), and wood stripping. The wood is cut into 3 pieces to make a base, standing surface and swinging support, and the pieces are hinged together. The stripping is used to make stops for the support, allowing adjustment of the wedge from ...[More Information]

  6. Stapler, Office-Shop. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stapler fastened to a base to prevent movement and with an oversize handle to allow use by persons with serious functional limitations of the upper extremities. Base and oversize handle for a stapler made of shop plywood and polyfoam. Lists dimensions and includes a photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact Jerome Rubino, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, 622 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11230. Developed by Marina Greco, John...[More Information]

  7. Sticky-Back Label Peeler ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to enable someone with the use of one hand only to remove sticky-back labels from their backing. Describes a device, made of wood with 4 small steel paper guides, through which the strip of labels on backing is threaded. The backing paper is pulled directly down over an edge and the labels separate and continue to move forward. Includes a diagram. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Ross, L M; ed TITLE: Problem Solving With Rehabilitation ...[More Information]

  8. Stool for Use in Shower Stall. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stool for use in the shower for people who have difficulty showering due to muscle weakness, pain or shortness of breath. Shower stool made of plywood 16 by 16 inches and with legs 20 by 2 by 2 inches; there is a skirting about 6 inches deep around the stool, and a cutout section on the seat extending part way down the front skirting. Can be made with or without a back. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Stewart, M; Bell, J ...[More Information]

  9. Style is Style. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Suggestions for maintaining a good appearance for a wheelchair user with little muscle tone, including a minor adaption to shirts. Suggests 1) wearing a corset to improve appearance; and 2) having slits cut into the sides of shirts to allow the chest strap to stay under the shirt and out of sight. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kilgour, K D TITLE: Style is Style JOURNAL: Clinical Forum REF: Vol 1 no 1, 1986: np PAGES (including ...[More Information]

  10. T-shirt With Separating Zipper in Side Seam and Sleeve. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: T-shirt with a zipper under one arm and down the side, allowing it to open completely on one side for easier dressing and undressing for someone with limited arm movement. Instructions for making and for adapting T-shirts with a long zipper down one side. Includes photograph. Also suggests using large nylon zippers with easily grasped zipper pulls on T-shirts to make it easier for children to dress themselves. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kerna...[More Information]

  11. T-shirt with Shoulder Opening. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: T-shirt with snap closing shoulder seam to allow it to be more easily pulled over a child' s head. Adaptation of a standard T-shirt: One shoulder seam is unstitched, the edges bound with twill tape (or seam binding) and snap fasteners sewn in. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 146 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0866 PAGES (including cover):...[More Information]

  12. 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]

  13. 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]

  14. 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]

  15. 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]

  16. 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]

  17. 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]

  18. 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]

  19. 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]

  20. 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]

  21. 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]

  22. 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]

  23. 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]

  24. 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]

  25. 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]

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