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  1. "Chairpod" Camera Support. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids in the inability to hold a standard 35mm SLR camera and reduces time in setting up a standard tripod. Camera is mounted to a wooden cone which sits on wooden piece of board that may be clamped to wheelchair or chair. COMMENTS: "Chairpod" is excellent for severely limited no hand or one hand use. Those without hands would require assistance in focusing camera. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipm...[More Information]

  2. 'Lawry' Rotary Attachment for Paraplegics ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Rotating transfer device to allow paraplegics to use the toilet then swing away from the toilet on the same seat to use the shower hose. Device made of a U shaped seat held horizontally with the help of an S shaped cantelever system fastened to the floor and using ball and taper bearings to let it rotate. This is used in conjunction with an overhead support which allows paraplegics or lower extremity amputees with upper body strength to toilet and ...[More Information]

  3. 90 DEGREE PICK. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons who have developed a hook or palmer grasp or for persons with a wrist splint or cast. Standard pick is inserted sideways into a slit at one end of a thin dowel 5 inches long. the other end is fitted into a 4 inch by 1/2-1 inch thick wooden holder at a 90 degree angle. Encourages flexion of the fingers.Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Simple woodworking. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instruments for the ...[More Information]

  4. A-Frame. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: An eight foot high A- Frame with a heavy duty swivel hook to be used as a base for hammocks, tire swings, chair or platform swings that can be used for vestibular stimulation. Instructions for constructing a large A-frame using three 4 by 4 inches by 8 feet boards and 3/4 inch plywood. Lists materials needed. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Arnold, P L TITLE: Designing for Individual Needs: A Manual on the Design of Environm...[More Information]

  5. ACCESSIBLE KITCHEN COUNTER Picture of ACCESSIBLE KITCHEN COUNTER ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual who use a wheelchair to get under and use a counter. A molded laminate countertop can be supported by installing upright shelf tracks on the kitchen wall and adding deep shelf brackets. Wheelchairs fit underneath and the counter is thin enough to be useful. TITLE: The Accessible Kitchen Counter. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at REF: The originator, Bruce Barney, can be contacted at ...[More Information]

  6. ACCESSIBLE SCOOTER WITH PUTT-PUTT ATTACHMENT ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide support during a recreational game of putt-putt golf. PREPPARATION: Step 1: Make the scooter frame 1. Cut 4 pieces of 1-1/4 inch pipe to make a square. 2. Cut 4 pieces of 1-14 inches pipe for the legs. Make the height comfortable for whoever will be using it. 3. Connect together with 4-way slip connectors. 4. Add caster wheels -- I got the fittings here: Step 2:...[More Information]

  7. ACCESSIBLE WASHERS AND DRYERS. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Enables person in a wheelchair to reach controls on back panel of a washing machine or dryer. Controls are brought forward, even with the front of the machines. Rotary selection knob of washer connects by flexible cable to a large 3 pronged handle which provides leverage. Labeling of the various cycles was placed on a large circle immediately behind the control handle. Dryer cycle selection knobs are duplicated at the front of the machine by large ...[More Information]

  8. ADAPTED BOCCE ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Students with disabilities may experience difficulty in throwing activities, such as bocce. Using the gutter as a ramp provides active participation for those students with movement limitations due to contractures, abnormal muscle tone, etc. The ramp is lightweight, easily transported, and contracts for little storage space. Students may use the ramp as they sit (easiest and great for kids with wheelchairs). Standing, aiming the ramp, and hold...[More Information]

  9. ADAPTED BOW ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Idea on how to use conventional recurve bow without any adaptations for a below elbow prosthesis. A nine inch length of parachute cord fits behind the wrist washer of the prosthesis and loops around the bowstring. Includes pictures. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Brandt, Barbara. TITLE: Amputees Bowhunt and Golf with Special Aids. REF: Journal: Accent on Living, Fall 1983. 1983....[More Information]

  10. ADAPTED CHILD JACKET --- DO-IT-YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create a customized jacket for a child with severe disabilities.This particular child gets hot very easily, which can bring on seizures so getting a jacket on and off easily is essential. This custom adaptation takes a regular child’s jacket and opens it up the back. This adaptation is ideal for non-hooded jackets but can be used with hooded jackets as well. First lay the jacket flat and cut a slit up the back from the bottom all the way to the top. Sew a...[More Information]

  11. ADAPTED CONTROLLER FOR REMOTE CONTROL CARS --- DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist a child with upper extremity disabilities with operating remote control cars. A two-stick controller for model airplanes was more manageable for the child, who lacked the grip strength to use the pistol grip controller for remote-controlled cars and trucks. The cars were set up to be controlled by a single stick, with steering and speed control on the same stick. The controller operates similarly to that of a powered wheelchair and has adjustable-t...[More Information]

  12. ADAPTED GOLF CLUB. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prosthetic terminal device for golf club. A golf club is inserted into a tapered piece of metal pipe and a thumb screw is tightened to hold the club in place. Attached to this is a metal rod cut in two and held in place by a piece of polyurethane tubing (to simulate the wrist movement in swing- through). The third part is threaded and attaches to the wrist unit of the prosthesis. A piece of sponge rubber tubing covers the area where the device inse...[More Information]

  13. ADAPTED JEEP Picture of ADAPTED JEEP --- DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable a person who uses a wheelchair to use a Jeep. A used passenger seat, small crane, and a winch were used to create a hoist that lifts the user into the passenger seat and the wheelchair into the rear cargo area. MATERIALS: Automotive passenger seat, small crane, and a winch. TOOLS: Shop tools. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop and mechanic’s skills. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. REF: Volume 12, Number 1, January/February 2005. WEB: http://www....[More Information]

  14. ADAPTED LONG HANDLED GARDEN TOOLS. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled tools are easier to use if the forearm is secured to the handle. A leather cuff is attached to the shaft of the tool and has velcro straps to secure the forearm. A wooden scythe handle is attached to the shaft with a hose clamp just below the cuff to grasp with hand. Includes materials list and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly, Sewing. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, editors. TITLE: Tools & Techniques for Easier Gardening. REF: Monog...[More Information]

  15. ADAPTED MINICON. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Assistive listening device for increased volume in conversations. The MINICOM is sold as a TV listening system. Simple instructions are provided to adapt the MINICOM as an all-purpose audio loop for one-on-one or group conversations. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR:Paschell, William. TITLE: Do-it-Yourself Listening and Signaling Devices for People with Hearing Impairment. REF: Monograph: available from William Paschell, 3717 May St., Wheaton, ...[More Information]

  16. ADAPTED SKI POLE Picture of ADAPTED SKI POLE --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with grasping disabilities to use a ski pole. A glove was specially sewn from a mitt to contain just two fingers. The fingers fit on either side of the post. The hand is held in place by the wide Velcro band around the arm and the wrist, which is made flexible by a rubber joint. TITLE: The Adapted Skipole. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at REF: The originator, Tom Jeary, can be con...[More Information]

  17. ADAPTED TABLE TENNIS RACKET. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted table tennis racket for person without fingers. The racket fits onto the person's hand and wrist. Racket paddle is constructed from 1/4 inch plywood, two side supports are made from 3/4 inch aluminum strips that are slightly longer than the hand and wrist. Bolt the supports to the racket. Secure a soft quilted snow mitten without the thumb between the side supports and place two wide elastic straps around the mitten and supports for greater...[More Information]

  18. ADAPTED TABLE TENNIS RACKET. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adapted table tennis racket for person using a prosthetic hook. Racket paddle is constructed from 1/4 inch plywood, with a handle made from 3/4 inch wood. An outline of the hook is drawn on the handle, and a knife is used to cut out the shape of the hook. The hook should fit snugly to keep the racket secure while playing table tennis. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Jim Cowart TITLE: Teacher Made Devices for Archery, Badmint...[More Information]

  19. ADAPTING PUZZLES ---- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To provide several do-it-yorself options for adapting puzzles for children with grasping and fine motor skill disabilities. First, cut notches into the side of the puzzles pieces to make them easier to grasp. A second method reqires adding handles of some kind to the puzzle pieces (i.e. a knob, empty thread spool, or section of dowel rod). If the puzzle came with knobs, but they are too small, replace them with larger knobs. Third, if the child cannot g...[More Information]

  20. ADD-ON TRAY, THE Picture of ADD-ON TRAY, THE ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To keep crayons, drinks, and other items within reach of a wheelchair user. The add on tray shown was custom built of 3/8-ply to slide over the standard wheelchair tray. Multiple compartments allow her to keep crayon colors and other small items organized and hold drinks. TITLE: The Add-On Tray. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at REF: The originator, Tom Jeary, can be contacted at[More Information]

  21. ADJUSTABLE ALIGNMENT DEVICE FOR BLIND PUTTER. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Gives blind golfers a way of keeping putters aligned with the direction of the cup. Can also be used for putting in miniature golf. Diagram and suggested material list for an adjustable device which lays on the ground in front of the blind golfer. A partner or caddy assists the blind putter by giving auditory cues and helping to line up the device. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: TITLE: IRUC Briefings. REF:Journal: January: Published by Ameri...[More Information]

  22. ADJUSTABLE ANGLE KEY HOLDER. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device allows alternate hand positions to be used when holding a key to unlock a door. Photo shows one example of key lengthened by attaching simple hardware. Suggestion is to determine best hand position for functional key use, then adjust angle of key holder to correspond to the angle of the lock in the door. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Empl...[More Information]

  23. AID FOR INSERTING PAPER INTO TYPEWRITER. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to insert paper into typewriter for those with minimal hand function. Paper insert attachment is for the end of a mouthstick or for use with a quad cuff typing stick. A piece of low temperature thermal plastic 3 inches by 1 inch is beveled on one of the short ends. Two holes are punched just off center in the middle and the plastic is heated and folded in half lengthwise. A dowel is inserted through the holes and the plastic forms a clip like d...[More Information]

  24. ALGEBRA TEACHING AID -----"DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To assist individuals who are blind in learning to multiply monomials. The device provides a tactile representation of the FOIL method of multiplying (First terms in each set of parentheses; then the Outer terms; then the Inner terms; and then the Last terms). This article describes a set of manipulatives created to aid in locating the appropriate terms in the proper positions. The device uses a folder and four library card pockets. Two pockets are fixed...[More Information]

  25. ALL BY MYSELF ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To help children with fine motor and grasping difficulties turn the pages of a book. Materials Needed: Book, several empty daily lens cases, adhesive (glue or tape). Instructions: 1. Determine how many contact lens cases will be need for the selected book. 2. Attach one contact lens case to a page using either glue or tape. If using glue, allow the first to dry on the page before attaching the next contact lens case. Ways to Adapt this ...[More Information]

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