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  1. Roller Chair. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tubular chair with a straight back allowing a child with spastic cerebral palsy to sit with legs apart and feet flat on the ground. Chair made of plywood and hardboard. Two 8 by 8 pieces of wood rounded at the top are joined by 3 struts, two on the bottom, one on top. A piece of plywood 15 1/2 by 20 inches rounded at the top is screwed to the back. Hardboard (14 by 21 1/ 2 inches) is soaked overnight then bent over frame and tacked into place. A 1 ...[More Information]

  2. Rollermobile for Children with Cerebral Palsy. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wheeled roller seat for use by severely involved elementary school-aged children with cerebral palsy. Describes construction of a feet-propelled wheeled vehicle made of plywood, 1/8 inch pliable plastic, 5 inch platform casters, padding and vinyl for the seat, 3 automobile seat belts and velcro. The seat is triangular with wings for support. Trunk and hood are made of boxes. The seat belts are used to secure the child's pelvis and to hold the thigh...[More Information]

  3. Rolling Board for Treatment and Evaluation of Neurologically Involved Patients. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Low platform on wheels for treating and evaluating patients who have abnormal postural reactions. Describes a board made of two 3/4 inch plywood boards, 30 by 48 inches, making a platform 1 1/2 inches thick; with 4 skateboard wheel trucks (each with 2 wheels with sealed bearings), and a pivoting dowel handle attached with 2 eye bolts. A rubber, non-slip surface is affixed to the board. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Bohannon, R W; ...[More Information]

  4. Rope Cutting Jig. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to cut stranded nylon rope and seal the rope ends so they dont fray. Developed for use in a workshop contracted to install rope carriers on a battery carrying holder. Describes a rope cutting jig made of an 80 watt soldering iron mounted in a hinged bracket, with a piece of copper sheet replacing the soldering tip. The iron is lowered onto the rope and melts through it. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information Contact: Leonard ...[More Information]

  5. Roundabout Chair Available for Another User. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Describes an alternative wheelchair on a low stand, operated with a hand crank. Chair made of an office swivel chair fastened to a heavy plywood base supported on a steel tube frame; there are two fixed wheels in back ( the wheels fit underneath the frame) and one wheel in the front used to steer and propel the chair from post by the rider's knee. A vertical drive shaft motivated by a crankhandle runs down the post and rotates the front wheel throu...[More Information]

  6. SAFETY IN THE BATHROOM ---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---- PURPOSE: To make bathroom use safer for seniors and individuals with mobility, walking, or balance disabilities. This article, part of the chapter entitled "Bathroom & Washing Up," dicusses ways to provide greater bathroom safety, including using non-slip surfaces in the tub or shower and on the bathroom floor; installing grab bars; ensuring adequate lighting; and having ground-fault-interrupted (GFI) outlets in the bathroom. AUTHOR: Greenstein, D. TITLE: Bathroo...[More Information]

  7. SAFETY PROGRAM BINGO CARDS ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---PURPOSE: To enable a blind receptionist to keep track of numbers for a daily safety program bingo game. The date and daily number are brailled on index cards using a Janus 3x5 inch interpoint slate. A hole is punched in the upper left hand corner of each card, and the cards are threaded in a single binder ring. AUTHOR: Buskirk, J. & Gillespie, J. TITLE: Adaptations for an Agency Receptionist. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter 2005: p. 168-170. PAGES: 3....[More Information]

  8. SANDY TRAILS BRAILLE TRACKING SYSTEM --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To teach pre-schoolers with some useable vision who are learning Braille letters to track evenly across a Braille line. The system includes a set of sheets that have been Brailled. The full Braille cell (the “for” sign) is written on alternate lines of all sheets. The first sheet introduced has blank lines between the “for” sign lines, enabling beginners to simply work on moving across the page and back. The second sheet introduced works on efficiency, and a...[More Information]

  9. SCANNING AID. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to evaluate a person's optimal ability to operate a scanning device. A simple adapter unit provides access to many commercially available switches. The user can compare the use a wide selection of switches. The device can scan in three modes: step scan, directed scan, or latching scan. Speed can be adjusted. the evaluation device has five display panels to scan through during each evaluation session. Plexiglass cover can be removed to change...[More Information]

  10. SCOOTER CANOPY Picture of SCOOTER CANOPY ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To protect an individual who uses a scooter who is sun sensitive from sun exposure. This canopy is detachable and folds for transport and storage. The frame is made from steel and aluminum tubing and it is covered in sunbrella fabric (nylon or nylon/urethane material can also be used). Scaled drawings for the frame are available from the originator. OPTIONS: Plastic windows can be added for those seeking rain/snow protection rather than sun protection. TITLE:...[More Information]

  11. SCOOTER VENTILATOR MOUNT --- DO IT YOURSELF --- PURPOSE: To provide ventilator users with a means of carrying the ventilator on a scooter. Attach a heavy-duty key rings to the armrest posts using nylon web straps with clips that can clip on the handle rings of the ventilator to allow the ventilator to hang from the armrests behind the seat. Place the ventilator battery on the scooter floor between the user's legs. Use the ventilator's external direct current (DC) battery cord to connect the battery to the ventilator. Se...[More Information]

  12. SCREEN MAGNIFIER -----"DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY" ----- PURPOSE: To enlarge text in Windows applications. Most computers running Windows XP enable the user to enlarge text by holding down the Ctrl key while rolling the scroll wheel toward him/herself; rolling the wheel away reduces text size. This technique can be used in Word, Excel, and in the normal view in PowerPoint. It also works to a limited degree on the Internet. TOOLS: Mouse with scroll wheel. SKILLS REQUIRED: Computer. AUTHOR: Speer, P. TITLE: Speer Tip No...[More Information]

  13. SEAT BOARD. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Eliminates the sling effect from a wheelchair sling seat, provides a solid seating platform. Diagram and direction for making a wooden seat support for a wheelchair. the board should be placed between, not on, the rails to which the seat is fastened. Similar to commercially available product. SKILLS REQUIRED: woodworking AUTHOR: Gavee, B. TITLE: Wheelchair and Accessories REF: Book: Accent Press, Bloomington, IL; p 45. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0848. 198...[More Information]

  14. SEATING DEVICE FOR MULTIPLY HANDICAPPED INFANTS. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple seating device to hold mildly involved children positioned correctly in standard chairs. This describes a commercial device called "Baby Safe Sit" but the pictures are so well drawn that the device could be fabricated if it cannot be found in stores. It is designed to use with healthy infants from 3 months to 2 years of age. It is one piece with a high back for support, a padded seat, and a support flap that is positioned between the child's...[More Information]

  15. SEATING FOR PRODUCTION WORKER --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with neurological or balance disabilities to work at multiple production workbenches. For individuals with balance and neurological disabilities, standing or sitting on high stools to perform production work is often not an option. To create this adaptation, a shop-quality operator's chair on a star-shaped pedestal base was selected to be secured to a custom platform. The wooden platform was constructed to raise the chair to the approp...[More Information]

  16. SEWING MACHINE WITH PUFF AND SIP CONTROL SYSTEM. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sip and puff control for sewing machine for person unable to use the standard leg or foot controls. The foot control of a standard industrial sewing machine was modified with a sip and puff control. The harder the person blows on the tube the faster the machine will run. Sipping on the tube raises the presser foot. Speed is maintained by blocking the tube with the tongue. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: Don Warren, Clinical ...[More Information]

  17. SHEET FRAME Picture of SHEET FRAME --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold heavy sheets and blankets off of a person's legs to prevent the person from getting tangled in them. The dimensions of the frame depend on the length and height of the bed, so no measurements are provided. The frame's base is constructed from 1.25-inch PVC pipe. Two "L"-shaped sections of pipe of equal size are placed on the floor with the longer sections parallel and the shorter sections pointing toward one another. Connect a 90 degree elbow fitting...[More Information]

  18. SHIFT CONVERSION AND FOOT GUARD FOR A HONDA THREE-WHEELER. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Designed for operators with lower extremity impairments, foot guards help keep one's legs from slipping. A handle, allowing hand shifting, is attached to the foot activated shifter mechanism. The foot guard is constructed of mild steel bar stock and flat steel, with one edge rough or toothed to prevent slipping. The footguard is mounted directly over the existing foot rest, and no major modifications are needed to accommodate the guard. The gear sh...[More Information]

  19. SHIFTER POSITION CONVERSION AND FOOT GUARD FOR HONDA 200 SX. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Designed for an ATV operator who has use of the right foot, but not the left. The foot guard is constructed of mild steel bar stock with flat bar stock welded to it for mounting brackets. It is bolted to the bracket holding the existing foot rest and also to the outside end of the footrest. A conversion linkage which allows gear shifting from the opposite side of the ATV is attached to the existing gear shift lever. The linkage passes through the f...[More Information]

  20. SHOULDER POSITIONING DEVICE FOR PATIENTS WITH HEMIPLEGIA ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to maintain a hemiplegic shoulder in abduction (about 75 degrees) and external rotation (neutral) with the elbow in enough flexion to prevent the shoulder from internally rotating while the patient is lying down. Shoulder positioner made primarily from urethane foam with velcro fasteners, intended to hold the shoulder in the appropriate position, while supine, to prevent pain, subluxation, spasticity and loss of range of motion. Includes ins...[More Information]

  21. SIDE / ARMREST BAGS --- DO IT YOURSELF --- PURPOSE: To provide powered wheelchair users with carrying capability. Two pocket organizers designed for use on car visors were purchased from the automotive section of a local store. One organizer was strapped to each arm and the front strap of each was clamped under the armrest pad. TITLE: Side/Arm Rest Bags. REF: The organization can also be reached at Wheelchair Modifications, 5533 A Pony Farm Drive, Richmond, VA 23227....[More Information]

  22. SIDE VISION TRAINING LIGHTS Picture of SIDE VISION TRAINING LIGHTS --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist a therapist in retraining perceptual awareness on one side of the body for individuals who have had strokes. This set of three differently colored lights is operated from a control box which can turn on each light individually or in combinations and also contains a buzzer to draw attention as needed. Each light can be extended up to feet away and can be placed on posts or tables. The lights are operated in the client's side vision area by a trained...[More Information]

  23. SIMPLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE ---"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with communication disabilities to communicate using a single message. To make this device, open the YAK BAK 2 by removing the four screws on the back, including the one under the battery cover. Drill a hole in the front cover between the "Say" button and the red LED to insert the lead wires. Solder the two lead wires of the switch or switch jack to the two terminals on the inside circuit board by the arrows. One is on the tone control...[More Information]

  24. SIMPLE CUP HOLDER FOR A WHEELCHAIR This do-it-yourself simple cup holder for a wheelchair combines the most practical components of each type of holder (hard shell and soft bodied). This new cup holder retains its shape while being used, has an opening wide enough to allow easy placement and removal of a cup, and has enough resilience to survive being regularly smashed into various hard objects. The individual’s cup that is used everyday is measured and the angle needed to hold it was determined and a simple pattern was created....[More Information]

  25. SIMPLE KITCHEN SWITCH ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Touch switch enables child to activate tape player, toy or other device by pushing against or batting at the egg whipper or metal can. A simple kitchen switch is constructed by suspending an egg whipper in the center of a soup or other metal can that has had both ends removed. Thread a 6 inch piece of conductor wire through the handle of the egg whipper and solder in place. Attach a subminiature plug to the other end of the wire. Suspend the egg wh...[More Information]

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