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  1. RANGE KNOB TURNER ---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with arthritis, fine motor disabilities or grasping disabilities to turn a stove on and off. To adapt existing knobs, drill two small holes in the stove knob and in a short dowel. Line up the holes in the dowel with the holes in the knobs and secure the dowel with screws. A similar effect can be achieved by drilling a quarter-inch hole through the knob and inserting a short quarter-inch diameter dowel in the hole. MATERIALS: Dowel. TO...[More Information]

  2. REACH TOOL Picture of REACH TOOL ---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself high-reach tool with household items. A mop or broom handle serves as the shaft of the reacher. Using a drill, make a small hole in both clamp handles and secure the clamp to the end of a mop handle with a hose clamp. Next, feed cable through the bottom handle and attach to the top of the handle with a carriage bolt. A hole can be drilled through the bolt to better accompany the cable. Secure the cable using zip ties. Finally, a...[More Information]

  3. REACHER --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a person with grasping or other upper extremity disabilities with a method of retrieving metal objects or objects with handles that were otherwise out of reach. Attach a hook to one end of a wooden dowel, and attach a magnet to the other end of the dowel. MATERIALS: Wooden dowel (length determined by the user); hook; magnet; and glue. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE:[More Information]

  4. REACHER --- DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist an individual who uses a wheelchair in picking up items. A set of long barbecue tongs can be attached to the wheelchair and used to retrieve items. It can be used in conjunction with the hook on a wire hanger to pull items within reach. MATERIALS: Barbecue tongs and wire hanger. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. REF: Volume 12, Number 1, January/February 2005. WEB:[More Information]

  5. READER 2, THE Picture of READER 2, THE ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold a book or magazine in view for an individual with limited use of arms and hands lying in bed. A lightweight platform was constructed of 3/8-inch plywood, with the overall dimensions being determined by the needs of the user. The platform is equipped with four legs that allow the device to span the user's body. The legs can also be adapted to fit over bed rails. The surface of the platform is angled to provide an optimal reading angle for the user. OPT...[More Information]

  6. READIING TEACHING PROGRAM ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist children with cognitive, reading or learning disabilities in learning to read. Pictures from common trade books were scanned and printed and glued to tagboard and the tagboard pages were bound using one-inch rings. Pictures from Boardmaker (see entry) were were affixed to each page as repeated lines, providing children with a choice in how the story was read, and making them active participants in the process. MATERIALS: Scanned pictures, tag board...[More Information]

  7. READING HELPERS ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist children and adults who have difficulty reading. The use of colored overlays has been shown to help some individuals with dyslexia and other reading disabilities improve their functional reading skills. Some individuals are simply helped by having a masking tool to help isolate single words, sentences, or rows of sentences. You will need to work with your student to determine their individual preference regarding the use of color and...[More Information]

  8. READING TRAY Picture of READING TRAY --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold a book open in front of a reader who is a wheelchair user with weakness of the hands. The unit is made of two rectangles of Lexan plastic measuring approximately 14 x 20 inches, hinged at the bottom. The height and angle are adjustable. The book support shelf is about 2 inches up from the bottom of the unit. It is bonded to the supports, but can be screwed in place from the back. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at REF: ...[More Information]

  9. RECIPE/BOOK HOLDER ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids in the inability to hold a recipe or small booklet while cooking. A pants hanger (with clip tabs) is utilized to hold up the book, while the top hook of the hanger allows the item to fastened to a top cabinet knob. COMMENTS: The Recipe/Book Holder helps those who have grasping issues, nearsightedness, or other disabilities that prevent them from viewing a recipe comfortably. SKILLS REQUIRED: Fine motor skills (to attach book/recipe). AUTHOR: K...[More Information]

  10. RECLINED WORKSTATION --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injury or severe physical disabilities to use a computer in a reclined position. This work station required several adaptations. Monitor placement, with the monitor above the user and angled downward, was accomplished using a fifteen-inch LCD (liquid crystal diode) monitor attached to a flexible monitor arm. The arm was attached to a two-inch vertical steel pipe attached to a sturdy table adjacent to a reclining chair...[More Information]

  11. REMOTE DOOR LOCK Picture of REMOTE DOOR LOCK --- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with limited mobility to lock and unlock an entry door remotely. A door-lock solenoid from a car was mated to a standard dead-bolt. Power was connected through a momentary contact, center-off, double- throw switch that was wired to reverse the power polarity as it was moved up/down. This operated the solenoid in both directions. The switch was placed in box that was placed beside bed. The car-lock solenoid can be operated manually if ...[More Information]

  12. REMOTE HOLDER Picture of REMOTE HOLDER ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities to operate a Logitech Harmony Universal Remote for an entertainment system. This remote has a touch screen and many small buttons near its edges. The individual is unable to hold the controller, but he can push the buttons. The user needed a holder for the controller that he could operate by himself, placed where he could get to it in his wheelchair and where it would point to all the devices to be con...[More Information]

  13. REMOTE HOLDER 2 Picture of REMOTE HOLDER 2 ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enablke an individual with only limited use of one arm to open her apartment door using a remote control while in bed. Because simply setting the remote on the bed would allow it to fall or slide out of reach, a holder was required that could be attached to the top bedcover and from which the remote can be easily removed for use during the daytime. The holder also needed to be easy to install and remove and be able to withstand frequent dropping as it wou...[More Information]

  14. REMOVABLE HAND OPERATED CLUTCH CONTROL ASSEMBLY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL 1586 TRACTOR. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Modifies an International 1586 tractor which has an electric clutch. The control linkage is attached to the regular foot pedal by a nut. A shaft stub is mounted to the left side of the tractor steering console. This acts as a pivot point for the control lever, which is held to the shaft by a pin. Pulling the lever disengages the clutch. The hand control is easily removed to allow ope...[More Information]

  15. RIGHTING DEVICE FOR JUVENILE. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to provide feedback for person having difficulty keeping head upright. A mercury switch is attached to the user's head in the desired "on" position. The switch is attached to a control box. Any 110 volt appliance such as a radio is plugged into the control box and the device turns off when the head moves from the desired position and the switch is no longer in the on position. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: TITLE: Cerebral Palsy Resea...[More Information]

  16. ROCK BAND DRUM KIT MODIFICATION -------- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself adaptation for an individual with mobility issues to play the drum kit featured as part of the Rock Band video game. As a wheelchair user, the individual was disappointed that she could not disable the kick pedal feature on the drums within the game. First, cut the two RCA connectors off the “Y” end of the cable and strip away about ½ inch of the insulation to reveal the copper writing (be sure to leave the 3.5 millimet...[More Information]

  17. ROD SUPPORT --- DO-IT-YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Assisted support of fishing rod for angler with weak grip. Drawing of a custom orthotic device formed to fit around the fishing rod within position of the handgrip. The support is made of metal with plastic covering and secured by velcro fastener. Appears to provide some wrist support. Fits around the wrist and against the palmar surface of the hand, with a hook formed at the top of the device that supports the fishing rod. SKILLS REQUIRED: Orthotics, metalw...[More Information]

  18. ROLL IN SHOWER IN EXISTING TUB SPACE. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides waterproof pan on floor with minimal lip to impede wheelchair or person walking. Modification procedure: 1) Remove existing bathtub. 2) Paint floor with a concrete adhesive. 3) Form wire cloth frame on floor and 4 inches up on side walls and attach to threshold. 4) Form studwall (36 inches) and 1 by 6 inch maple threshold 36 inches wide at the door. 5) Pour concrete patch base over wire cloth, shaping it for form and drainage consideration...[More Information]

  19. ROLL-UP KEYBOARD -------- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create an inexpensive roll-up keyboard for an individual with disabilities. Using a screwdriver deconstruct a USB keyboard, removing the keyboard’s membrane switch pad and control board. The membrane consists of three separate layers tacked together. Using the rubber pad, plate nuts and bolts reassemble the membrane to the control board, making sure that the traces of the membrane line up with the traces on the control board. If the keyboard ha...[More Information]

  20. Radial Arm Assist Device for Hand Held Tools. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Frame to hold a drill or powered hand drill perpendicular to a work surface while allowing the operator freedom of movement. Describes a device which converts a hand drill into a radial arm drill to allow the user to position and hold the tool. The device involves a constructed turntable with a screw jack system which allows the whole system to be elevated as required; drawer slides held together with a welded assembly to provide torque resistance;...[More Information]

  21. Radial Arm Saw Fixture. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stabilizer for the workpiece while a person with unsteadiness of the hands or arms is operating a power radial arm saw. Describes a stabilizer made of 3/4 inch plywood, 3/4 inch solid stock (hardwood), metal back stops and 8- inch C clamps. Includes diagrams. COMMENTS: For further information contact: Dr Ken Bruwelheid, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworkin...[More Information]

  22. Radio Accessibility in Vehicle. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Radio mounted in the dashboard directly behind the steering wheel so it is more easily reached and the driver need not glance away from the road while driving. Describes a dealer-installed pushbutton radio intended for a driver with limited range of motion. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact the developer, Donald J. Winge, 110 Cherry ## 110, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: Gugerty, ...[More Information]

  23. Raised Height Table. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Blocks to raise the height of a table so a wheelchair can pull up to it. Describes table raisers made of wooden blocks the desired height, and pieces of 1 inch thick wood with holes the size of the table legs drilled in them, glued together. A nonslip pad can be glued on the bottom. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: How to Make it Cheap Manual: Volume 2 REF: Middletown, Ohio: Independence Factory: p 17 NARIC CALL NUM...[More Information]

  24. Raisers for Beds, Tables and Some Chairs. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Leg extenders to raise height of beds, tables or chairs. Describes two types of raisers. One is made with plywood and battens, and is screwed to the furniture leg. The other, also plywood, is made like a box into which the leg fits; pieces of wood, which fit in the box, adjust the height. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 46-47. Also available ...[More Information]

  25. Reaching Hook. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hook to enable an office worker with limited range of motion and grasp to open and close desk drawers from a wheelchair. Hook made of a piece of flat steel 1/2 by 9 inches long bent at 90 degrees 2 inches from one end, with the other end wedged and glued into a 6 inch piece of 1 inch dowel. COMMENTS: Originally published in Rehabilitation Engineering Sourcebook Supplement 1: Institute for Information Studies, Falls Church, Virginia 22046. SKILLS RE...[More Information]

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