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  1. Push Up Blocks. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Blocks with rods for use as an arm strengthening aid, useful for children who use crutches. Describes construction of push up blocks made of softwood (two blocks 3/ 4 by 4 by 6 inches each) with sides, battens and bars (two wooden dowels 6 inches by 1 inch diameter). These can be used in bed or on the floor. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: S...[More Information]

  2. QUICK DETACHABLE HAND OPERATED CLUTCH CONTROL ASSEMBLY FOR THE CASE 1290 TRACTOR. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Clutch assembly for operators who require a hand operated clutch. Custom modification for the Case 1290 tractor. Constructed of 1 inch square steel tubing with steel angles welded onto the end. This configuration hooks over the top of the clutch pedal and is stabilized by the foot clutch shank. The lever is pushed downward to disengage the clutch. A pivoting latch rod at the upper end of the lever can be inserted in a hole drilled in the seat platf...[More Information]

  3. Quality Control Inspection Tool. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Quality control inspection tool for gauging acceptable lengths of small cylindrical parts, for use by individuals with unsteady hands or only one hand, or for those with difficulty learning to use a micrometer. Allows inspection for fine tolerances. Plywood and steel gauge with a shelf on a spring set within a tapering U shaped opening which is marked to indicate the acceptable range of lengths. The cylinder to be measured is placed on the shelf wi...[More Information]

  4. Quoits. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Ring toss game which promotes eye-hand coordination. Plywood board 24 inches square with a 2 inch batten on one side to make it tilt, with 5 dowels 1/2 inch by 4 inches and rounded at one end attached one in the center and the others toward the corners of the board; and 5 quoits or small semi flexible hoops (such as the drive belts for a vacuum cleaner). Pegs are numbered for scoring. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston,...[More Information]

  5. RACING WHEELCHAIR STABILIZER Picture of RACING WHEELCHAIR STABILIZER ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To facilitate transferring a child to a racing wheelchair. The unit has a plywood base with a pipe frame at the front to hold the front wheel; the front wheel is further secured with a Velcro strap. This stabilizes the racing wheelchair for ease of transfers in and out with one person assisting. The half-inch thick plywood base is made to the size of the wheelchair, and excess material is removed to create a lighter weight base. The pipe frame consists of one...[More Information]

  6. RAISED CONTAINER GARDENING. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Raised bed gardening for gardening in a sitting position. Use various sizes of old tires, with the largest on the bottom. Fill each tire with soil and stack to the desired height. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Chaplin, M.: Royal Horticultural Society. TITLE: Gardening for the Physiclly Handicapped and Elderly. REF: Book: B T Batsford Ltd, 4 Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H 0AH: p 28. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R1100. PAGES ( including cover): 2. 1978....[More Information]

  7. RAISED DESK Picture of RAISED DESK --- DO IT YOURSELF --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injuries or back pain to use a standard desk from a wheelchair, kneeling chair, or while standing. This desk is created by replacing the standard legs on a conventional desk with extra-long table-style legs. Each leg replacememt is kept rigid by two half-inch flat steel braces made of 0.5 x 1/8 inch steel bar. The top end of the steel is fastened to the desk with wood screws and the bottom ends are fastened to the legs with ...[More Information]

  8. RAISED GARDEN BEDS -------- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To create a garden area with raised garden beds to be easily used by persons with mobility issues. The garden area was designed for a 15 by 13 foot space that composed of four-quadrant raised planting beds surrounded by 4 foot walkways with a 5 foot turnaround area in the center. The planter boxes are each 4 ½ by 3 ½ feet and are topped with an 8 inch wide boards for seating while working. INSTRUCTIONS: First, starting in the back corner, me...[More Information]

  9. RAISED GARDENS. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Several methods of raised garden beds for sitting gardeners. Several methods of doing raised garden beds are described, including tubs on wheeled bases, Raised wooden boxes (or large planter boxes with false bottoms), fertile bags on tables, living wall planters, and plant containers on pulleys. Includes descriptions and drawings. Also includes pros and cons of various types of raised gardening beds and containers. AUTHOR: Ocone, L, Thabault, G, ed...[More Information]

  10. RAISED TABLE SURFACE ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- Description: A raised, horizontal work surface, exactly the same size and shape as the lap tray or the cut-out desk that it is placed on. PURPOSE: To improve sitting posture and arm control during functional table-top tasks, for certain students who have severely increased tone, very low muscle tone, and/or severe muscle weakness. A student who requires a raised table surface often also benefits from using a lap tray or cut-out-desk so the arms are ful...[More Information]

  11. RAISED TOILET. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to raise toilet instead of using a raised toilet seat. A wooden base is made to place between the toilet fixture and the floor. Extensions are needed for the pipes. The height can be custom designed but if the added height causes the user's feet to hang above the floor a foot support and be built into the base. Includes photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: George Washington TITLE: Raise the Toilet When It Gets Low REF: Jour...[More Information]

  12. RAMP. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides access for wheelchair riders to areas that ordinarily can only be reached by steps. Diagram and suggestions for constructing a simple ramp. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Fahland, B. TITLE: Wheelchair Selection: More Than Choosing a Chair With Wheels. REF:Book: Sister Kenny Institute, Minneapolis, MN; p 54. 1976....[More Information]

  13. RAMPS. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Ramps or portable tracks can be made using heavy duty aluminum end brackets. The extruded aluminum brackets fit on the ends of 2X8's or a custom width ramp, but the brackets must be able to fit over a 2 inch width of wood. Can be used with trucks, vans or houses. Each bracket has a 700 pound capacity (1400 pounds per set). Ramp can be up to 11 feet 7 inches in length, and up to a three foot rise. These brackets are available in hardware stores, or ...[More Information]

  14. 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]

  15. 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]

  16. 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]

  17. 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]

  18. 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]

  19. 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]

  20. 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]

  21. 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]

  22. 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]

  23. 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]

  24. 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]

  25. 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]

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