The Able Table is a height-adjustable tilt-top work table and overhead bookholder designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or eith severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. This unit lifts books for eye-level or overhead reading within a range of 9 to 18 inches high. Springs provide the lifting power. The unit is designed so that the book will stay where placed: up or down, left or right, at any angle without adjustment of knobs or levers. A single knob locks the top in plac
The Adapt-A-Lap is an angle- and height-adjustable book holder designed for use by individuals with mobility and upper extremity disabilities. This lightweight plastic easel features two moveable straps to hold the reading material in place and a see through filament to hold the pages open. An extendible leg and a base with concave and convex curves provides stability and the easel can rest on the user's upper chest to bring the material closer to those with low vision. This device adapts to a
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a customized adaptation of a carder handle used by an individual with gripping difficulties in her craft hobby of making items out of the hair of pets. In the process hand-by-hand process pet hair must be un-tangled using carders before spinning. Carders are curved rectangular brushes with bristles of kinked wire; they are used to pull clumps of hair apart and thus align the hairs. The handles on the carders were ½ inch diameter dowels, and
Aroma Dough is a scented therapy dough designed to soothe and help release stress, ease muscle pain and stiffness and encourage post-stroke hand movement. Aroma dough is smooth, silky, and responsive to light pressure or heavy kneading and it’s unique moisturizing formula allows a slow release of essential oils for hands-on therapy. Six colors/fragrances are included in one kit: Purple – calming lavender, Blue – ylang ylang to ease anxiety, Green – refreshing peppermint, Yellow – invigorating le
Art for All Language Kit, model LK-AA, is a painting and drawing activity and language tutorial program designed for use by individuals with cognitive disabilities. Concepts addressed are art tools and how they are used, colors, and counting and graphing using M & Ms. The kit includes a book written with limited vocabulary and repetitive lines using Mayer-Johnson Picture Communication Symbols; an interactive computer book that combines text, pictures, speech, and sound; and a songboard, word
The Art Start Gift Pack is a set of crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. The set includes eight Chubbi Stump Crayons (see also separate entry), eight Chubbi Paint Sticks (see also separate entry), and eight Chubbi Chalks. These short, thick crayons and chalks are long-lasting and break-resistant and easy to grasp with a whole-handed palmar grasp. COLOR: Assorted.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder overcomes difficulty of gripping and manipulating brush or tool with hands and fingers. An ordinary plastic or rubber kitchen mixing tool is adapted to serve as a means to grip and manipulate the artist's brush using the teeth. Rubber or plastic tubing can also be attached to the brush to enhance ability to grip and manipulate it using the teeth. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art and Disabilities, 55
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow sanding or clay pounding with a foot; can also be adapted to hold some artist's tools. Three pieces of 1 inch board are made into a shallow U just large enough to fit the shoe of the intended user, and a leather strap to hold the device on the foot to which it is fastened. A hole can be drilled in the front to hold a tool such as a paintbrush. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Headgear, either bought or manufactured, adapted to hold a paintbrush. Pictures device for an artist who cannot grasp or manipulate a paintbrush with hands and fingers. A helmet-like piece of headgear made with leather and metal or bought from an orthopedic supply house is fitted with an angled brush holder attached to either the top or sides. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art and Disabilities, 551 23rd St.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Racks to hold baby food bottles, to serve as paint jars, giving them stability and prevent spilling of paint. Describes rack made of a piece of 1/4 inch plywood with holes large enough for baby food jars, fastened to a piece of 1 inch heavy wood the same size as the plywood using two strips of wood 1 1/2 inches wide. Suggests that a commercial spice rack fastened to a 2 by 4 inch board could also be used. COMMENTS: For further information contact devel
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wooden easel which can be positioned at any angle on table. Diagram shows double easels, hinged at top. Each plywood face is set on a wooden base. Wood strips on base position easel. Easel could be made in various sizes. Note that materials list and cutting layout sketch are not the same. Using a separate wooden base for each side of the easel would increase its adjustability. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools,
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptations to artists brushes which improve ability to grip brush, and to adjust angle at which brush is gripped. Drawings illustrate how flexible faucet tubing, copper elbow and "T" joints and plumbers insulation can be used to create brush grips tailored to the angles needed by individual artists. Wooden dowels, and rivets are also needed. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with use of only one hand to form large bows for gift baskets. This simple jig acts as a second holding hand. Two one-inch dowels are placed about seven inches apart on a plastic platform laid on a sheet of Dycem to keep it from slipping and the jig and the pad are held in place with a one-hand clamp. A plastic spring clip is bonded to the base and rests against the right-hand pillar. This clip holds one end of the ribbon, which is the wi
The brent Rehabilitation Wheel, model 16, is a potter's wheel designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs. This variable-speed power wheel has a frame that was designed in conjunction with rehabilitation and therapy experts. The frame provides access for a wheelchair, a standard stool, or a standing user. The wheel can handle 150 pounds of clay continuously. This wheel includes the brent Classic Controller with these features: Optimal torque at all speeds as the wheel speed remains const
The Buddha Board, model 7502, is a painting activity designed for use by individuals with fine motor or cognitive disabilities. The special surface on the board enables the user to create spontaneous art or practice writing the alphabet, numbers, or his/her name using a brush and plain water. When the image is painted with water, it appears on the surface, darkens, and then slowly evaporates. The set includes a brush and a water holder stand. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 12 x 9.5 x 0.25 inches. WEIGHT: 2
Cando Scented Therapy Putty is a scented recreational dough that helps users develop grip strength and focused attention. The added scent of each putty allows for sensory integration. Each set of four contains the following scents and resistances: vanilla (extra-extra soft), banana (extra soft), cherry (soft), and apple (medium). Nonedible.
Chubbi Paint Sticks are crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These short, thick crayons are long-lasting and break-resistant and easy to grasp with a whole-handed palmar grasp. They can be used dry for a rich color similar to a pastel or they can be dipped in water and used wet for a paint-like color. COLOR: Eight colors per set.
Chubbi Stump Crayons are crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These short, thick crayons are easy to grasp with a whole-handed palmar grasp. COLOR: Eight colors per box.
Clamp-It is an adjustable craft tool holder designed for use by individuals with use of only one hand, arthritis, or fine motor or physical disabilities. Clamp-It is mounted on four suction cups, and can be used vertically or horizontally to hold an item in a fixed position. The clamp size can be changed by turning two wing nuts. DIMENSIONS: Maximum holding width is one inch.
The Convert-Able Table is a height-adjustable tilt top work table designed for use by children and adults with mobility disabilities. This table features interchangeable snap-on table tops that allow it to be used for a variety of activities, such as reading and writing, art, and sensory stimulation. The height adjusts to enable a child in a floor sitter or an adult in a wheelchair or stander to use the table. Features include a powder-coated steel frame, four-dual locking casters, push-button
Crayon Brix are crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These wrapperless aqua crayons can be used wet or dry and come in a thick rectangular shape for ease in grasping. A reusable clear plastic case is included. COLOR: Eight colors per set.
“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRYPURPOSE: To create an adaptive crayon holder for children with grasping and fine motor skill disabilities. Take a 35-millimeter film canister and cut an "X" in the bottom and top. Insert the crayon through the Xs. Using both top and bottom of canister makes the crayon more stable. MATERIALS: Discarded 35 millimeter film canister (available for free from any store that does film processing) and crayon. TOOLS: Utility Knife. TITLE: Adapted Crayon Holder JOURNAL: Ideas to shar
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold thread and maintain tension on it to allow a person with use of one arm to crochet. Describes a wood stand with a box to hold the yarn or thread, and a system of buffers and levers to maintain tension on it and position the work in process; tension is released with a foot operated pedal. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: Designed by Bob Loughlin. For further information contact: Technical Aid to the Disabled, 227 Morrison Road, PO Box 108,
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid developed to allow a below-elbow amputee using a prosthetic hook to crochet. Device constructed from a plastic (Polyform) strip 32 by 2 cm bent in half at right angles with one half bent into an oval; and a strip of velcro. Describes how the device and the prosthetic hook used together anchor the thread and provide tension to facilitate crocheting. Includes photograph and drawings. COMMENTS: Author affiliated with Loma Linda University Medical Cent
Crochet Grips are crocheting aids that help control motion and provide a better grip for weak hands. The form-fitted grip, My-Grip, is applied to the crochet hook, heated, and molded to the fingers of individual users. SIZES: Large (11317) fits hook sizes I - L; Small (11318) fits hook sizes B - H and steel hooks 00 - 14.
The Cubex Therapy System on Wheels is a fine motor training kit designed for use with individuals with neurological disabilities and/or who use wheelchairs. This wheeled station accommodates four users standing and/or in wheelchairs At the ends of the unit are 90-degree fold-away work surfaces with bolt boards and a pegboard that opens to 60 or 90 degrees. Other features include a slide-out full-width plastic-laminate work surface and a reversible activity board in the top with a pegboard on one
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with scleroderma to cut mats, foam board, fabric, and other materials used in graphic arts. The board consists of a plastic cutting mat mounted on a wooden board with a spring-loaded metal strip across the top and down the left side. The user slides the material to be cut under the strips and tightens them using an attached tri-nut. This holds the material in place and enables the user to cut it without danger of cutting her fingers. TITLE: Cut
The Desk Top Reading Stand, model 1-03220-00, is an adjustable bookholder designed for use by individuals with low vision. This portable desk top reading stand holds reading material at a proper position for individuals with low vision. This wooden stand has a book shelf that can be moved from left to right, adjustable page clamps, and a built-in carrying handle. DIMENSIONS (HxW): Top surface measures 23.75 x 18 inches. WEIGHT: 9 1/8 pounds.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small stand or easel that sits on a table to hold paper for a child to draw or paint. Plywood board 10 by 10 inches which slides into a base made of 8 by 10 inch plywood with two battens (1 by 1 by 10 inches) fastened on leaving a gap between them of about 5/16 of an inch; the distance between the boards determines the tilt of the easel. This can be painted flat black and used as a blackboard, or paper can be tacked to it. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To create an easel to enable an individual with quadriplegia to engage in creative painting. Made of plywood, the easel consists of a base that sits on a table and a board that is hinged to the front of the base, and a wheel on to which the painting is mounted. The wheel allows the painting to be rotated on the board. The two-piece base consists of a fixed piece at the bottom and a sliding piece above, with Teflon disks in between to ensure the top piece moves easily.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with severe phyical disabilities to paint. The easel has a crossbar that restson the arms of a wheelchair with an arm in the center that points away from the user; a clamp at the end of the arm holds the vertical mount for the easel, which extends between the user's legs. The vertical mount supports a vertical rail equipped with two horizontal carriers that hold the painting in place. Another arm, mounted on the left, is equipped w
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted easel and head mount for artists with cerebral palsy who have limited hand/grasping function. A new head mount was created after evaluating the consumer using the inner mechanism from a welder’s helmet, which has a tensioner in the back to ensure an exact fit. A small brass plate was riveted to the front, taking care to preserve the frame’s cloth surround so that the individual’s forehead was protected. Onto the plate, a
The Electronic Easel is designed to provide an electronic easel that is highly adjustable with the use of a mouthstick. The painting easel is mounted on the frame of an electric car seat. The 9 different easel adjustments are controlled by a switch which operates by positioning a mouthstick in front of the switch face. A switch and paintbrush holder are mounted on a framework which consists of 9 mm stainless steel rods. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: Designed by Chris Andersen and Fred O'Kelly for a hig
The Etch A Sketch, model 7002, is a switch-operated drawing activity designed for use by children with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities. This switch-adapted version of the classic Etch A Sketch has four built-in switches to enable the user to draw in horizontal (right and left) or vertical directions (up and down). To erase, remove the Etch A Sketch from the base and shake. The base also has four external jacks for capability switches (not included) if required. POWER: Uses 6 C ba
The Exacto Ergo Utility Knife is a craft knife with a large handle designed for use by individuals with arthritis or grasping disabilities. Useful for cutting cardboard, matboard, foamboard and other art materials, this knife has a large ergonomically-designed handle allowing a full-hand grasp for those with limited hand strength and dexterity. A twist-open knob and patented hinged casing facilitate changing blades. This knife also allows the blade to be positioned horizontally for use as a pain
Extended easel functions as three different pieces of furniture. Floor easel is designed for child for long sitting activities. Raised book edge holds material at a 20 degree angle and also adjusts to a horizontal plane for play. Adjustable leg set converts floor easel into a portable desk adjustable from 21 inches to 27 inches in height. Capable of converting to horizontal setting. Intermediate size converts easel to a smaller desk 14 inches to 21 inches in height. The seat block converts floor
Extended easel tray has a 20 by 24 inch surface with a 14 1/2 inch cutout. Designed to interface with the TherAdapt Mini- or Primary Cube Chairs and the Mini-Prone Stander. Top adjusts to 30 degree angle. The large model is 28 inches wide by 23 inches deep with an 18 1/4 by 4 1/2 inch cutout. Three types of legs are available for both sizes: 9 to 15 inches high, 15 to 21 inches high or 26 to 32 inches high.
Faber-Castell Art GRIP Color Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by children and adults with arthritis or fine motor or grasping disaabilities. These pencils have a triangular barrel with soft grasp dots to aid in grasping. These pencils are available in sets of 6, 12, 24, or 36 pencils with acid-free, pemanent colors. Some sets include a portable storage tin. DIMENSIONS: The pencil leads are 3.3 millimeters.
The Faber-Castell Grip Pencil is an easy-grasp pencil designed for use by individuals with arthritis or fine motor disabilities. These wooden pencils combine an ergonomic triangular shape with a soft-grasp zone. The lead is break-resistant, dermatologically tested, and designed to be easy to sharpen. These pencils are available in five grades of hardness (2B, B, HB, H, and 2H); 2B is the softest, while 2H is the hardest.
Faber-Castell Jumbo Colour Grip Pencils are large easy-grasp colored pencils designed for use by children with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. These large pencils feature a triangular barrel and grasp dots to aid in holding the pencil. Sold in sets of six or 12, these non-toxic pencils can be blended dry or used with water as water-color pencils. The set of 12 pencils includes a jumbo pencil sharpener.
The Faber-Castell Jumbo Triangular Colored EcoPencils are easy grasp colored pecils designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. These pencils have an extra-thick lead, a triangular shape that aids in proper finger positioning and prevents rolling, and a shorter barrel for easier grasping. The set includes 12 pencils and a jumbo pencil sharpener.
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a color pencil set with specialized character-forms on the head as a teaching aid for young children with low-vision and/or blindness. Because young children are able to grasp concepts of shapes better than mere words or Braille, creating a pencil for the color red that has an apple shape on the head allows the child to color by association to real-life objects. Each color in the set has a retractable led pencil with a button on its side
The Fiskars Squeeze Punch is a paper punch designed for use by individuals with arthritis or fine motor or grasping disabilities. Ergonomic handles and a specially engineered squeeze motion make these punches two times easier to squeeze than regular hand punches. An open punch head feature lets the user see where he or she is punching to avoid paper waste and to add distinctive style to craft project designs such as embellishments on homemade cards, scrapbook pages, and collages. The punches are
Flip top easel has a 45 degree angle with book edge for reading and a reverse 30 degree slant for writing and drawing. Skid resistant base. 18 inches wide by 16 inches high.
The Floppy Foam Brush is an adapted brush designed for use by children and adults with fine motor or grasping disabilities. These brushes are made of pre-cut foam with pre-cut foam bristles. The user can roll up the foam and secure with a rubber band in a size and shape to accommodate his/her needs. The foam can also be wrapped around a piece of cardboard, a cardboard tube, or a frozen juice can to provide a different shape or a firmer grip. When used with water-based paint, the bruses can be ri
The Fold-Away Easel is a bookholder and table top writing desk designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or who have upper extremity disabilities. The surface of the easel adjusts to 18, 34, or 45 degrees and features a dry-erase writing surface and a pouch for storing papers. The unit has a non-slip foam bottom, folds flat for storage, and is equipped with soft carrying handles. DIMENSIONS: 15.5 x 11.5 inches.
The Functional Forms Wheelchair Easel/Lap Tray is designed to provide a lightweight alternative to traditional lap trays for wheelchair users. Features include a built-in 20-degree angle, pencil holder/wrist rest, removable carrying strap, magnetic paper holder, and a hidden zippered pouch. This easel also has a water-resistant vinyl or leather covering. WEIGHT: 1 pound.
The German Sit-on Embroidery Stand is a needlework hoop with stand designed for use by individuals with use of one hand or other upper extremity disabilities. Crafted of varnished natural beech wood, this device has a shaped sitting board attached to a stand with a round beechwood hoop with height and angle adjustment. DIMENSIONS: 11 x 15.25 inches. The hoop is 9 inches in diameter. COLOR: Natural beechwood
The Glow Dome, model 7501, is a switch operated toy designed for use by children with upper extremity or severe physical or spinal cord injury. Users can color on the dome with one of six brightly-colored glow markers and then activate a connected capability switch (not included) to cause lights to flash, the pictures to glow, and the dome to rotate at adjustable speeds. The set includes six glow markers, two drawing surfaces, and two starter scenes. POWER: Uses 3 double-A batteries. DIMENSION
The Grandstand Portable Reading Easel is an easel-style bookholder designed for use by individuals with low vision. This portable reading stand is made of durable, waterproof material and is designed to be easy to lift, carry, and lock into position. The unit folds up when not in use. It has an adjustable shelf that can be raised and lowered to accommodate the height of the reader. Clips for holding book pages open are included. COLOR: Available in black (model 1-03204-00) or yellow (model 1-032
The GripperSnapper is a crayon or paintbrush holder designed to enable children with limited grasping ability to color or paint independently. The plastic handles feature a tube-like opening into which the crayon or paintbrush is inserted and two triangular openings which the child's fingers slip into. The user may also wrap his or her hand around the handle. The GripperSnapper & Crayons includes four soy-based crayons and may be used with any standard crayon. The GripperSnapper & Paintb
The Groove Slim Colored Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabiities. These pencil feature an ergonomic triangular shape with a natural grip zone and offset slide guards that enables the user's fingers to slide into the optimal writing hold. The grooves are offset ergonomically so that all the fingers (index, middle finger, and thumb) rest in the proper position. Made of all natural materials, these pencils contain no rubber or pl
Handhugger Colouring Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by children or adults with grasping disabilities. These triangular coloring pencils have strong leads with consistent laydown of color. The triangular shape helps the user to hold the pencil. Pencils have a slip-resistant texture and are made from wood flour to prevent splinters. COLORS: Yellow, purple, peach, brown, orange, black, red, pink, green, light green, mid blue, and dark blue.
The Handhugger Writing Pen is an easy grasp pen with a triangular handle designed for use by children or adults with fine motor disabilities or physical grasp difficulties. These triangular writing pens have a chunky, hard-wearing nib that gives slight resistance to the paper for greater control. The triangular shape is comfortable to hold for all age groups including those with physical grasp difficulties as well as very young children. The pen has washable ink and a line width of 0.7 millimete
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide custom adaptation to a head pointer device for an individual with cerebral palsy. While many commercial devices are available, not all are ideal for every individual. A simple, lightweight version can be customized for individual needs. The design is based on a donated headgear from a commercial safety visor. The individual’s aluminum pointer has a standard rubber tip (a smaller version of the type used on crutches), plus an end clamp that holds whichever p
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Designed to assist individuals with limited use in one hand or the ability to only use one hand to keep little glue or paint bottles from falling over for arts and crafts projects. Cut a hole in small paper plate — the kind used to serve cake at birthday parties. First, trace the bottom of the bottle in the middle of the plate, on the side used for food. Then cut the hole with an x-acto blade or scissors just a little larger in diameter than the bottle
The Kindertools Toolbox is a gift collection of a set of children's toothbrushes, a nail brush, a child's fork and spoon set, a crayon holder, and a paintbrush holder designed to enable children with limited grasping ability to perform hygiene, feeding, and recreational art activities. The set, packaged in a carrying case, includes a Kindertools Baby's First Toothbrush, a Kindertools Toddler's Toothbrush, a GripperScrubber Nailbrush and bubblegum-scented soap, a Kindertools Safety Spoon and Fork
Knit-One is a knitting Aid designed for use by individuals with use of only one hand. The unit clamps to a table or a suitable chair arm. The user adjusts the top to the desired knitting angle and slides the needle into position for knitting. The device holds the stitches in position on the clamped needle. The yarn can easily be moved along the needle. The kit comes with an instruction booklet (English only), 1 clamp and 3 pairs of handmade steel knitting needles sizes 4, 5 and 6 millimeter. (si
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to hold a knitting needle so a person can knit with one hand. Device made of wood fastened together in an L shape with a circular disk, drilled with radii along one side to permit using several sizes of needles. The disk is attached to the upright with a wing nut which can be tightened to hold the needle. The device fastens to a table with a clamp. COMMENTS: Designed and built by John Hill. Further details available from: Technical Aid for the Disa
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a knitting needle so someone with the use of one hand only can knit; the needle is held in place by the nonfunctioning hand resting on the table. Illustrates a knitting aid made of a wedge cut from a 2 inch in diameter piece of wood, 2 1/2 inches long, with a piece of webbing tacked onto one side as a belt loop, and a hole drilled into the end to hold a needle. The block is held at the waist on a belt, and the needle is positioned on the
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to maintain tension on the yarn for knitting, designed for a bilateral below elbow amputee who knits using prostheses. Device made with two pieces of tin 2 by 2 1/2 inches glued to two pieces of leather the same size, held together with 2 wing nuts and bolts threaded through 3/8 inch pieces of spring. This is welded to a 9 inch 1/4 inch diameter copper pipe, which is held on a table with a 3 inch C clamp. The bolts can be adjusted according to t
The Kroh's Crochet Aid is a crocheting aid designed for use by individuals with multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or neurological or other disabilities which limit upper extremity strength, dexterity, or range of motion. This device consists of a Velcro band that wraps around the user's wrist or hand and can be adjusted for the proper amount of yarn tension. A ring attached to the band has a small slit for the yarn to pass through, keeping the yarn from slipping through the side. A second ring, whi
The Laptop Activity Center is an easel and activity board designed to enable children with a variety of disabilities to engage in play activities while in bed or from a wheelchair or while on the floor in a floor sitter or corner chair. The unit features an easel-style frame with four interchangeable play options: a bead and wire maze; a magnetic board with magnetic letters, a clipboard; and a grid with snap-on building blocks. The birch frame has slots to enable the play surfaces to be easily c
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with severe phyical disabilities to access canvasas of various sizes for painting. Made of square steel tubing, the frame is designed to enable the user to access any part of a large painting from one position. The frame is equipped with a central board on which the painting is mounted with brackets at the bottom to hold the painting and a bracket at the top that adjusts up and down in a slot on the board using a knurled nut. The b
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to a bench arbor press to allow a skilled leather craftsman to perform operation with one hand and one foot. Leather tooling press modification consisting of an extension of the throat of the press to admit a standard size punch, and a foot pedal linked to the handle of the press with a fine chain. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: For further information contact: E D Smart, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, 423 Seventh Avenue SW, Suite 2, Hick
Long Strong Crayons are crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These long, thick crayons are long-lasting and break-resistant and easy to grasp with a whole-handed palmar grasp. COLOR: Nine colors per box.
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted loom for an individual with Parkinson’s disease to practice weaving. When this individual was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she decided that she would try all the things she ever wanted in life including learning how to weave. She taught herself how to weave, bought increasingly bigger looms, and began making clothing for local medieval reenactors. Her diagnosis creates a lot of stiffness which was causing her pain wh
The Magic Paintbox is a painting activity designed foruse by children with fine motor or other upper extremity disabilities or low vision. This activity replicates finger painting, without the mess. Non-toxic gel is contained in a sealed pouch. Users trace patterns and designs with their fingers on the pouch’s surface and a panel behind the gel pouch lights up when pouch is touched to heighten the visual effect. The unit includes a wood frame with lighted panel, plastic gel pouch, and power supp
Make-A-Plate is a drawing activity designed to allow children to create a permanent record of a favorite water-color marker drawing. A special, round piece of art paper is used to create the drawing; the paper is returned to the company and the drawing is imposed on a dishwasher-safe plastic plate. Each kit includes 5 sheets of paper, 1 instruction sheet, a return mailing label/order form, and a pre-addressed return envelope. DIMENSIONS: Finished plates are 10 inches in diameter.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with cerebral palsy to work on resin models. Because of reduced motor skills and strength in his right hand, the user required a means holding cast resin model pieces in place while he combined or painted them using his stronger hand. A custom stand was created with a heavy steel base containing holes for two vertical steel posts which clamp into place. Each post is equipped with a clamp holder at the top. A number of clamps were p
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with cerebral palsy to work on resin models. Because of reduced motor skills and strength in his right hand, the user required a means holding cast resin model pieces in place while he combined or painted them using his stronger hand. A custom stand was created with a heavy steel base containing holes for two vertical steel posts which clamp into place. Each post is equipped with a horizontal arm with a clamp holder at the end. The
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with grasping or fine motor disabilities to print his/her name or participate in a sponge painting activity. Attach foam or rubber letters to a Duramitt glove. These gloves are marketed by Playtex, Inc., and come in two styles. One type of Duramitt has a sponge covering on the palm portion of the mitt, and the other style has the tough scrubbing nylon covering on the palm portion. With either mitt it is possible to attach pieces of Velc
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for children who have difficulty with fine motor and upper extremity coordination participate in drawing activities by using a weighted marker holder to select and recap markers.
Paint 'N' Swirl is a painting activity designed for use by children with upper extremity, fine motor, or eye hand coordination disabilities. Blank cards are placed in the unit and, as one child drizzles the included glitter paint, a second child operates the device, causing the cards to spin to create designs. Using a Battery Device Adapter (not included; see separate entry), this device can be used with a single switch.This set includes the spinner unit, glitter paint, and blank cards. POWER: U
The Painting Easel is designed to be wheelchair accessible, portable, and adjustable with very little physical exertion. The easel has a folding wooden frame that supports an adjustable painting board, which runs on two sets of wooden "T" section tracks. The painting board moves up and down by means of a suspended counterweight, and is held in place by a 3-inch peg. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: Designed by Alan Vukusic for a wheelchair user with limited arm strength and very small reach. The base of t
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable children with vision disabilities coupled with other disabilities to join in painting activities. This device consists of sponge paint brushes attached to a child’s stretchy glove. The handles are removed from one or more sponge paintbrushes and the openings where the handles had been are expanded to accommodate one or two fingers of the glove. Place a small amount of low-temperature glue in the hole in the sponge. With a hand in the glove, place the
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with use of only one hand to cut paper with scissors. The device enables the paper to be elevated and positioned for cutting and consists of a cylindrical wooden base with a magnet embeded in it and a steel plate lid with a raised handle. The paper is held between the lid and the magnet for cutting and the paper can be maneuvered while in the holder. TITLE: Tried and Tested. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol. 12 no. 1, Autumn 2001: p. 18. PAGES (i
The Pencil Grips are pen and pencil holders designed for use by individuals with arthritis, fine motor disabilities, grasping disabilities, and other disabilities of the fingers and hand. These contoured, soft rubber grips aid in holding pens, pencils, slim crayons, standard paint brushes, etc. COLOR: Assorted.
The Picasso Series is a set of four cause and effect training program titles designed for use by children with cognitive or severe physical disabilities. Pressing a switch enables the user to draw and then color a picture while teaching switch use. The program enables the child to capture a paint pallette for each picture. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible comnputers or Macintosh computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: A Macintosh running MacOS 10.1 or newer, or a PC running Windows XP or new
The Potter's Wheel Brace is designed to support an individual's upper body while leaning to use a pottery wheel. The device is made of bent aluminum tubing with a foam sleeve wrapped around the top section. Two rubber mounts are attached to the bottom ends. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: Designed by Jay Drew for a user with poor upper body support who needed a device to support the stomach when working over a pottery wheel.
These Preschool Crayons (no. SC0409) are specially shaped with a large knobbed end so that they are easier to grasp by small children or persons with limited manual dexterity. The crayons are break-resistant and their color won't rub off on skin. These crayons are non-toxic. COLORS: Pink, yellow, green, orange, red, and blue.
The Prop-It 9-in-1 Easel is a bookholder and easel designed for use in teaching children with disabilities. The unit comes with nine teaching tools: a big book easel, presentation easel, magnet board, dry erase board, felt board, chalk board, display, big-book storage rack, and an art easel. The unit folds flat for storage and portability. DIMENSIONS (LxW): 18 x 24 inches when folded.
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with limited hand or finger control to hold a pen, pencil, paint brush, or similar item. To make this device, drill a quarter-inch hole into the center of one of the PVC Tees. Assemble the pencil holder by attaching a PVC Tee to each end of the PVC Nipple. The parts may be threaded and will screw together. Thread the thumbscrew into the drilled hole. Place pencil, marker or paintbrush into the Tee and tighten with the thumbscrew until se
The Rolyan Easel, model A405-800, is designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. This plastic tabletop easel can be used to support activity boards, puzzle boards, and pegboards to combine perceptual activities with range of motion activities. The support shelf can be placed anywhere on the easel, and the easel angle can be adjusted from zero to 75 degrees in 10-degree increments to increase or decrease the angle of reach and difficulty of the activity. The easel can be cl
Scan & Paint, model 302, is a cause and effect training program designed for use by children with cognitive, severe physical, or upper extremity disabilities. In this program, between two and ten paint tubes are lined up on the right side of the screen. To the left of the paint tubes is a simple picture which contains a few sections that can be colored in. A pointer points to one of these sections. The student must select one of the paint tubes for coloring in the section that the arrow is p
The School-Rite Galaxy LTRB Activity Template, model 673, is a drawing and spatial orientation activity designed for use by children with eye hand coordination, neurological, or fine motor disabilities. This thick plastic stencil can be used for teaching directionality and training student skills in locating objects. It introduces the concepts of left, right, top and bottom, focusing on physical placement of images within the context of a template. It provides sample shapes for recognition and i
The Sidiki Portable Transparent Writing/Activities Table, model 817103, is a table-top easel and tilt desk designed for use by people who use wheelchairs and in therapy programs. The scratch -resistant plexiglass easel adjusts to five different positions from horizontal to vertical and can also be used as blackboard, vinyl cling "flannelboard," or activity table. The wood-framed easel features four grooves to accommodate an included shatterproof mirror insert for speech activities; a plexiglass
The Sit-on Needlework Frame is a needlework hoop with stand designed for use by individuals with arthritis, upper extremity disabilities, or use of only one hand. This frame holds the project above the lap and directly in front of the user for hands-free stitching. Crafted of American hardwood, this stable, height-adjustable stand comes complete with a 9" x 18" "No-Baste" split rail scroll frame which tilts to allow access to the back of the project for tying off stitches. Easy-turn plastic kno
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder enables those with use of one hand to knit or crochet. Knitting needle or crochet hook is inserted into hardwood holder. Holder is held in place on table or other surface with suction feet. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p 272 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3360 PA
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping or fine motor disabilities to hold pens, pencils, crayons, or paint brushes. To make these grips, take a 35-millimeter film canisters and cut an "x" in the bottom. The size of the "x" should correspond to the diameter of the writing or drawing implement. Slide the writing or drawing tool through the "x" to create a large gripping surface. The user can hold the tool in a tripod grasp, modified tripod grasp or in a palmar gra
The Songboard and Book Easel, model PVC-SB, is an easel and book holder designed for use by individuals with grasping, upper extremity, ormobility disabilities. This collapsible easel is lightweight and portable. The top part of the easel holds a standard songboard, which is attached to the easel with Velcro. Brackets extend from the middle section of the songboard, providing a place to display a standard-size book or 3-ring binder. In classroom use, this gives the instructor two free hands to a
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping or fine motor disabilities to participate in a sponge painting activity. To make these handles for cut-out sponges to provide a more secure grasp for painting, use a plastic dish scrubber as a knobbed handle. Cut the curled nylon scrubbing surface off the scrubber handle, and hot-glue the cut-out sponge piece on the scrubber base. If the user cannot grasp a knobbed handle, use a grill scrubbing tool or a floor scrubbing too
The Stay Put Easel, model 1484, is an easel designed for use with individuals with emotional or neurological disabilities. A switch, communicator, toy, or other device is secured to the easel or plate with duolock (extra-strong Velcro) and the easel is clamped to a lap tray or table to prevent the user from throwing the device. OPTIONS: Sets of C-clamps are available separately. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 13 x 12 x 10.5 inches.
The Study Pal is a bookholder and table top writing desk designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or who have upper extremity disabilities. This wooden easel has a slanted surface that adjusts to four angles and a lip at the bottom to hold materials in place. The unit folds to book size for storage and transport. DIMENSIONS: 9 x 12 inches.
Susan Bates Luxite 14-Inch Jiffy Knitting Needles are knitting aids designed for use by individuals with arthritis. These extra-thick, brightly-colored single-point needles are made from Luxite plastic, and are lightweight, durable, and warm to the touch. SIZES: US needle sizes 17 (large), 19 (large), 35 (extra large), or 50 (extra large). DIMENSIONS: Needles are 14 inches long. COLOR: Pink (US size 17), blue (US size 19), orange (US size 35), or green (US size 50).
Swirl Art is a painting activity designed for use by children with cognitive and fine motor disabilities. The unit consists of a spinning containter into which a blank card is placed. As the card spins, children apply paint using squeeze bottles to create kaleidoscopic designs. This unit is adapted for use with a single switch (required but not included). Yhe set includes three sqirt bottles of paint and a blank card. POWER: Uses one D battery. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 11.5 x 9.75 x 2.75 inches. COLO
The Table Top Easel is a bookholder with storage desk designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or who have upper extremity disabilities. This wooden easel can be used at a 30- or 60-degree angle and features storage space under the slanted surface and an extended lip to prevent materials from sliding off in the 30-degree position. DIMENSIONS: 20 x 14 inches. COLOR: Natural wood varnish finish.
The Table-Top Songboard Easel, model PVC-TE, is an easel designed for use by students with physical disabilities who benefit from upright presentation of learning materials. This collapsible easel is lightweight and portable. The top part of the easel holds a legal file folder-size songboard or game, which may be attached to the easel with Velcro. The easel provides an instructor with two free hands to assist students or manipulate objects or picture cues.
The Textured Paper Collection is tactile graphics paper designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. The kit contains tactile colored sheets that can be cut out and applied to another surface for such purposes as making tactile items on worksheets, creating area patterns in tactile diagrams, adding texture to adapted storybooks, creating tactile artworks, or labeling household items or books. In addition to paper, vinyl, and Tactile Colours paper in various colors, the kit incl
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY -------DESCRIPTION: A thermoplastic cuff formed to the thigh which has a pointer attached to it. This device allows an individual to point on a communication board, play certain musical instruments, paint, etc.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cuff which fastens around the hand and has a tool pocket to facilitate holding a short handled tool. Instructions for constructing a single strap cuff of canvas webbing, a 2 inch metal ring, hook and loop velcro, leather or vinyl scrap and cord or a shoelace. Lists materials needed and possible sources; includes diagram and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Beems, J TITLE: Adaptive Garden Equipment: A Resource Manual for Patients, Families and
The Vision Vu Easel is an adjustable height easel and copy stand designed to hold papers at a computer work station. The easel adjusts in angle and height, and drops below the desktop for keyboard systems. A clip and line guide are included. DIMENSIONS: 14 inches wide. COLOR: Clear (model 14DC), blueberry blue (model 14DC-BB), grape (model 14DC-GR), lime green (model 14DC-LM), strawberry red (model 14DC-ST), or tangerine (model 14DC-TG).
The Wheelchair Tray Easel, Models 31140 and 31141, is a bookholder with lapboard and an easel designed for use by people who use wheelchairs. The adjustable angle easel attaches to any lapboard with a front rim. Model 31140 is made of clear polycarbonate, and Model 31141 is fabricated of Melamine-impregnated fiberboard. Both models have a hinged, adjustable length leg brace for setting the angle of the easel. The easel includes a 1.5-inch front edge or lip. WARRANTY: The manufacturer warrants th