1-Foot Braille Rulers are tactile rulers designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. There are two versions: An English Measurement Ruler, model 1-03070-00, and a Metric-English Measurement Ruler, model 1-03100-00. Both rulers are made of molded plastic. On the English Measurement Ruler, inches and fractions are indicated by raised lines. Braille figures are located at inch divisions. On the Metric-English Measurement Ruler, one-centimeter and 1/2 centimeter intervals are
The 12-Inch Metal Ruler is a braille ruler designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The ruler is made of metal with 0.25-inch markings. The ruler is available in non-folding (23-5201-1) and folding styles (23-5301-9).
The 18-Inch Flexible Ruler, model 1-03050-00, is a tactile, braille, and large print ruler designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This flexible plastic ruler allows tactual and visual measurement of flat or curved surfaces. It has raised lines in quarter-inch increments and numbers in braille and large print. DIMENSIONS (LxW): 47 x 4 centimeters. COLOR: Ruler is white with black lines.
The 30-Centimeter Flexible Ruler, model 1-03031-00, is a tactile, braille, and large print ruler designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This flexible plastic ruler allows tactual and visual measurement of both flat and curved surfaces. Centimeters are indicated with raised black lines, and even numbered marks are labeled in both braille and large print. These rulers are sold in packages of five. DIMENSIONS (LxW): 30 x 3 centimeters.
The 9-inch Protractor, model 23-4301-0, and 23 Centimeter Protractor, model 23-4401-8, are braille protractors designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The instruments are made of metal and feature a cursor and a ruler embossed in inches or centimeters. The protractors display angles from 1 to 190 degrees.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sander with four cone- shaped handles, two horizontal, two vertical, developed as a therapeutic tool where arm strengthening and functional positioning of the fingers is needed. Describes a sander made from pine board 3 feet by 12 inches by 1 1/4 inches and pine or plywood 6 by 7 by 3/4 inches. Lists tools and materials needed, including a table saw and lathe, and describes fabrication. Includes diagrams and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. A
Address: Earth, Large Format Color Atlas, Section One is an Atlas designed for individuals with low vision.This atlas meets 70 specific readability guidelines for users with low vision.Section One covers: Earth Features, North America, South and Far East Asia, plus the Indian Subcontinent. Other sections of the atlas will be announced as they are available.
The All-Around Self-Opening Pliers, model SW5205, are pliers designed for use by individual with arthritis or other grasping disabilities. These lightweight pliers are made of surgical stainless steel and have cushioned, contoured handles joined by a loop. The jaws close by squeezing the handles and open when the handles are released. These pliers can be used for home repair, crafts, and hobbies.
The APH Glue Down Rule, model 1-03081-00, is a tactile rule designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This brass ruler has raised lines at 1/8 inch intervals. It can be bonded to sewing machines, band saws, cutting or drawing boards, etc. This ruler is sold in packs of five. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 0.01 x 12 x 0.5 inches.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Methods of adapting artists' paint brushes to make them wider or longer for easier use by persons who hold them in the mouth. Describes three methods: taping a brush to a dowel of the desired size; inserting the brush into a drilled dowel; joining the ends of a brush and a dowel in a plastic tube. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art and Disabilities, 551 23rd St., Richmond, California 44804
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptations to artists' paintbrushes to make them easier to use for people with difficulty in gripping and manipulating. Describes three adaptions: putting a piece of plastic tubing or plumber's pipe insulation over the handle; fastening the brush to a wooden dowel with a bolt and wing nut to allow adjusting angles; and putting the brush into a hole drilled through the diameter of the dowel. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: Nationa
Aud A Level, models 1102 & 1100, are audible recording level indicators designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The devices connect to the monitor jack of recording equipment. A small speaker produces a tone if the volume level of the recording exceeds the proper level. Pitch of tone is proportional to the degree volume exceeds proper level; varying pitch level allows rapid adjustment of equipment. Time can be read to 2 second accuracy for broadcast and other precis
Audible and tactile meter reader. Connects across the terminals of any electrically driven visual meter movement. Applications include ham radio, broadcast, automotive, analog computer readout, electronic, radio and TV test equipment. 4 channel unit connects to 4 different meters; has selector switch.
Volt ohm meter.Milliammeter used for testing electronic equipment under repair. Measures DC and AC voltage, DC resistance and current, and AC output of electronic equipment. Braille scale and audio circuit in place of visual meter.
The Audible Battery Tester is designed for persons who are blind or have low vision. The device tests 9-volt, AA, AAA, C, D, and N size batteries. The user places the battery in the tester, then presses a button. As the button is pressed, a continuous beep is heard if the battery has power. The louder the beep, the more power remains in the battery. The Audible Battery Tester also has a light indicator for those who can see.
The Audible Battery Tester (Model ABT2) is a hand-held button battery tester that will test AAA, AA, C, D, N, 9 volt and button cell batteries by emitting a strong buzz when the battery is good, a weaker buzz when marginal and should not be used for recording, and no sound when discharged. The unit also has a visual meter display with a green, red, and yellow zone.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Jig holds a plastic bag in upright position and provides for ease of stapling after parts are placed in bag. Detailed assembly diagram included, but it is hard to read. Contact developer for original print. Assembly described as easy and inexpensive. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employment of Handicapped People. REF: Book: Vocational Stu
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable individuals with cognitive disabilities to package balloons. This device tightly winds packets of balloons for placement is show bags, give-aways, etc. The device has spindles which hold the bag and a wooden board with a spring underneath which holds the packets against the spindle. On the prototype model, the spindles were turned by hand using wooden rollers on each side. A later model, however, will replace the rollers with a treadle. The spindles will be
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extended table for a band saw; the increased work surface makes it easier for a person with unsteady hands or arms to slide or balance large pieces of wood to be cut. Extended band saw table made of 3/4 inch plywood. Includes drawing and diagram with measurements. COMMENTS: For further information contact Dr Ken Brewelheide, Department of Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Guger
BlindShell is an application developed for visually impaired individuals. It is controlled by simple touch gesture. There is also a text-to-speech feature with vibration and sound responses. Blindshell contains the following applications: Call, Messages, Contacts, Alarm, Notes, Voice Recorder, Book Reader, Color Recognition, Settings, Information about State, Favorites and Missed Events. There is also an easy-to-use keyboard for writing numbers and texts. To purchase BlindShell see Google Play.
This Bracelet Assistant is designed for those individuals who have a debilitating condition that affects their fine motor skills and/or use of their hands. Also would benefit individuals with poor dexterity, perhaps those who have arthritis. Portable and small. Users have aided support while putting bracelets or necklaces on with this tool as it acts as an extra hand, holding one end of the bracelet or necklace.
The Braille/Print Protractor, model 1-04115-00, is a braille and large print protractor designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This 180- degree half circle protractor has bold large type numbers and braille dots to mark the degrees. Two braille dots mark ten-degree increments, while a single braille dot marks the five-degree increments. This protractor features a "wand," a long, flat piece which is pointed at one end and anchored on a pivot at the center of the protra
The CAL-10 is a caliper audio unit designed to provide talking readouts for standard digital micrometers or calipers for individuals who are blind or have low vision. It is a serial interface that plugs directly into the caliper and allows for clear, concise, natural voice annunciation (male or female) in English or metric, up to the furthest decimal expansion the micrometer supplies. A simple push of the button gives you the measurement in either spoken english or spanish. All sound is encoded
The Click Rule and Metric Click Rule are tactile and auditory measuring devices designed for individuals who are blind or have low vision. They allow for quick measurements of wood and tool setups as well as for general use The Click Rule measures up to 12 inches and is accurate to 1/16 of an inch. It measures outside and inside dimensions as well as depths of holes 3/8 inches in diameter and larger. The Metric Click Rule measures up to 20 millimeters with accurate measurements of one millimeter
Connectables, model CM-6, are a set of three clip-on magnifying lenses that can be attached to cosmetic, medical, and craft tools to make them usable by individuals with low vision. They have clear acrylic lenses and mounts that swivel 360 degrees to enable users to see fine details while working with a variety of tools.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Drill press guide is designed to achieve accurate control of the countersinking process for those with limited hand function. To construct the fixture, a small cradle is welded to a piece of steel tubing with a U shaped strip welded to the opposite end. A clamp holds the countersink in the cradle. The U shaped strap guides the drill press without interfering with its normal action. Includes illustration. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Aikens, T; Wat
Their digital read-out instruments plug into this Digi-Voice tool module for voice output. One module may be used with a number of different instruments. Instruments include; micrometers, calipers, thickness indicators, and linear and height gauges (see separate entry). Optional printer ($245.00) may be used. Cable is needed for each instrument category and for connection to the printer ($45 each).
---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself drill guide for an individual with low-vision. The DIY drill guide is created using an empty spool of thread or a sewing machine bobbin. First mark the spot to be drilled by making a "start hole" with an awl, nail, or ice pick. Next place the drill bit through the spool or bobbin and align the point of the bit with the start hole. With the drill in the "off" position, place the flat end of the spool or bobbin firmly against
Table saw with 4 inch blade cuts up to 1 inch stock at 90 degree and 3/ 4 inch at 45 degrees. Will make all cuts the big saws do: rip, cross, chamfer, bond, mortise, tongue and groove.
Disc or belt sander shapes, sands, polishes, cleans and sharpens most wood, metals and plastics. Use 5 inch disc for rough sanding and shaping. Belt for finish sanding, sharpening and polishing.
Moto-Tool contains high speed motor (up to 30,000 r.p.m.) for grinding, cutting, sanding, drilling, carving, polishing and more.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Drill press that can be used by someone in a wheelchair. Describes a drill press adapted by lowering and tilting it toward the rear to make it accessible to and more easily usable by a person in a wheelchair. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact: Leonard L Anderson, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Rehabilitation Engineering Center, 2021 North Old Manor, Wichita, Kansas 67208. REC funded by NIHR grant G008005053.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Extended table and clamps to hold pieces of various sizes, to enable a person with unsteady hands to operate a drill press. Drill press table extender made of 3/4 inch plywood, hold down rails and 5 inch C clamps. Includes drawing and diagram with measurements. COMMENTS: For further information contact Dr Ken Bruwelheide, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Use of a large spherical knob on one of the three arms of a drill press handle to enable a person with limited hand dexterity to operate the drill press. Describes use of a 3 inch aluminum sphere threaded to match the threads on a drill press handle arm as a substitute for one of the smaller knobs originally on the handle. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Barker, D; McGuinness, J; Breault, J P TITLE: Problem Solving With Rehabil
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Work holding jig to uniformly position location of object to be drilled by a blind operator. Work holder is placed in drill press vice, positioned so drill bit will center and drill desired location. Includes drawing of assembly. May be available from developer for $25, template cut to customer design. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employ
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to a drill press sanding jig to enable its use by a person with one arm or limited use of one arm. Describes adaptation involving a large plywood working table that enables a sanding drum to extend below the table. It also includes a spring balanced foot feed. Lists materials and includes drawings. COMMENTS: For information contact: Dr Ken Bruwelheide, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Mo
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Jig for positioning items when using a drill press. The jig assists in positioning parts for accurate drilling. It is made with a simple angle iron support to keep it level and a fixed stop to assure the hole will be drilled in the same at the same angle each time. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Charles Eckles, Independent Consultant, CA Dept. of Rehab. TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable a sandblaster with repetetive motion injury to continue working. The standard sandblasting hose requires that a switch be pressed and held down the entire time it is in use. To enable the user to operate the device without the continuous use of force, the trigger switch was replaced with a spring-loaded toggle switch. A ball was inserted to push the toggle to the on position and hold it there. The ball was attached to a chain on the user's wrist. If the hose
The EZ Test Battery Testeris an audible or audible and vibrating battery tester designed for use by individuals who are blind or deaf blind or who have low vision. The tester is available in an audible version (model 1-03968-00) that reports battery status by beeps, and an audible/tactile version (model 1-03969-00) that reports battery status by vibrations and beeps. A flexible testing wire allows for testing of 1.5-volt batteries, including AAA, AA, C, and D batteries. Also included are two con
FoldRite: Letter Folding Tool is a tool designed for individuals with low vision to help them fold letters. Made of durable plastic, designed to make folding 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper a snap. Consists of two plastic, hinged plates. Letters can be tri-folded by placing the paper between the plates and folding the FoldRite over twice. Can also be used to create strips of blank braille paper that fit into a business envelope.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Foot operated lever for a power mitre saw enables it to be used by someone with one arm or limited use of one arm. Describes a supplementary foot operated lever consisting of a plywood cutting base, a foot rod and a foot operated sewing machine switch. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: For information contact: Dr Ken Bruwelheide, Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworki
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Enables person with limited use of hands to cut wire accurately using foot pedals. Device pulls wire off roll and feeds it into the cutter. When wire hits the stop it is cut to give the prescribed length of wire. Wire drops into box. Device has 2 rollers, one which drives the wire. a ratchet is attached to drive wheel and foot pedal. Spring returns it. Diagram included. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J. TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Mach
The Gorilla Gripper is a construction materials carrier designed for use by individuals with use of one hand or upper extremity arthritis or disabilities. This device is designed to enable one person to carry heavy sheet goods such as plywood, drywall, particleboard, melamine, tempered glass and granite from the top, using only one hand. The gripper works by clamping onto the top center of the material, creating a sturdy temporary handle for the person who is carrying it. This device uses the i
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with finger amputation to use a hammer. An Orthoplast (see separate entry) splint is softened in warm water and molded to the user's arm. A long-handled hammer is positioned along the splint; when the splint hardens, two holes are drilled through the splint and the hammer handle. Bolts are placed through the holes to secure the hammer to the splint. Two Velcro bands provide additional stability and a Velcro loop near the hammer head provides a l
iDevice Gooseneck Mounting System is an equipment designed for the iDevice. This mounting system comes with adjustable iPad cradle which gives the ability to mount iPad to a variety of AbleNet's mounting systems without removing protective case from the iPad. The adjustable iPad cradle allows access to external buttons and 30-pin or lightning connector ports.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable individuals with cognitive disabilities to assemble pegs for hanging clothing. This jig clamps to a bench and has slots to hold the two sides of the peg in position. With the sides stabilized, the spring section can be placed over them. TITLE: Making Work Easy. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol. 12 no. 1, Autumn 2001: p. 12-13. PAGES (including cover): 3 2001.
The LegUp Panel-Lifting Accessory for Table Saws is a table saw accessory designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. The unit mounts to the edge of a table or fence rail and functions as a fulcrum to assist in placing plywood and other large sheet stock onto the table. The unit is a hinged powder-coated steel leg with a "foot" or hook at the bottom. It bolts to the vertical edge of a table saw or to the horizontal lip at the end of a fence rail attached to the table for
The Lever Hand Punch is a hand punch for metal or plastics with burr free holes. The punch comes with 7 round punch and die sets. Punch makes holes from 3/32 to 1/4 inch. A bench mount base is available separately ($15).
Lockable Plastic Pliers (Third Hand), model K-40, are designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. These pliers have straight handles with a locking device to hold small objects in place or hold two flat objects together. DIMENSIONS: 6.5 inches long. WEIGHT: 0.6 ounce.
Steel rulers 3/4 inch wide by 1/32 inch thick. Steel etched for fingernail reading. No Braille. Available in 24 inch lengths.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Measuring device for a blind person to measure drywall, shelving or paneling. Slide measuring device made from 1/4 inch by 3 inch paneling. The longer board has a 1/ 4 inch groove in the center several inches long. The shorter board has a 1/4 inch groove running nearly its entire length. By loosening the wing nuts the ruler can be adjusted. tightening the wing nuts maintains the measurement until the board is scored for cutting. Includes picture, but i
The Meterstick is a braille and tactile ruler designed for use by people who are blind or have low vision. This one-meter measuring aid identifies centimeters and decimeters with molded, tactile markings. Centimeters are displayed by thin raised lines, with every other increment identified in braille. Decimeters are marked by thick raised lines and in braille. The ruler is made of durable plastic, and is drilled for hanging.
Snap on micrometer with deeply etched markings. Standard calipers can be read only with micrometer. Models in one inch increments from 0 to 6 inches.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Workplace modification which provides the function of hammering to an individual with limited upper extremity function. Modification of commercially available compressor and air chisel. Air chisel is suspended above work station by a commercially available balancer. Trigger valve of the chisel is removed, and an electric solenoid valve is attached to the output of the compressor. The solenoid valve is operated by a foot-actuated ribbon switch. Then it
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable a saddle maker with back and wrist pain to continue working. Many tools were adapted to require less gripping force. A palm-held pneumatic hammer, generally used in furniture making, was internally altered by replacing a hard rubber bumper with a softer material, creating a tapping effect rather than a hard hammering effect. In addition, a powered, height-adjustable table accommodated a heavy granite anvil and embossing tools, enabling the user to use the to
Table top stand with attachment for holding and locking Dremel power tools into position. Allows use of both hands on work piece. General use product.
The Motus D-Grip Handle is a tool grip designed for use by individuals limited upper extremity strength. The D-shaped plastic handle attaches to most tools, including shovels, rakes, brooms, etc. to provide additional leverage. The handle adjusts to any position. DIMENSIONS: Fits shafts 0.75 to 1.75 inches in diameter. COLOR: Black and white.
The Motus T-Grip is a tool grip designed for use by individuals limited upper extremity strength. The straight plastic handle attaches at a right angle to the handle shaft of most straight-shaft tools, including shovels, rakes, brooms, etc. to provide additional leverage and push/pull assistance. DIMENSIONS: Fits shafts 0.75 to 1.75 inches in diameter. COLOR: Black.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Deice to hold nails when hammering. A narrow strip of corrugated cardboard is used to hold nails by pushing the nails through the wavy pockets in the cardboard. As each nail is used peel away or rip off the sections of cardboard. Can also be used to hold screws. Includes drawing. TITLE: The Finger Saver. REF: Article: Home Mechanix, June 1989: p 83. PAGES (including cover): 1 1989.
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of ruler that will allow individuals with low vision to read smaller units of measurements such as centimeters and millimeters on the ruler. The New Rule has larger numbers on higher contrast measurement bars. A sliding pointer runs along the center of the ruler, displaying the millimeter measurement as numbers, again on a high contrast background, on a wheel inside the pointer's housing. An arm inside the slider rests against the track and
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Tool facilitates the installation of rubber O-ring seals externally on a shaft. Simple clear diagram depicts proportions to use when shaping a wooden dowel into tool. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employment of Handicapped People. REF: Book: Vocational Studies Dept., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI: pp 70-71. NARIC CALL NUMBER: R2479
The Open-Sezz-Me is a package opener designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. Designed for right- or left-handed use, this device is equipped with a blade to open rigid plastic packaging. A rotating, locking blade guard secures the blade when not in use. OPTIONS: Extra blades are available. DIMENSIONS (LxWxD): 5 x 3 x 0.375 inches. WEIGHT: 1.3 ounces.
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY---- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with use of only one hand to put a pillow in a pillow case. This device consists of a three-foot tall cylinder made of 1/16-inch thick ABS plastic (approximately one-third of a sheet). The pillow case is turned inside out and places over the cylinder. The pillow is then pushed into the cylinder, forcing the pillow case to turn right-side-out over the pillow. SKILLS REQUIRED: Fabrication. TITLE: Pillow Case Jig for Therapy Center Worker. WE
The Pistol Grip File Handle, model F-2, is a tool grip designed for use by individuals with arthritis or other grasping disabilities. This pistol-grip ergonomic handle holds the file (not included) at a right angle to the handle, allowing ergonomically correct positioning of the fingers, hand, and wrist and providing more leverage than standard handles. The handle is equipped with a hole to accept most standard files. DIMENSIONS: 5 inches long. WEIGHT: 2.5 ounces.
The Pistol Grip with Hose Clamps Set, model PGB-1, is a tool grip designed for use by individuals with arthritis and other grasping disabilities. This set can be used to create an ergonomic, built-up handle for a variety of tools, including garden tools, paint brushes and more. The set includes one pistol grip, two hose clamps, and a fixed wrench for clamp adjustments. The Economy Pistol Grip, model PG-K, is the pistol grip with holes for hose clamps only but does not include the clamps or fixed
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device that clamps to a chair leg and can hold a small desk, easel, embroidery frame or other object to be worked on. Intended as an aid for people with limited or no use of one arm. Instructions for constructing a pivoting vise or clamp to hold objects to be worked on. The device is made of 1 1/2 inch diameter plastic water pipe, plywood, clamp bars, various screws, nuts and bolts and a clamp. Provides patterns, drawings, diagrams and a photograph. Al
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to an engraving machine to allow a person with no use of one arm and partial use of the other to operate it. A commercially available pneumatic air attachment was fitted to an engraving machine with the control valve close to the stylus control knob so the worker could operate the stylus and the cutter control lever with one hand. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: Developed by the Work Preparation Center, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, 7601 East I
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modifications to a woodworking station to provide a power saw blade guard, an assembly jig for plywood boxes and a positioner guide for a pneumatic stapler, to enable a blind person to work quickly and safely. Describes modifications consisting of replacing a swing-up blade guard with a fixed wooden shroud, making a framework around which a box could be quickly assembled, and a guide attached to the pneumatic stapler tip. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: De
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to help a student who cannot hold a ruler still while drawing a line, as in doing geometry problems. Device made with a plexiglass ruler suspended above a piece of board (such as plywood) by a spring on a bolt at each end. The student slips the book or paper to be drawn on under the ruler in the correct position then pushes down on the ruler, which holds the paper and the ruler in place. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Kunc,
Auditory meter reader. Instrument signals when visual meter peaks. Quick scan buttons enable operator to search lower levels without changing basic meter settings. AC powered, accurately calibrated. Switches for zero volume units (VU), and for operation at +4 or +8 volume units (VU). Can be used with balanced or unbalanced input. Built in stereo switch. 1102, Multi Chan Switcher ($75.00), allows multichannel use for 8, 16, 24 channel recorders. Additional channels ( 1104) are $25.00 each.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Safety feed stick to be used on a variety of power cutting machines, for people with unsteady hands or arms. Diagram of a safety push stick for power cutting machines. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education and Emnployment of Handicapped People: Supplement REF: Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin-Madison Vocational Studies Center: p 482-483 NARI
--- "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 within
--- "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; and
--- "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: Woodworking. A
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with Down Syndrome to operate a riveter. The concertina-style riveter was held with one hand while steadying a sign to be riveted. A stand was built to bear the weight of the riveter while holding it upright, The stand has a square steel base covered in thick plywood on which the sign to be riveted rests. An L-shaped steel is fastened to the base. The riveter is suspended form the top of the L on multi-strand stainless steel cable, with counter
The Rolyan Workhand Leather Anti-Vibratory Wrist Brace is a wrist splint designed to restrict the final degrees of wrist flexion and extension in addition to absorbing harmful vibrations found in industrial settings for persons with arthritis. The majority of the brace is made with leather and lined with suede. It also features gray cotton stockinette between the velcro straps and the skin for an added cushion. Foam padding is also included on both the volar (top) and dorsal (back) surfaces of
The Safecut Webbing Cutter is a cutter designed for use in cutting webbing, seat belts for emergency release, and other items. The device features a replacable enclosed knife edge and a polycarbonate hand loop with finger grips, and a slot for the material to be cut. Velcro on one side to attaches to the device to the worksite or automobile dashboard. COLOR: Bright yellow.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder enables one handed changing of sockets. Device is clamped to a work bench in an upright position. Constructed from 2 wooden blocks, fastened to each other at right angle. Drill hole down center of upright block to snuggly fit specific wrench used. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Employment of Handicapped People. REF: Book: Vocational
SpeakFAST is a voice output module designed for use with a torque wrench by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This module provides access to the FAST Technologies Sensor System 1000 torque wrench by capturing data from the wrench and converting it to equivalent speech output. The module is used in conjunction with a modified FAST Technology Series 1000 torque meter and sensor to provide speech output of torque readings. The two units are connected and mated into one portable unit tha
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a cutting tool to enable a disabled worker to hold the tool in the proper position to trim a molded plastic fitting. Diagrams of a machined aluminum block-shaped tool to hold a commercially available trim blade. COMMENTS: Developed under NIHR grant G008005053 to the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas Rehabilitation Engineering Center. For further information contact: Leonard Anderson, Rehabilitation Engineering Center (above),
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fixture is modified to allow person with use of one hand, and limited reach and stamina to operate a drill press. Fixture is designed with spindle positioned at 45 degree angle to work surface. Spindle is supported by V blocks and an adjustable end stop. A lever clamp holds the spindle in the V blocks. A pneumatically driven power feed drill is used to perform drilling operation. Includes diagram. COMMENTS: For further information contact Cerebral Pals
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fixture helps overcome difficulty in operating power equipment by persons with unsteadiness of hands or arms. This board fixture slides in the table saw mitre slots. The workpiece is safely held in place with a fence clamp arrangement. The movable cutting table is made of 3/4 inch plywood. Rails and handles are made of hardwood. COMMENTS: Developed by Dr Ken Bruwelheide Department of Agricultural and Industrial Education, Montana State University, Boze
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Used by a blind person to set the width of the fence from the saw blade. Device is made from plastic pipes cut into different lengths from 1/2 inch to 8 inches. A file is used to mark the size of each (e.g., 4 grooves indicates 4 inches). The proper size pipe is placed against the saw blade and the fence is moved against the opposite end. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Russ Gage, 4820 South 20th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221, 414
Automatic torque wrench. Ratchet action snap on click type wrench included. 100 inch pound, 100 foot pound, 200 foot pound.
Tachometer adapted for the blind. Tests engine RPM cylinder balance, transmission shift points, dwell measurement and secondary and primary circuits.
Digital frequency counter is attached to voice output circuit. Button is pressed to activate voice circuit. Digital array is spoken one digit at a time including decimals. Measures frequency of any repetitive AC signal from 50 hz to 50 mhz. Counter also used for setting audio frequency oscillators, checking electric line frequency. 4 by 6 by 4 inches.
Voltmeter with digital display and voice output of digital display. Measures 0.1 millivolt to 1 kv. Amperes from 0.001 MA to 10A, both AC and DC, ohms from 0.1 ohm to 2 megohms. Power 110 volt.
Digital tools that are to be used with their Digi-Voice Tool Module ( see separate entry). Precision instruments for machinists, mechanical/ industrial process control engineers, etc. to measure accurately to . 0001 inch. All instruments require separate cables. Choice of 2705 Dial Gauge .4-.8 inches for $285; 2736 Dial Gauge .8-1.2 inches for $299; 2735 Dial Gauge Stand for $95; 2710, 0-1 inch Micrometer for $195; 2711, 1-2 inch Micrometer for $245; 2712, 2-3 inch Micrometer for $295; 2713, 3-4
The Talking LabQuest is a voice output module for scientific data sensors designed to allow people who are blind or low vision to use scientific instruments in a laboratory setting to collect data while conducting experiments. The Talking LabQuest is a handheld device that is compatible with over 70 electronic sensors (not included) that take physical, biological, and chemical measurements. The Talking LabQuest is intended to allow students who are blind or have low vision to participate in labo
The Talking Tape Measure is and audible tape measure designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This tape measure features buttons to dispense and retract the tape, metric conversion buttons, and an on/off switch. At the press of a button, and the measurement is announced. The unit measures up to 16 feet and automatically shuts off after the measurement is given. A belt clip and case are included. POWER: Uses one 9-volt battery (included). OPTIONS: Voice output in Spanis
Sitting still places considerable stress on our backs, severely restricts our blood flow and can even change our metabolism. The Webble allows office workers to change these effects. The ergonomic footrest enables a user's lower body to move in four distinct ways while sitting: forward and backward, side to side, in circles and up and down. DIMENSIONS: 19.5 inches length x 11.2 inches width x 4.6 inches height. WEIGHT: 4.5 pounds. COLOR: Red, black or silver. WARRANTY/GUARANTEE: As stated by the
The Tiger Taco is a box flap clip designed for use by individuals with upper extremity or coordination disabilities. Available in steel or plastic, these taco-shaped clips assist in the packing and unpacking of cardboard boxes by securing the flaps out of the way.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable individuals with cognitive disabilities to open video reel cartons. This small tool undoes the tabs of the cartons that have to be reversed for recycling. The tool is a metal blade with small teeth at either end which can be hooked under the folded carton tabs to undo them without damaging the carton. The tool is equipped with a wide wooden handle to accommodate users with limited manual dexterity. TITLE: Making Work Easy. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol. 12
Transition Tote System: Large Print Kit, Revised is designed for individuals with low vision. Transition Tote materials teach middle school, secondary, and transition students with visual impairments essential skills for learning about themselves and the world of work. This includes seeking, obtaining, and keeping jobs. In addition to seven new lessons and the custom designed backpack, this kit includes updated descriptions of technology, revised resource and reference materials, and an updated
The Turbo 6 Talking Battery Charger is a voice output battery charger designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This unit charges up to six batteries at once, with two charging compartments for flat 9-volt batteries and four compartments for cylindrical double-A, triple-A, C, or D cells. Batteries can be charged in any combination. The compartment number and charging status of batteries are announced as batteries are placed in the unit, when charging is complete, or when
This Universal Adaptive Drink Holder is designed for individuals who have limited or no grip, persons with disabilities that negatively affect their fine motor skills, a person with a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, MS, cerebral palsy, someone who has arthritis or had a stroke. With the Universal Adaptive Drink Holder the user can drink independently. This product has a curved handle and can be adjusted to fit onto bottles, cans, cups & glasses of all different shapes, sizes and
The Upright File Handle, model F-1, is a tool grip designed for use by individuals with arthritis or other grasping disabilities. This ergonomic handle holds a file (not included) at a right angle to the handle, allowing ergonomically correct positioning of the fingers, hand, and wrist and providing more leverage than standard handles. The handle is equipped with a hole to accept most standard files. DIMENSIONS: 5 inches long. WEIGHT: 4 ounces.
Fuel, vacuum and pressure gauges used in automotive air conditioning service, modified for the blind. Measures performance on cars.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable individuals with cognitive disabilities to de-spool video reels for recycling. The devices consists of a holder with slots for four reels, with rollers made from typewriter platens underneath. A small motor turns the rollers which rotate the reels, causing the tape to come off the reels and fall into a garbage bag. The light belts driving the rollers provide enough force to turn the reels, but not enough to damage anything else that touches them. TITLE: Maki
The Woodwiz Splitter is designed to split logs with out the wide range of motion or strength needed for conventional log cutting. The log splitter may be used by persons in a wheelchair, with impaired vision, or back problems. The log splitter permits velocities comparable to that of a swung sledge hammer; eliminates the inertial drag of the guide tube when the hammer impacts, and whose weight is twice that of the splitting tip; absorbs the shock of impact and does not transmit the shock to the
The Zip-It Opener is a package opener designed for use by individuals with fine motor or upper extremity disabilities or arthritis. This device opens hard plastic blister or clamshell packages using a powered roller blade. With the press of a button, this battery-operated opener easily cuts through most difficult packages leaving no sharp edges. When not in use, the Zip-It has plastic safety guard that fits over the blade. POWER: Uses 2 AA batteries (not included). WARRANTY: 60-day limited warra