Category: Communicators General

Talking Photo Frame Switch

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"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities and communication disabilities to communicate. Talking Photo Frames may be adapted to create a small talking switch that can be used as a beginning augmentative communication device. The lid of the photo frame is used as a switch to activate the voice. This eliminates the need for a separate switch and there are no wires from the switch to the voice-output device. A picture and/or texture symbol can be attached to the top with Velcro to represent a simple message. A number of these talking switches may be placed around the environment or in an array within reach of the user. To make this device, cut a slice of the hot glue stick about a quarter-inch thick with a pair of scissors and fasten the slice of hot glue to the lid of the photo frame with Stick-tac so that when the frame is closed, the glue slice pushes on the play button and activates the recorded message. Note: Move the slice of hot glue to prevent accidental activation when use is not desired (for example, in a book bag). Place a four-inch piece of loop Velcro beginning on the top of the lid, folding back on itself, and ending on the bottom of the lid. This makes a flap about 1.25 inch long that will fold under the frame and attach to a small piece of hook Velcro on the bottom. The purpose of this flap is to fasten the lid loosely shut, leaving enough space so that lid can move up and down to activate the play button. Use a piece of loop Velcro on the top of the switch to fasten pictures and/or texture symbols. Attach the hook Velcro to picture side. Use hook Velcro on the bottom of the switch so that several switches may be attached to a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet mounted to a piece of wood, table or wheelchair tray. MATERIALS: Radio Shack Voice Recording Photo Frame or similar talking photo frame, hot glue stick (regular size just under one-half inch in diameter), Stick-tac or other putty used for holding posters on a wall, adhesive backed loop Velcro (about 6 inches, cut in half lengthwise), adhesive backed hook Velcro (about 3 inches, cut in half lengthwise), a picture or texture symbol. Record message as directed. TOOLS: Scissors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly.. TITLE: Make-n-Take Talking Frames for Simple Communication WEB SITE: Oklahoma ABLE Tech at http://okabletech.okstate.edu/. REF: Make-n-Take Do it Yourself AT. Oklahoma ABLE Tech can also be contacted at Oklahoma State University Seretean Wellness Center, 1514 W. Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK 74078 USA; 800-257-1705 V/TDD, 405-744-9748 V/TDD, 405-744-2487 Fax.

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07/06/2004