--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for individuals with upper extremity and fine motor disabilities activate and maneuver a computer mouse.
MATERIALS USED: 1 small but chubby notebook or photo album (The photo albums with rings designed to hold a single 4"x6" picture on each page works well), Two soft sponges, Double-sided carpet tape, Stick of hot glue, Stick Tack or other putty that is used to hold pictures on a wall, 8" fuzzy adhesive-backed Velcro, 1" hook adhesive-backed Velcro , Computer mouse , Scissors , Optional: "Y" mouse cable
1. Remove plastic photo pages from the chubby album.
2. Place the two sponges side by side. Trace and cut out a diagonal hole that allows the mouse to fit snugly between the two sponges. Cut a notch in the sponge to allow the wire from the mouse to lie flat as it runs off the back edge of the sponge.
3. Fasten the sponges onto the inside of the back cover of the photo album with double sided carpet tape. (Hot glue may also be used.)
4. Place the mouse into the hole in the sponges.
5. Cut a short piece of hot glue with a scissors. Fasten this short piece of glue stick to the inside of the front cover of the photo album with stick tack, above the mouse button. See diagram. The stick tack allows the glue stick to be readjusted directly over the button on the mouse, even with a different model mouse. Note: Make the glue stick long enough to click the mouse button when the photo album is closed over the mouse.
6. Remove the paper from the back of the adhesive backed loop Velcro. Fold the Velcro in half, leaving about an inch apart at the end. Place this end over the edge of the photo album front cover.