Armrest Major Bubbles is a whimsical sensory integration activity in which a wheelchair user who cannot blow essentially feels as though they are blowing bubbles. It was developed in response to a request from a young girl who could not blow but wanted very much to blow bubbles. Attaching to the front of a wheelchair, this bubble blower is activated as the wheelchair is moved forward, creating a magical cloud of bubbles around the user. This item can be switch activated as well, for increase in
The ASL Microlight Switch, model ASL312, is a chin or finger switch designed for use by individuals with neurological or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. This mechanical switch can be activated with an extremely light touch by a finger, chin, or other body part. The switch has a mono port and can be used for computer access or for wheelchair control for all power chair types.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sensitive switch that can be activated by slight head movement when mounted or held near child's cheek or chin to operate tape recorder, light, or battery toy. Device is constructed of subminiature SPDT lever switch, earphone with subminiature size plug, large bobby pin, cardboard, glue, tape, and rosin core solder. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: Homemade Battery Powered Toys and Educational Devices for Severely Handicapped Ch
The Chin switch can be positioned anywhere around the neck with plastic tubing that can be cut to fit. The product is intended for people without available arm function. To activate the switch, the user moves their head down on the 0.8 x 2.8-in/2 x 7-cm surface with 1.6-3.8-oz/46-107-g of force. Provides auditory click and tactile feedback.
The Dipsy Switch is a motion sensitive switch designed for use by individuals with severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. This tilt-sensitive switch can be attached to the head, arm, finger or any appropriate object and can be activated by body movements such as tilting the head forward, tilting the head back, or lifting a finger. It can also be attached to objects such as a rocking chair. The switch is activated by a 30-degree tilt to limit false activation. It can also be adjusted
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Head operated switch which turns on if head is held upright and off if the head tilts too far forward or back, to encourage a child to keep her/his head in an upright position. Materials include 2 glass mercury switches, 4 feet of 2 conductor, 22 gauge stranded wire, a subminiature size plug, a strip of cardboard, soldering iron, and hot melt glue with applicator gun. Describes and diagrams construction of the switch. The switch may be attatched to the
DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Switches for use by individuals with mobility or neurological disabilities. Mel Nowland, a retired engineer, has designed many types of electrical switches for people with limited mobility, using easily found materials such as soap dishes and Tupperware, including eye-blink, two-handed, voice-operated, and pillow switches. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mda.org/publications/Quest/q113diy.html. REF: Vol. 11, N
The Eye Blink Switch is an eye switch designed for use by individuals with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities or spinal cord injury. Aiming the switch's sensor at the user's eye enables the user to control communication devices, toys, computers, or other connected devices. Built-in controls give momentary, timed, or latched output. Special internal circuitry can be set to activate with each eye blink or with every double eye blink to ignore normal eye blinking. An adjustable holder
The Head Control Switch is a head position switch designed for use by children and adults with disabilities. The switch is activated by being tilted and can be mounted on the head or another body part.
The Head Switch Kit provides all the materials for making a tilt-activated switch. The switch can be mounted on the head or other body parts, and is activated when tilted.
The Head Switch is a touch switch that can activated with various body parts for individuals with physical disabilities. The switch requires very little pressure and so can be used by the head, knee, elbow, cheek, etc. Contact manufacturer for information on switch mounting kits (not included). DIMENSIONS: The length is 3.75 inches.
The Headswitch, model, L1101, is a head position switch designed for use by wheelchair users. The headswitch is activated by very little pressure from the head, but can also be activated by various other body parts. The switch attaches to many switch mounting systems. DIMENSIONS: The plug is 1/8 inches in diameter.
IZI-flow is a hands-free faucet control designed to allow individuals with fine motor, grasping, or upper extremity disabilities to control a faucet. The IZI-flow is a mechanical valve that is connected to the faucet's water input(s) under the sink and controlled by a mechanical foot pedal (included). The flow speed and temperature are still set using the faucet's handle(s) or knob(s). The user turns on the faucet by depressing the foot pedal and turns it off by releasing the pedal. The IZI-flow
The Mercury Switch, model 3TSMV, is designed for use by individuals with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities. Mounted on a band, this switch can be worn on the hand, wrist, arm, leg, or head, and the switch is activated by slight body movements.
Mercury Tilt switch is activated by a change in position. This switch comes with a Velcro band for attaching to the wrist, arm, leg, etc. The switch has a 3.5 millimeter plug. DIMENSIONS: 0.38 x 1.25 inches.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Modification reduces the amount of travel needed to activate a foot pedal. A microswitch activated electric solenoid is attached to the chair operated by foot pedal, so it pulls on the chair in the same way as the pedal. Used to control the foot pedals on several machines in a garment manufacturing factory. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electrical. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education & Em
The Mounting Switch is a touch switch designed for use by individuals with severe physical disabilities, spinal cord injuries, or upper extremity disabilities. This switch may be mounted in a variety of locations (though used primarily at the head level) and shaped for optimal positioning. The activation pressure of the switch is adjustable from one to three ounces and an audible click is emitted when the switch closes. DIMENSIONS: 6.5 inches long. WEIGHT: 3 ounces.
The Musical Posture Trainer, model 1120, is a posture switch designed to provide feedback with soft music for indivudals with little or no muscle control. It attaches to any part of the body with a velcro strap. This positive feedback device plays soft music when the desired position is achieved.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Mercury switch activates device when it is held upright and turns it off when tilted sideways or down. Can be used to encourage a child to hold head up in order to activate a tape recorder, toy, or light. Switch is contructed of glass mercury switch, small plastic pill bottle with snap lid, earphone with subminiature size plug, 2 small pieces of cardboard, tape, glue, and rosin core solder. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: Homem
NuPoint Head-Tracking Accessory Kit is an accessory to Prentke Romich Company communication devices designed for people with little of no use of the hands. Using optical sensors, NuPoint tracks a small reflective dot on the user’s forehead, glasses or other convenient spot converting the natural movement of the user’s head to accurately control the pointer on the screen. Key activations are made by dwelling over the desired key. Additional movement settings, like vertical and horizontal controls
The Plate Switch is a pressure switch designed to create computer access for individuals with a physical disability. This general purpose switch requires three ounces of pressure to activate and can be used with a chin or head mount. A "click" sound provides auditory feedback. Rubber feet make the switch ideal for desktop use. The switch comes with a black 69 inch cable and 3.5 millimeter plugs at either end. DIMENSIONS: Switch measures 3-7/8 x 2 x 1-1/8 inches. Jack size is 3.5 millimeters. COL
The Pneumatic Switch is a wired multi-switch that allows the special needs user to activate up to two assistive technology devices through breath control, sip or puff.
The Posture Buzzer, model 1140, is a posture switch designed to provide posture training for individuals with physical disabilities. This miniature mercury switch sounds when a body part is tilted beyond pre-set angle. It is the size of quarter and may be worn anywhere on body.
The Posture Monitor is a biofeedback device designed to support individuals who have a limited physical control and difficulty maintaining appropriate posture due to neurological deficits. Its purpose is to promote attention given to maintaining proper trunk alignment by individuals seated in wheelchairs, thus encouraging a seated position that offers greater functionality; enhances learning, self esteem, and mobility; and improves physiological factors such as respiration, circulation and diges
The QuadMouse is a chin, lip, or tongue switch designed for use by individuals with severe physical or neurological disabilities, upper extremity amputation, or spinal cord injury. This switch allows access to a computer or other device with a 0.25-inch movement of chin, lips, or tongue. It connects to a device using a USB port. The QuadMouse allows the user to move the pointer and click, double click and right click using the built-in secondary joystick or the included ClickAssist software. It
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to provide feedback for person having difficulty keeping head upright. A mercury switch is attached to the user's head in the desired "on" position. The switch is attached to a control box. Any 110 volt appliance such as a radio is plugged into the control box and the device turns off when the head moves from the desired position and the switch is no longer in the on position. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: TITLE: Cerebral Palsy Research
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device encourages a child with cerebral palsy to hold head upright by turning on a television set or radio when the head is in the desired position, and turning it off when the head tilts forward. Control box with an electrical outlet switchable by a mercury contact switch is attached to a child's head so that holding the head upright or tilting it forward turns a radio or television on or off. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information con
The Single Sensor Switch is an motion activated sensor and eyebrow switch designed for use by individuals with severe physical or neurological disabilities or spinal cord injury. This switch's sensor is attached to a person's forehead or eyebrow, elsewhere on the head, or to another part of the body. The user activates the switch by moving the part of body to which the sensor is attached, such as raising the eyebrow. The round sensor responds to slight changes in pressure, including twitches and
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Kodak Carousel projectors have a remote control switch that can be modified for use with severely disabled persons. Switch can be activated be a cheek, chin, or other body part to change pictures on a screen that is positioned within visual range. Device is made from Kodak Carousel projector with remote control switch, round lid from a plastic food container 4 to 5 inches in diameter and a sturdy piece of string. COMMENTS: This projector is not battery
The Smart Video Foot Pedal is a foot pedal designed for use by individuals with low vision. It enables the user of Beyond Sight's Visionary PC computer-linked desktop CCTV/video magnifiers (see separate entries) to switch between viewing personal computer (PC) output and viewing enlarged text and other magnified images from the CCTV camera.
The Tilt Switch is a mercury switch designed to activate a toy or device at the slightest mivement for individuals with physical disabilities. When the unit is tilted, the switch is activated. The unit is mounted on a band which can be strapped to the desired part of the body. DIMENSIONS: 0.5 x 1 inches.
The Tilt Switch Kit, model 999, is a squeeze switch kit designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and other physical disabilities. This kit includes a tilt switch, a finger band, a headband, two tilt tubes for grasping skill development, and Velcro for attachment.
The Tip Switch is a mercury switch designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. Designed to be activated by tipping the switch five degrees from the horizontal position, no activation force is required and only a very small range of motion is required. It has a smooth surface to allow easy mounting/positioning on a finger, hand, arm, headband, eyeglasses, etc. The switch provides no tactile or auditory feedback. It comes with a 1/8-inch mono plug and a 5-foot cable. DIMENSI
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple cheek switch may be attached to transistor radio to enable child to turn it on with a slight movement of the head. Device is constructed of transistor radio, subminiature lever switch, large bobby pin, plastic coated wire, plastic lid from food container or tennis ball can, cardboard and rosin core solder. COMMENTS: Can be used to teach simple cause and effect relationships to child who has very limited movement. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTH
The Twitch Switch, model 1061, is an eyebrow switch designed for use by individuals with severe physical, neurological, or upper extremity disabilities or spinal cord injury. This switch is activated by a small muscle movement such as wrinkling the forehead or raising an eyebrow; the amount of muscle movement required for activation can be adjusted for increased or decreased movement. This switch operates in latching, momentary, or timed mode. The latch mode operates an attached device until the
The Ultimate Switch, model 1072, is a touch switch designed for use by individuals with physical disabilities. The switch can be activated by the chin, head, any part of an arm or leg. Only one gram of force is needed for activation, but it is sturdy enough to withstand severe blows. If the switch is struck too hard, the spring will absorb the blow and return to the prepositioned station within the user's reach. This model also includes Quick Disconnect mounting hardware which enables the switc
The Universal Switch, models 1671 and 1671-8, is a versatile, multi-faceted touch switch that can be activated by use of the chin, head, any part of the arms or legs for individuals with severe physical disabilities. Only one gram of force is needed for activation, but it is sturdy enough to withstand severe blows. If the switch is struck too hard, the spring will absorb the blow and return to the prepositioned station within the user's reach. The Universal Switch has various mounting capabiliti