Category: down syndrome

DIY Stylus

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The DIY Stylus is a do it yourself stylus designed for those individuals with upper extremity disabilities to use.

Technical Specifications: 
Step One: Gather materials.
  • Plastic highlighter.
  • 3-foot bare wire.
  • Small piece of conductive foam*.
  • Electrical tape.
  • Pliers.
  • Scissors.
  • Plastic highlighter.

* Where to get conductive foam – TechAccess (see organization).

Step Two: Start by removing the innards of the highlighter. Using pliers remove the tip, and the felt ink well by removing the end plug of the highlighter.

*Maker will be left with these parts: an empty highlighter shell, the end plug, and the cap.

Step Three: Thread your wire through the barrel of the highlighter so that the maker has the wire coming out both ends.

Step Four: Tightly wrap the wire around your piece of foam, which should be cut into something about the size of a pen cap. Make sure the wire is tightly wound.

Step Five: Grabbing the other end of the wire, pull the foam into the highlighter so that just 1/4-inch of the tip remains to show. This is the pointer for your stylus.

Step Six: Wrap the remaining wire around the barrel of the highlighter, making sure that the wire covers the highlighter from top to bottom. A hand touching this wire is what creates the charge to control the touch screen.

Step Seven: Using your electrical tape, wrap the barrel of the highlighter with the electrical tape. Many fun colors are available.

Step Eight: Trim the foam at the tip to a rounded point. Do not trim too close. Leave about 1/4 of an inch of foam for the user's stylus tip.


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Made By:

TechACCESS of Rhode Island
Organization Type: 
TechACCESS of Rhode Island was founded in 1991 to provide assistive technology (AT) services to people with disabilities.
Phone: (401) 463-0202
Fax: (401) 463-3433
Phone (International): 
1 (800) 916- 8324