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close this bookMore with Less: Aids for Disabled Persons in Daily Life (Tool, 1993, 93 p.)
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View the documentClothes which can help disabled people
View the documentCommunication and reading and writing aids for disabled people
View the documentSitting aids for disabled persons
View the documentGames
View the documentAids for the Blind
View the documentGardening
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Rake with adapted handle

People with diminished hand strength can still hold this small rake. Cut a strip from an inner tyre tube and cut a small hole in it. Put the rake through the hole and stretch the strip over the hand. The handle is also thickened with inner tyre tube for a better grip.

Stick basket

If a person walks with a cane, and he or she wishes to work in the garden, a basket around the cane can be very handy for transporting small garden tools or things. The cane can be stuck into the ground and all the necessary things are within reach. At the same time, the cane can be used to lean on.

Gardening tools for one-handed persons

Long bars or gardening tools are hard to steer if you have to work with one hand. Onto this bar, a forearm cuff and an extra handle have been fixed. The cuff (a piece of rain pipe or bamboo) should be large enough for a hand to pass through in order to steer the tool. It should support the forearm

Double handed shovel

Shoveling is less heavy when an extra handle is fixed onto the bar of the shovel. The handle is made of wood, and fixed to the bar with a metal strip. The same adaptation can be made for a spade.

Rake with double handle

This rake has been adapted for someone who cannot hold a rake, but who does have arm strength. Two handles made out of a bent strip of metal or aluminum are fixed onto it, so that one can put one's hands through the handles.

Fork with double grip

People who have difficulty holding a fork can be helped by fixing an extra grip half-way the bar. In this way the fork can be handled better. The grip at the end of the bar is also fixed in a comfortable position for the hand. The same adaptations can be made for a spade.