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close this bookMore with Less: Aids for Disabled Persons in Daily Life (Tool, 1993, 93 p.)
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Communication and reading and writing aids for disabled people

Alphabet glove

A person who is unable to talk, can formulate words by pointing at the letters on this glove. The letters and the numbers 1 to 10 on the glove have been glued on in random sequence.

Picture book

A person who is unable to speak, can communicate via this book with photos of every-day activities and objects. By pointing at the photos, the user can express what he or she wants. The photos have been divided into categories such as eating, drinking, emotions, leisure etc. Instead of photos, clear pictures from magazines may be used.

Keyboard aid for type-writer

A person with poorly controlled hand movements can use a typewriter better with the help of this metal or wooden plate. The holes fit the keys exactly. This prevents striking the wrong keys accidentally. Instead of using one's finger, one may use a hand-made wooden hammer to strike the keys.

Typing splint

A person who lacks strength in his or her fingers can stabilize the finger with this typing splint. The finger piece is somewhat longer than the finger and the tip is wound with rubber band for a better grip on the keys. You can also wind a small elastic band around the splint and finger to keep the finger in place.

Ball pen adaptations

If a person has difficulty holding a ball pen, there are several ways to adapt the pen. Usually, a pen is held with three fingers. If a person lacks strength in the fingers, a piece of wood or a strip of bent metal around the hand can be used as a grip. A triangular piece of wood or elastic bands around the pen can also make the grip easier.

Sheet holder

To prevent a sheet of paper from slipping away, you can tie it down on a piece of board with elastic bands or rope. You can also make a metal frame that you can place over a piece of board. The frame should fit the board exactly, so that the paper in between is firmly fixed.

Handwriting conductor

A handwriting conductor can help people with bad eyes or whose hands tremble, so that writing in a straight line is difficult. The conductor is made of firm cardboard. Cut several strips of the same width as the paper and glue them onto a piece of cloth so that it is possible to roll the cloth backwards. The cloth should be fixed onto a larger piece of cardboard in such a way that the paper can be stuck in between. Now you can roll back the cloth strip after strip after each written line.

Elongated brush

To be able to paint while sitting, one can lengthen the brush. Wrap the end of the brush with a piece of cloth and stick it into a light hollow tube. In this way, the brush is firmly fixed and can be changed easily whenever you need another brush.

Reading spoon

A person who cannot use his or her hands in order to turn over the pages of a book may turn the page with the help of wooden spoon with a roughened tip. For example, twist a rubber band around the tip of the spoon.

Reading stand

If a person cannot hold up a book very well, it can be put on a stand. Attach a small piece of wood, large enough to hold the book, at the frontside. The angle of the stand is adjustable by sliding the elastic bands forwards or backwards. The transverse laths are attached with partly tightened screws.

Newspaper holder

This newspaper holder prevents a paper from falling apart while being read. Pin the left fold of the newspaper between two wooden sticks with two winged nuts. The newspaper remains in one piece and won't blow away that easily.