Ferby Pencil is designed for children with Down’s syndrome, low muscle tone, stroke and for those that are new to writing and drawing. The Ferby Pencil is designed for small hands. Developed in cooperation with physiologists and educators, the new rounded triangular shape and unlaquered wood barrel ensures comfortable, proper grasping.
The Adjustable Writing Slope, models SB16 and SB24, is an adjustable-angle writing platform designed for use by children and adults with neurological and physical disabilities. Intended to improve posture while reading and writing, the Slant Board can be used on any flat surface and adjusts to 10 angles that range between 10 and 80 degrees for personalized comfort. It is handcrafted from durable hardwood ply with a low-contrast, non-glare, clear lacquer finish. The Adjustable Writing Slope is eq
APHont is a low vision font designed for use by readers with low vision. It embodies characteristics that have been shown to enhance reading speed, comprehension, and comfort for large print users. The APHont Suite consists of Regular, Bold, Italic, and Italic Bold fonts. Features include more even spacing between letters; higher crossbars; no serifs; wider letters; heavier letters; underslung "j" and "q"; more open letters; and larger punctuation marks.
Designed to promote proper finger positioning during writing tasks, the round shape of the Butter Grip serves as a tactile cue for the fingers to grasp. Holding a pencil/pen with the fingertips below the grip provides support for the web space and finger muscles during writing and coloring activities. Created for both left- and right-handed individuals, the Butter Grip can be used with standard pencils, pens and most adaptive writing utensils. At a diameter of 1 inch, this grip is recommended fo
The ARK Tran-Quill Pen combines two of their patented adaptive utensil tools: the Bite-n-Chew Tips and Z-Vibe vibrating utensil handle to help improve writing skills. Vibration aids in focus and concentration. The vibrations of the tool are felt in the hand, but do not affect the actual writing.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows those who have limited upper extremity issues perform fine motor tasks such as writing. A halved PVC pipe, foam, bolts and nuts as well as adhesive fashion the arm glider. COMMENTS: The Arm Glider provides upper extremity support to the user.
SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking.
AUTHOR: The Assistive Technology Department at The Center for Discovery, Inc.
TITLE: Arm glider upper extremity support.
REF: Instructables.com; http://www.instructables.com/id
The Arthritis Daily Helper Kit, model 557183), combine products designed for use by individuals with arthritis, fine motor or grasping disabilities or limited hand dexterity. Intended to assist arthritis sufferers with daily tasks, this kit features the following item: Dr. Grip Pen, Rubber Doorknob Extension, EZ Key Turner, Button Hook with Zipper Pull, and Shoe Buttons (see separate entries).
The Arthwriter Hand Aid, model F73514, is a grasping aid designed to provide grip assistance to individuals with hand or finger disabilities, particularly arthritis, missing fingers, or persons wearing hand casts. The device may be used to holds pencils, pens, razors, toothbrushes, or other utensils. The unit consists of a plastic ball with a 0.75-inch central hole. An enlarged thumbscrew on the side clamps the handle of the item inserted into the hole to secure it. DIMENSIONS: Ball is 3 inches
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable drawing table and felt tipped marker holder which can be controlled by an artist with no hand function using a mouthstick. The work station includes a commercial drawing table with a motor driven device to raise or lower the board, adjusted to allow control of the board angle; it uses magnets to hold paper onto the metal surface of the board; and a " lazy susan" device with holes in it to hold drawing implements, placed on a hospital style b
The Better Board Slant Board is a bookholder and table top writing desk designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or who have upper extremity. It is made of durable corrugated plastic, it has attached plastic clamps that hold paper well and includes non-slip feet to help it stay in place while in use. It has a 20-degree angle and can be used for reading, writing and copying. When not in use, this board folds to a thickness of 0.75 inch for stacking and storing. SIZES: Small and large.
Bipgrip Pencil Grip makes any standard pen, pencil or crayon easier to hold by reducing the required gripping power. It is an especially helpful writing aid for those with arthritis. It works for left and right handed users and is good for all ages. The BipGrip makes any standard pen, pencil or crayon easier to hold by reducing the required gripping power.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prevents paper from moving while writing. Plywood board with two metal strips with an attached spring to serve as clips to hold the paper in position. A wooden guard is mounted horizontally to prevent the child's hand from striking the spring mechanism. Diagram included. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking, Assembly. AUTHOR: Bureau of Handicapped Children, Dir of Pupil Personnel Services TITLE: Teaching Aids for Children with Cerebral Palsy. REF: Book: State
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a prosthetic device that allows children who have no fingers write with a pen or pencil. A team of girl scouts from Iowa, ages 11 through 13, came up with a design that assisted a 3-year-old girl born without fingers on her right hand to write. The device, called BOB-1, is a platform strapped to an arm with a cylindrical holder that can be used to hold a pen, pencil, or similar tool. With the device attached to her hand, the three-year-o
The Braille Sense U2 QWERTY, model H432Q, is a Braille and electronic notetaker and word processor designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This compact, portable notetaker has a 9-key Perkins-style Braille keyboard, a QWERTY (alphabetic) keyboard, a 32-cell braille display, and an optional LCD display. It provides the functionality of a laptop computer, including WiFi, chat, document processing, DAISY playback, GPS, YouTube, Excel, and DropBox. It can perform up to sev
Clicker Docs is a word prediction program, writing skills training program, and a reading, spelling and vocabulary tutorial program designed for individuals at all ability levels, including children with learning disabilities, dyslexia, low vision, or cognitive disabilities. This application (or app) for the Apple iPad enables students to develop reading and writing skills. Students can use the child-friendly keyboard to type into the word processor and various speech options allow them to revie
The Disk Drive for Notetaker is a disk accessory designed to enable users of Freedom Scientific braille and electronic notetakers (Braille 'N Speak, Type 'N Speak, Braille Lite, or Type Lite; see separate entries) to save any file from a notetaker to a standard diskette. The diskettes are formatted in standard PC-compatible format and are readable by any IBM or compatible computer. The diskettes can be used for data storage or sharing or to serve as a backup of file memory for the notetaker. Thi
The Faber-Castell GRIP 2001 Eraser is an easy grasp eraser designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Shaped like a pencil with a triangular barrel, this eraser has soft dots to aid in finger positioning and grip. This eraser works with standard and colored pencils.
Faber-Castell GRIP Erasers are easy grasp erasers designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. The set of three erasers includes one round, one oval, and one triangular, each of which are designed to be easy to hold. This eraser works with standard and colored pencils.
The Fabian Writing/Reading Aid, model H73500, is an overhead bookholder and writing board designed to allow individuals confined to a bed in a supine position to read and write. The unit consists of a vertical support bar which attaches to the headboard of the bed with padded clamps (included), or to the wall with screws. The overhead fixture swings horizontally to any desired position, and supports the easel which adjusts to a wide range of angles. The metal parts are chrome-plated steel, and t
Fidget Pencils are available in packs of four, and each of the four pencils has a different "fidget" near the eraserhead of the pencil that can be transferred to other pencils. Stay alert by fidgeting with the wing nut, the nut and bolt and two other fidgets. OPTIONS: Pack options: 4 or 24 pack. SIZES: Once size. DIMENSIONS: 9 inches length x 3 inches width x 0.6 inches depth.
WEIGHT: 1.6 ounces. COLOR: Variety. WARRANTY/GUARANTEE: As stated by the manufacturer.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Finger splint made of molded plastic to position fingers in an optimal three point pinch for writing. Describes constructing a loop splint made of 18 inches of 1/2 inch plastic which can be molded when warmed in hot water. Designed to be less bulky than a regular splint. Must be made to fit each individual. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: Designed by Dorie Milner, OTR, Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 400 E 34th Street, New York 10016. SKILLS REQUIRE
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to stabilize the hands of someone with uncontrolled motions, to permit use of a keyboard. Describes device made of clear plexiglass with padded holes for the hands to fit through. The plexiglass is in a channel and can slide back and forth so the person can reach the whole keyboard, which is mounted on a tilt for maximum visibility. The keys are struck with pencils held in each hand, held on with elastic straps. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED
Fluffy palm weights for children and adults who experience excessive finger fidgeting. Fluffy palm weights securely fasten with Velcro and fits right into the palm of a child's hand providing stable proprioceptive input. Kids can then relax their fidgety fingers with this not-so-visible fidget as the calming pressure eliminates the need to fidget. Teens and adults can also use the palm weight with a pen or pencil and have proper input to write correctly.
The Good Use Microdesk is a writing board designed for use by individuals with physical or neurological disabilities. This device enables access to a computer keyboard while working with papers or books. It improves posture and is helpful for people with poor posture, neck or back pain, or heavy paper demands associated with simultaneous computer work. The transparent acrylic surface enables the user to see the keyboard while providing support for the
forearms. Suitable for right- or left-hande
The Handi-Writer is a writing aid designed for use with children limited hand strength or inappropriate grasping patterns. This device loops over the wrist and over the writing implement to encourage the hand to form the tripod grip. Instructions are included.
The Hold It is an adjustable bookholder, notebook/laptop computer support, and writing board designed for use by individuals with upper extremity or mobility disabilities or arthritis. Infinitely adjustable, the unit enables hands-free reading while sitting in a chair or lying in bed. It can also be used ad a writing board or stand or computer support while sitting, lying down, or standing. Made from high-quality lightweight aluminum, steel, and durable plastics, the unit accomodates almost any
The Horizontal Stylus is a homemade stylus designed for individuals with ataxia or any disability that affects the upper extremities and makes it difficult to write so that the person may be able to adequately hold a pen or pencil.
Icon is a personal digital assistant (PDA) and voice output electronic organizer designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. Used by itself, this device is a portable electronic organizer and digital talking book player. Used in conjunction with the optional docking station, it is a notetaker and Internet access device. Pre-installed software applications include a calendar, address book, Web browser, e-mail, word processor, music player, podcast player / recorder, voice re
inku is designed for use by individuals with dyslexia or for students and professionals who benefit from assistance preparing messages, notes or documents on the iPhone or iPad. The app allows a person to type a message using word and phrase prediction, which learns their pattern of use, making writing even faster. The integrated iOS voice lets the user hear the word prediction suggestions before selecting and sharing your messages with others.
iReadWrite is a support app that helps struggling readers and writers of all ages read and write, especially those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or other learning difficulties. This app, which runs on an iPad, does not require Wi-Fi or 3G access. iReadWrite offers Text-to-speech; Phonetic Spell Checker; Homophone and Confusable Word Checker; Word Prediction; Dictionary; Picture Dictionary; customizable background, text colors and fonts; and a choice of voices. With the iReadWrite, users can import
iWriteWords is a math tutorial program and a writing skills training program designed for use by parents or teachers working with children with learning, upper extremity or fine motor disabilities or autism. This application (or app) allows a parent or teacher to use an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to teach a child handwriting while playing a game. The child collects the numbers in sequence by dragging with his or her fingers and drawing the letter at the same time. A drawing featuring the c
iWriteWords Lite is a math tutorial program and a writing skills training program designed for use by parents or teachers working with children with learning, upper extremity or fine motor disabilities or autism. This application (or app) allows a parent or teacher to use an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to teach a child handwriting while playing a game. The child collects the numbers in sequence by dragging with his or her fingers and drawing the letter at the same time. A drawing featuring
LetterSchool is a math tutorial program and a writing skills training program designed for use by parents or teachers working with children with learning, upper extremity or fine motor disabilities or autism. This application (or app) allows a parent or teacher to use an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to teach a child handwriting while playing a game. The child will learn about writing, counting and phonics of letters and numbers. LetterSchool allows the child to practice these skills as he or
The Echo smartpen from Livescribe records everything a user hears, says and writes, while linking audio recordings to notes. All recordings can be found within the simplistic interface. The device features a replaceable ink tip and a rechargeable lithium battery.
Maestro is a voice output personal digital assistant (PDA) designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This is an HP iPAQ Pocket PC made accessible by means of a text-to-speech application and a tactile keyboard membrane over the PDA touch screen. Functions include a calendar, contact list, notetaking, and access to text files. Notes can be taken directly using the tactile keyboard or an external wireless braille or alphabetic keyboard. Files can be transferred to and from
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to stabilize writing material for a person with use of one hand only. Briefly describes steel and wood writing surface with magnetized strips to hold papers in place and a raised lip to hold pencils. Originally designed for use by hemiplegic workshop employee. COMMENTS: For more information contact: United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, 122 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10020. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Greco, M TITLE: Problem Solv
The Modu-Tray is a lapboard with bookholder designed to act as a tray or writing board for wheelchair users. Interchangeable inserts allow the user to have an adjustable easle for computer keyboard, reading, games, or a communication board, or a microwavable, dishwasher-safe fixed bowl that will not tip. The tray is made of a see-through Lexan plastic and features a cutout. It may be modified to fit standing tables, bolster chairs, and hospital bed tables. When fitted to a wheelchair, the tray i
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with grasping or fine motor disabilities to print his/her name or participate in a sponge painting activity. Attach foam or rubber letters to a Duramitt glove. These gloves are marketed by Playtex, Inc., and come in two styles. One type of Duramitt has a sponge covering on the palm portion of the mitt, and the other style has the tough scrubbing nylon covering on the palm portion. With either mitt it is possible to attach pieces of Velc
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities to position papers and write independently. To make this board, cut a 9 x 12 inch rectangle from the fiberboard or plastic, wood, plexiglass, or any non-bendable flat smooth surface material. Glue the rubberized shelf paper or rubber feet to one side of board, creating a non slip surface for the underside of the board. Attach a sturdy bag clip by gluing to the top side of board. VARIATIONS: Use a fiberb
PAC Mate TNS is a personal digital assistant (PDA) designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This Pocket PC device has an alphabetic keyboard and utilizes JAWS for Windows (see separate entry) for speech output. The alphabetic keyboard uses standard JAWS commands. The device provides access to everyday Windows-based desktop data and software applications, and can run Pocket PC versions of popular software programs to manage information internally or sync up and share data
Pacific Writing PenAgain Ergo Sof Grip Pen is designed for use by individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, Parkinson's disease. It eliminates the need to grip the pen allowing the thumb and forefinger to serve merely as guides. The “Y” formation can assist in relaxing the user's hand while guiding it, to reduces hand fatigue.
Perkins Aluminum Signature Guide is a product designed for the blind and ensures proper signature placement on checks, contracts, etc. Place this guide on the signature line on paper or in the signature box on documents such as checks or contracts and forms, etc.
PointScribe is a writing skills training program designed for use by individuals with learning, upper extremity or fine motor disabilities. This software enables children to trace letters, numbers and shapes on a touch screen using a stylus to learn basic handwriting skills. PointScribe has a preloaded library of block upper case and lower case letters, numbers and shapes, and it is possible to create new shapes to add to the library. It incorporates interactive animation, colors, music and oth
Checks printed with raised lines on regulation checkbook paper and interleaved with braille paper for stub record keeping. Entire booklet is bound in perfect binding, and checks are perforated for easy detachment. Each booklet contains 50 checks and stubs. For educational purposes.
The Sit-Stand Podium Slant Board is a writing board designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and other physical disabilities. This triple-decker writing platform raises for sitting, standing, or higher-seated work. Twelve adjustment angles promote better posture and enhance comfort when reading and writing. Crafted from durable hardwood ply, the unit has a non-glare, low-contrast polyurethane finish. A strong bottom ledge can hold heavy books and is tapered on the sides so as not to
The Slant Board, model 8A and model 8B, are adjustable book holders and writing boards designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. These adjustable boards are made of oak wood with non-glare surfaces. They feature easy- to- clean plastic covers to hold down paper and other material, and rims with pencil edges. OPTIONS: Attachment arms, mirror, vertical and horizontal positioning cones, hand/wrist strap, and knob and washer set (sold separately).DIMENSIONS (DxW): Model 8A
The Slant Board, model 3200, is a writing board designed for use by children with upper extremity disabilities. This raised, wedge-shaped surface assists with handwriting training by encouraging proper wrist positioning and better functional postural position. The unit is equipped with a large clip to secure paper (paper not included) and a chain with a clip to hold the pencil (pencil not included). An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) with a suggested activities list is included.
The Slip-on Writing Aid is a writing aid that holds a standard pen or pencil in the proper position for writing for people with hand or finger disabilities. The device consists of a loop that slips over the hand and is attached with a wing nut to an extension which parallels the index finger. The extension ends in a loop for holding the pen. The angle of the writing instrument may be adjusted by adjusting the wing nut. Models are available for the right or left hand.
SmartEdPad is a dedicated intervention tool designed for use by school based therapists and special educators working with students in K-12 grades. It is designed to provide intervention and assist in managing therapy and teaching workloads in more efficient and effective ways. SmartEdPad can be used at school, in clinics, or at home. The activities align with common core standard. The SmartEdPad has over 15 categories such as language articulation, phonics, writing, motor skills, AAC, entert
Spring-Grip Cylindrical Handle for Pointer & Drawing Implements is a molded thermoplastic adaptive handle with a spring operated “gripper” which allows easy “click-in” and “click-out” mounting of dowel pointers, colored pencils, paintbrushes and other narrow ended tools.
With the Sypro Gyro Pen, create three different shapes (squares, circles and triangles) in a seamless transition from small to big and back again. The harder one pushes down on the stylus, the smaller the shapes. Release the pressure and the shapes get bigger. The product is able to help those in need of sensory integration. Clear viewing window allows a user to see moving gear action.
SymWord is a talking word processor designed for use by early learning and older individuals with literacy deficiencies, including comprehension skills and for use by teachers & parents who can also create their own on-screen activities and quizzes to engage and challenge students as well as reinforce vocabulary and create spelling lists. Powerful word & symbol prediction converts words into symbols, and symbols into words. On Screen Grids and audio read-back assists in and reinforces re
The Jumbo Grip is a large pencil grip designed to provide extended comfort and support up to the second knuckle. The grip accommodates both right- and left-handed individuals and encourages a natural pencil grasp. The grip was designed by doctors to relieve hand pain for all ages on pens and pencils.
The Writing CLAW is designed to teach young children how to hold their pencils correctly. Its patent pending design features three sleeves that guide the pointer finger, middle finger, and thumb into the correct tripod grip. As a result, students can focus on good handwriting rather than the mechanics of holding the pencil. The CLAW is used in school settings and pediatric clinics and is often used to help children who have Autism, ADHD, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, or gene
The Thomas Steady Arm is an arm support for feeding and a writing aid designed for use by children or adults with disabilities causing arm and hand tremors. This unit eliminates and/or significantly controls tremors by supporting graduated vertical, horizontal, and circular movements. The unit mounts to any table top (other than glass) or to a wheelchair. The user's arm is placed in a trough-style arm holder and secured with straps, and the unit's three tension adjusters are set to counter tremo
Tiresias Fonts are low vision fonts designed for use by individuals with low vision. These fonts are in Windows and Macintosh TrueType Format, and include Screenfont, PCfont, Infofont, Signfont, and LPfont (each font sold separately). Designs are based on a study of the key factors that affect legibility, including character shapes, relative thickness of the character shapes, inter-character spacing, and aspect ratios that affect the maximum size at which a font can be used. Screenfont is for u
The Type & Write is a notebook/laptop computer support designed for use by individuals with neck or back pain. This laptop support also serves as a writing stand. Made of hand-finished lightweight cottonwood and equipped with non-scratch rubber feet, this stand folds flat when not in use.
Voice Dream is an accessible communication and reading application designed for those with hearing impairments and/or communication disabilities. With text-to-speech features and a configurable screen layout, the app can be tailored to suit mulitiple reading styles from completely auditory to completely visual, plus synchronized combination of both.
VoiceNote QT is an electronic notetaker designed for use by persons who are blind or have low vision. Input is made through a standard alphabetic (QWERTY) computer keyboard while output is delivered through synthetic speech. This notetaker has a Windows CE operating system and a program suite that includes a word processor that can read and write files in Microsoft Word format; a planner with a calendar, scheduler, and diary with audible alarms; an address list manager; an e-mail program with PO
The Wrist Hold-Down, model 5395, is designed to stabilize the user's wrist and hand to prevent excessive movement while writing. The system includes a metal plate with a painted surface, and three plastic cups that are attached to the user's wrist on a wristband with Velcro closures. The user selects the cup that provides the amount of friction desired when writing. Magnetic power is 35 pounds. DIMENSIONS: Metal plate is 12 x 18 inches.
WriteOnline is a voice output word processor program, word prediction program and on-screen keyboard program designed for individuals at all ability levels, including people with learning disabilities, dyslexia, low vision, or cognitive disabilities. It has a wide range of accessibility options for users who cannot use a mouse or keyboard, including individuals with upper extremity disabilities or spinal cord injury. The user can install the program from CD or access the program over the Interne
The “shark-like” Write Right pencil grip is designed for use by children with Down’s syndrome, low muscle tone, and stroke who are working on developing a mature and efficient dynamic tripod grasp for writing. Children learn to develop an efficient grasping pattern as they, “pinch the eyes, cover the mouth and wrap your fingers around the tail.” These design features act as visual cues to aid in proper finger placement. Other unique design features include, the firm, slightly rough outer surfac
The Writing Bird is a pen or pencil holder designed for persons with limited hand coordination or dexterity, arthritis, neurological disabilities, and weak thumb to fingertip pinch. This writing aid requires using an arm to shoulder motion rather than wrist movement with the fingers in any position, and is used by sliding the unit over the paper. The device comes with a retractable pen held in place at the top of the unit. The device may benefit individuals who need to learn to write with the no
The writing C.L.A.W. is a writing tool designed to teach individuals how to write properly, encourages proper muscle placement and aids those with dexterity issues. Provides comfort and fits left or right hand. To use, simply slide a writing instrument into center circle. Place thumb into largest opening, followed by forefinger and middle finger. The writing instrument rests in the proper tripod position. Fits pens, pencils, crayons and markers. Recommended by occupational therapists and teacher
Writing rascal is a new character-face writing tool that facilitates a proper grasp with molded finger indentations that naturally promote a functional tripod grasp, with three different grasping positions. Made of soft, rubbery material. Intended for use by children ages 5 and up who are learning hand-writing. Comes in right and left hand options.
Zaner Bloser Utensils are easy grasp pens and pencils designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. This pen and pencil (sold separately) have built-up barrel shafts with ridges surfaces for an easier, less fatiguing grasp. The pencil is slightly weighted. OPTIONS: A set of 36 pencil refils and a pen refill are available. COLOR: The ink is blue.
The Zebra New Hard BN-5200 is an assistive device designed for the elderly or people who have limited dexterity to help them hold a ballpoint pen. This device can be used by anyone who has difficulty holding a pen. This device is made through 3D printing.