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Tips for the disabled artist. Easy adaptations and variations on standard studio equipment that can help overcome the challenges.
ARTIST'S MAGAZINE Jun 1994 (v.11#6) pg. 2A

Making the sky accessible. Tips on assisting people with disabilities (and everyone else) to participate in the hobby of astronomy.
ASTRONOMY Apr 1991 (v.19#4) pg. 12

Criteria for barrier-free rooms for the disabled and wheelchair-bound.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Mar 1979 (v.57#3) pg. 32

Photos show a barrier-free home that was remodeled to provide wheelchair access.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Sep 1988 (v.66#9) pg. 32

Handi-writer. A video note pad for the physically handicapped. Special interface for the TRS-80 computer allows a handicapped person to write messages on a video screen.
BYTE Dec 1981 (v.6#12) pg. 474

An Apple talks with the deaf. How to interface a 60-milliampere acoustic coupler to an Apple computer. This will allow communication between the Apple and a TTY (teletypewriter) used by a deaf person.
BYTE Jan 1982 (v.7#1) pg. 366

Computers and the disabled. A special issue looks at how computers can aid the deaf, blind, etc.
BYTE Sep 1982 (v.7#9) pg. 4

FDA regulation of computerized medical devices. What designers of medically related hardware and software should know.
BYTE Sep 1982 (v.7#9) pg. 204

Braille writing in Pascal. How to make a line printer write in braille. Includes the program to convert standard English into standard Form I braille.
BYTE Sep 1982 (v.7#9) pg. 250

Adaptive-firmware card for the Apple II. Alternative input techniques give physically disabled individuals immediate access to standard, unmodified software (such as games, Visicalc, Easywriter, etc.).
BYTE Sep 1982 (v.7#9) pg. 276

A barrier-free environment. Tips on renovating with a disabled person in mind.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1989 (v.12#6) pg. 52

Wooden handle designed to fit over small or hard-to-grip faucet knobs provides extra leverage for elderly or arthritic hands.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1995 (v.18#4) pg. 6

Frequency control readout device allows a blind ham operator to determine the frequency via three mechanical pointers.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Oct 1984 (v.40#10) pg. 42
Added Info CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Dec 1984 (v.40#12) pg. 8

Crafts for the disabled. Beginning of a series on crafts for the disabled and those who work with them. Includes instructions for making a Moppet (a yarn pom-pom animal).
CREATIVE CRAFTS #70 Aug 1979 (v.6#10) pg. 32

Crafts for the disabled. How to deal with problems of physical limitations such as arthritis and memory or concentration difficulties.
CREATIVE CRAFTS #71 Oct 1979 (v.6#11) pg. 2

TV audio hearing wonder. A simple amplifier circuit helps the hard-of-hearing enjoy television.
ELECTRONICS NOW Oct 1999 (v.70#10) pg. 75

Tip on increasing the size of a light socket's rotary switch by gluing on a pill-bottle cap.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #403 Nov 1999 (v.49#10) pg. 74

Accessible kitchen remodel. Kitchen ideas for disabled persons.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #35 Oct-Nov 1986 pg. 43

A barrier-free house. Accommodating a wheelchair calls for careful planning inside and out. Includes ideas for making every house more accessible.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #53 Apr-May 1989 pg. 67
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #55 Aug-Sep 1989 pg. 8

Opening kitchens to everyone. Careful layout and varied counter heights make kitchens more accessible to people with different physical conditions.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #99 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 80
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #100 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 10

Designing furniture for the disabled. Some tips.
FINE WOODWORKING #60 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 116
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #62 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 6

Gardening for the disabled. Two articles describe strategies that ease access. (1) A spiral garden design. (2) General suggestions on matching the design to the gardener's capacities.
FLOWER & GARDEN Dec 1993-Jan 1994 (v.37#6) pg. 38

Designing a garden without barriers. How to change landscaping to reduce maintenance and overcome barriers to age and physical limitations.
FLOWER & GARDEN Jan-Feb 1997 (v.41#1) pg. 8

House retrofits that make it easier for the handicapped. Some of the best ideas in use today are viewed.
HOME MECHANIX #683 Mar 1985 (v.81) pg. 90

Universal kitchens and baths. Tips and specifications for creating accessibility for the physically handicapped and the infirm. How to create space that meets the needs of the least able user.
HOME MECHANIX #781 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 (v.89) pg. 66

Making a toilet more accessible. Raising a low-slung toilet to standard height will benefit an older or infirm person.
HOME MECHANIX #790 Nov 1994 (v.90) pg. 84

Homes that help. Designs that give disabled people mobility and independence. Design ideas and dimensions for accessible entries, kitchens, and bathrooms.
HOMEOWNER Oct 1988 (v.13#8) pg. 44

Tip: Drawing of a set-up that allows a person with crippled hands to facet with even pressure.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #558 Apr 1984 pg. 37

Microcomputer hardware for the handicapped. Single-key data entry concept is demonstrated using a PET computer.

Use a joystick or switches to program a PET computer. May be applicable to persons with physical handicaps.
KILOBAUD MICROCOMPUTING #59 Nov 1981 (v.5#11) pg. 66

Mass production of the Sisson Sled kite, a variation of the ubiquitous workshop kite. Description of a technique whereby handicapped school children can easily build their own kite from an 18"x24" plastic bag.
KITE LINES Summer-Fall 1987 (v.6#4) pg. 34

How to organize a "touch" display of rocks and minerals for the blind and handicapped.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1981 (v.34#12) pg. 2638

Almost anyone can facet. How to adapt faceting machines for use by handicapped persons.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1983 (v.37#7) pg. 1072

Learn to transcribe into braille using a VIC-20 computer and a simple seven-switch keypad.
MICROCOMPUTING #83 Nov 1983 (v.7#11) pg. 50

What handicap? Advice on teaching a deaf person to fly radio-control model aircraft.
MODEL AVIATION Jan 1996 (v.22#1) pg. 36

A light minder for the blind. Simple project detects ambient lighting and audibly signals whether it is on or off. Helps locate direction of light source and can signal light intensities with tones of different frequencies.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Jan 1989 (v.6#1) pg. 60

Tips on learning and using American Sign Language.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #83 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 70

Lowering old barriers. Sensitive changes that can improve home accessibility for disabled persons.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1995 (v.23#3) pg. 42

Suggestions on adapting a garden and gardening techniques for a disabled person.
ORGANIC GARDENING Aug 1986 (v.33#8) pg. 60

Liquid level indicator for the blind. A continuity checker rigged up with a liqid-sensing probe will give an audible signal when a cup, pan, etc. is full.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] May 1967 (v.26#5) pg. 59

Electronic aids for the handicapped. (1) Light probe for the blind. (2) Color detection circuit for urinalysis. (3) Hearing aid repairs and substitutes.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Apr 1981 (v.19#4) pg. 83

A simple liquid-level indicator for the blind.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Apr 1981 (v.19#4) pg. 96

Electronic circuit will sound an audible alarm and flash a light when it detects the crying of a baby. Useful for a deaf parent.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Oct 1981 (v.19#10) pg. 98

Full-cup detector circuit will tell a blind person when a coffee cup is full.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Mar 1990 (v.7#3) pg. 24

Electronic aids for the blind. (1) Liquid-level indicator for a cup or glass. (2) Light probe turns light into sound.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jan 1991 (v.8#1) pg. 27

Light detector circuit is designed to help visually-impaired persons pinpoint light sources.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Feb 1993 (v.10#2) pg. 72

Build the Pathfinder, a navigational aid for the visually impaired. An easy-to-build, light-sensing circuit that can be used to sweep an area to locate the direction of light sources. Useful for finding windows and doors.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Oct 1995 (v.12#10) pg. 50

How to modify an AC-powered alarm clock to flash an external lamp in sequence with the pulsating alarm. Ideal for someone with a hearing disability.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Oct 1998 (v.15#10) pg. 56

A home for life. Start planning today for the home you'll want in later years. Planning for wheelchair access, low maintenance, ease of movement, etc.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1987 (v.2#6) pg. 35

Electronic voice substitute. Amplify a weak voice or whisper up to 1000 times. Use for fun or as a genuine aid for someone unable to talk at normal volume.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS May 1981 (v.52#5) pg. 84

Flashing-light doorbell circuit is designed to attract the attention of a deaf person.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Sep 1982 (v.53#9) pg. 74

Closed-caption decoder for the hearing impaired. Est. cost: $150. Part 1. Circuit description.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Nov 1986 (v.57#11) pg. 41

Closed-caption decoder. Part 2. Construction.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Dec 1986 (v.57#12) pg. 61, 73

Ideas from a vision-impaired amateur astronomer who uses a CCD camera, computer and a 10" reflector to continue observing deep-space objects.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1995 (v.89#6) pg. 91

Hand control system for an aircraft replaces rudder pedals. This conversion for a light plane allows a handicapped pilot to fly the aircraft.
SPORT AVIATION Jun 1988 (v.37#6) pg. 34
Added Info SPORT AVIATION Sep 1988 (v.37#9) pg. 4

Remodeling ideas to make it more convenient for a person in a wheelchair to work in a kitchen, get around the house, reach necessities, etc.
SUNSET Nov 1982 (v.169#5) pg. 106

Suggestions on sewing techniques that make it easier for a seamstress with arthritis. Suggests features to look for when selecting patterns that makes clothes easy to get into and out of. Covers tool selection, workspace, fabric selection, use of fusibles, and fasteners.
THREADS #20 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 40

Hand and machine sewing tips for a person with vision problems.
THREADS #58 Apr-May 1995 pg. 8
Added Info THREADS #60 Aug-Sep 1995 pg. 12
Added Info THREADS #66 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 14

A look at how an experienced weaver can continue when vision is impaired. A suggestion on tools and adaptive modifications that help discern pattern or design placement.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #44 Spring 1987 (v.11#4) pg. 59

Auxiliary handles for power tools make them easier to handle by arthritic woodworker.
WOOD MAGAZINE #61 Jun 1993 (v.10#4) pg. 13

Alligator clip replaces apron ties to make fastening easier for a person with arthritis.
WOOD MAGAZINE #97 Jun 1997 (v.14#4) pg. 18

Ideas for toys to make for handicapped children.
WOODWORKER #1028 Jul 1979 (v.83) pg. 386 (+4)

Guiding hands. Woodwork for disabled children. Includes tips on adapting tools, project ideas, etc.
WOODWORKER #1110 May 1986 (v.90#5) pg. 427

Gadget for holding lathe tools with one hand is ideally suited for a handicapped woodworker.
WOODWORKER Dec 1989 (v.93#12) pg. 1165

Tip on using a small hydraulic jack to set the cutting depth of a router mounted in a router table. Very useful for woodworkers with only one hand.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1994 (v.18#6) pg. 71

Home modifications which can make living easier for handicapped people.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1984 (v.40#2) pg. 16

Woodworking techniques and projects for children with learning difficulties.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1986 (v.42#3) pg. 40

Accessible workshops. Tool and workshop ideas for handicapped persons. Ideas include movable bench-top tool tables, roll-around workbench, wheelchair-accessible designs, etc.
WORKBENCH Apr-May 1993 (v.49#2) pg. 88

Accessible workshops. Tool and workshop ideas for handicapped persons. Ideas include locking movable clamping table or workbench, arm extensions for reaching, homemade power tools, etc.
WORKBENCH Oct-Nov 1993 (v.49#5) pg. 48

Workshop ideas for a woodworker in a wheelchair. (1) Rotating circular tool stand (7-ft. diameter) stops at 8 different tool positions. (2) A ferris wheel style tool storage unit (48" diameter).
WORKBENCH Feb-Mar 1994 (v.50#1) pg. 38