Purpose:

Handihelp.net is a website that contains simple ideas and tools that are either inexpensive to purchase or cost little to make. Hopefully, these suggestions will help physically challenged individuals overcome some of the frustrations they face daily.

 

After my initial injury I was amazed by the cost of products and adaptive equipment that were made specifically for persons with disabilities.  Some of the same equipment can be found available on non-handicap websites and in catalogs at a much more reasonable price. In many local communities there are skilled individuals more than willing to help you create something you need or might find useful. I have designed several pieces of adaptive equipment and have been either able to make them myself or find someone else willing to make them at a fair price.  No doubt many of you out there have done the same thing, and I invite you to share your ideas with others on this website.  It makes little sense to me to have more recently injured individuals have to “reinvent the wheel”.

 

Believing that something is possible is the first step in taking control of your situation. I would encourage each of you to face your challenges with an open mind and a positive attitude.  Allowing yourself to be sidelined by difficulties, frustration or failure is counter productive.  Failure provides an opportunity for growth.  I have found little in this new life comes without frustration, effort and sacrifice. Attitude is far more important than ability. We can accomplish many things that at first we believe we cannot do, with persistence, perseverance and trial and error. I am constantly thinking about new ways to do things, revisiting the tools and ideas I have already come up with to try and improve them or make them more multi-functional. For this reason I would encourage you to visit my website periodically to check on the areas that have been revised or updated. I will use an asterisk (*) to mark any of the pages that are new or have been updated recently.

 

"I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I will live my life.  I don't mean to be reckless, but setting a goal that seems a bit daunting actually is very helpful toward recovery."  Christopher Reeve

 

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Projects

EVERYDAY AIDS                                  FISHING

Paper Pick Up                                        Fishing Reel Crank Adaption 

Rope & Hook                                          Fishing Pole Holder

Simple Door Closer                                  A Better Crank Adaption   

Improving Grip                                        Casting Catch                        Stops                                                  Fishing Set Up for Manual Chair

Loop Handles                                        Simple Fishing Pole Holder

Long Handled Tool Control                      Inexpensive Pocket Fisherman   

Wooden Handles                                    Andy's Fishing Pole Holder       

Sitting Up in Bed                                *Ice Fishing In A Wheelchair

Lap Desk                                                                                            Necessities                                          SPECIALIZED

Electrobond: It's Really Simple                Making Adaptive Equipment

Controlling A Bottle                                Making Adaptive Equipment 2

The Shaft                                            Emergency Information Sheet    The Strap                                            Modifying Typing Aid                Portable Lift                                          Warmth and Technology

Bread Board                                          Handi Hints 1

Controlling A Book                                  Handi Hints 2

Homemade Cutting Board                          Adult Booster Seat                  Lap Tray                                                Balabola - Text to Speech

Molding Splint Material                              Quad Mitts                         

Position of Function                                Lacrosse Stick

Picking Up Larger Objects                        Free Virtual Keyboard

A Clever Pick Up Tool                             Handi Ideas from Others

The Loop                                               Loc-Line

Free Heat*                                        PVC  Another Useful Product

                                                          Handi Apps

GARDENING                                        Fun Projects

Raised Garden Boxes                                                                            Garden Box Plans                                      WHEELCHAIR RELATED

Garden Box Update                                    Andy's Chair Mount

Inexpensive Pavement                              Universal Chair Mount Plans

Some Gardening Ideas                               Wheelchair Bracket

                                                            Extreme 4x4

HUNTING                                                Wheelchair Arms

Andy's Manual Chair Mount                          Monopod                     Mounting Treepod on Manual Chair                Bracket "Attachment"            Another DeadShot TreePod Mount                Lawn Mower Attachment

A Deadshot Treepod to an ATV                    Trailer Hitch

Deadshot Treepod Wheelchair Gun Mount        Changing the Seat Pan        More Deadshot Treepod Options                    Tool Kit

DeadShot ChairPod                                    Adapting the Adaption          Hunter's Gun Cradle                                    Wheelchair Table         

Matt's Chair Mount                                      Independence

A-4 Trigger                                              Swing Way Cup Holder

Concealment                                                                                    Inexpensive Gun Mount                              KAKAKING

Poor Man's Trigger Adapter                          Kayaking

Andy's Trigger Adapter                                Kayaking Safety Update

An Even Simpler Trigger Adapter                                                      Trigger Adapter                                        INFORMATIONAL

Another Trigger Adapter                              Summer In A Wheelchair

Additional Gun Modifications                        Winter In a Wheelchair

Trigger Assist                                            History of Handihelp

Deadshot Treepod on Extreme X8                  Special Videos & Music

Wheelchair Hunting In Northern NY                Shore Break Warning

Taking Turkeys From A Wheelchair                Off Road In A Wheelchair                                     

IN MEMORIAM                                         

A Tribute to Daniel

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