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

 

This website has been selected to be part of Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) which is supported by the US Agency for International Development. In collaboration with the United States International Council on Disability the WiderNet Project’s GDRL brings a wealth of information to organizations that serve people with disabilities in developing countries but lack adequate Internet access. 

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Everyday Aids                                    Fishing

Paper Pick Up                                        Fishing Pole Holder     

Rope & Hook                                          Fishing Reel Crank Adaption

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                                           

Lap Desk                                                Specialized           

Necessities                                          Making Adaptive Equipment

Electrobond: It's Really Simple                  Handi Apps

Controlling A Bottle                                Fun Projects

The Shaft                                            Button Board                          Emergency Information Sheet                  The Strap                              Modifying Typing Aid                              Making a Lift Portable

Bread Board                                            Handi Hints 1

Controlling A Book                                    Handi Hints 2

Homemade Cutting Board                          Adult Booster Seat                  Lap Tray                                                Update Page

Molding Splint Material                              Quad Mitts                         

Position of Function*                                Lacrosse Stick

Picking Up Larger Objects*                      Free Virtual Keyboard

                                                              Handi Ideas from Others

Gardening                                                       

Raised Garden Boxes                                Wheelchair Related              Garden Box Plans                                      Universal Chair Mount Plans      Inexpensive Pavement                              Andy's Chair Mount

Some Gardening Ideas                               Monopod

Garden Box Update                                    Independence                                                                                          Wheelchair Arms                    Hunting                                                  Bracket "Attachment"

Mounting 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          Matt's Chair Mount                                    The Extreme 4x4                        A-4 Trigger                                              Wheelchair Bracket

Concealment                                            Lawn Mower Attachment     

Inexpensive Gun Mount                              Wheelchair Table                  Poor Man's Trigger Adapter                     

Andy's Trigger Adapter                                Kayaking                     

An Even Simpler Trigger Adapter                Kayaking

Trigger Adapter                                          Kayaking Safety Update      Another Trigger Adapter                                                                      Additional Gun Modifications                        Informational            

                                                              Turkey From A Wheelchair    Photo Albums                                        Off Road In A Wheelchair

Fishing on the St. Lawrence River                  Summer In A Wheelchair          Fort Drum Workshop                                    Winter In A Wheelchair

Gardening From A Wheelchair                        History of Handihelp

Making A Wheelchair Lift Portable                  Special Videos & Music                                                                                                                            In Memoriam

A Tribute to Daniel                                                                           

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