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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 adpaptive 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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DESIGN IT YOURSELF - ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Everyday Aids                                    Fishing

Paper Pick Up                                        Fishing Pole Holder     

Rope & Hook                                          Fishing Reel Crank Adaption

Simple Door Closer                                  A Better Crank Adaption   

Grip-ability                                            Casting Catch                        Stops                                                  Fishing Set Up for Manual Chair

Loop Handles                                          Simple Fishing Pole Holder

Long Handled Tool Control                           

Wooden Handles                                    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                              *Portable Lift

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                         

Lap Desk                                                Lacrosse Stick

Sitting Up in Bed                                      Handi Ideas from Others

                                                          *Free Virtual Keyboard            Gardening                                                                                        Raised Garden Boxes                              Wheelchair Related

Garden Box Plans                                    Universal Chair Mount Plans

Inexpensive Pavement                            Independence                          Some Gardening Ideas                            Wheelchair Arms                      Garden Box Update                                Bracket "Attachment"

                                                          Andy's Chair Mount

Huntng                                                Changing the Seat Pan

DeadShot ChairPod                                Adapting the Adaption

Deadshot Treepod                                  The Extreme 4x4

Universal Chair Mount Plans                      Wheelchair Bracket

Andy's Chair Mount                                Trailer Hitch                          Inexpensive Gun Mount                            Wheelchair Table                    Poor Man's Trigger Adapter                        Lawn Mower Attachment

Andy's Trigger Adapter                              Monopod

An Even Simpler Trigger Adapter                Tool Kit

Trigger Adapter                                   

Another Trigger Adapter                          Kayaking                     

Additional Gun Modifications                    Kayaking

Concealment                                        Kayaking Safety Update            A-4 Trigger                                                                 

Matt's Chair Mount                                  Infomational

                                                        *Turkeys Fron A Wheelchair        In Memoriam                                      *Off Road In A Wheelchair

A Tribute To Daniel                                *Summer In A Wheelchair

                                                          *Winter In A Wheelchair                                                                        History of Handihelp                                                                                Special Videos & Music

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