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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Paper Pick Up                                         Homemade Cutting Board 

Rope & Hook                                                 A Clever Pick Up Tool

Simple Door Closer                                                    Bread Board

Improving Grip                                                  Controlling A Book   Stops                                                                           The Strap

Loop Handles                                                                 Lap Tray

Long Handled Tool Control                          Molding Splint Material

Wooden Handles                                             Position of Function

Sitting Up in Bed                                        Picking Up Larger Objects

Lap Desk                                                                           The Shaft

Necessities                                                                      The Loop

Electrobond: It's Really Simple                  Using Your Body's Heat

Controlling A Bottle                          Emergency Information Sheet 

 

                                      WHEELCHAIR RELATED

Raising Wheelchair Legs                        Making a Hoyer Lift Portable

Wheelchair Bracket                                                  Independence

Extreme 4x4                                                              Extreme X8

Wheelchair Arms                                               Andy's Chair Mount

Monopod                                             Universal Chair Mount Plans

Bracket "Attachment"                                 Swing Way Cup Holder

Lawn Mower Attachment                                  Matt's Chair Mount

Trailer Hitch                                                       Wheelchair Table

Changing the Seat Pan                                  Adapting the Adaption

Tool Kit                                            *Flex-Cam Arm For Wheelchair

 

                                            SPECIALIZED

USB/Memory Card Tool                            Making Adaptive Equipment

Making Adaptive Equipment 2                           Modifying Typing Aid

Warmth and Technology                                        Adult Booster Seat

Handi Hints 1                                                                      Lap Tray

Handi Hints 2                                                    Free Virtual Keyboard

Balabola - Text to Speech                                                Quad Mitts

Lacrosse Stick                                                                  Loc-Line

PVC  Another Useful Product                                       Fun Projects

Handi Ideas from Others                                                Handi Apps                                   

             

                                                  HUNTING

Mounting Treepod on Manual Chair                               Concealment

Another DeadShot TreePod Mount                         DeadShot ChairPod

Poor Man's Trigger Adapter (PMTA)                   Hunter's Gun Cradle

A Deadshot Treepod to an ATV                           Bog Gear Gun Mount

Deadshot Treepod Wheelchair Gun Mount                Trigger Adapter

More Deadshot Treepod Options                                  Trigger Assist

Matt's Chair Mount                                          Chairbound Sportsman

Deadshot Treepod on Extreme X8                    Andy's Trigger Adapter

Wheelchair Hunting In Northern NY            Another Trigger Adapter

An Even Simpler Trigger Adapter          Additional Gun Modifications

Wheelchair Hunting In Northern NY                                 A4 Trigger

Andy's Manual Chair Mount           Taking Turkeys From A Wheelchair

Quadriplegic Wing Shooting*

             

GARDENING                                                            FISHING

Raised Garden Boxes                            Fishing Reel Crank Adaption

Garden Box Plans                                            Fishing Pole Holder

Garden Box Floor                                       A Better Crank Adaption

Inexpensive Pavement                   Fishing Set Up for Manual Chair

Some Gardening Ideas                           Simple Fishing Pole Holder    Garden Box Update                          Inexpensive Pocket Fisherman

                                                               Andy's Fishing Pole Holder

                                                          Ice Fishing In A Wheelchair

                                                                    Simple Casting Adaption

KAYAKING                                           Ice Fishing In A Wheelchair

Kayaking                                                  Simple Casting Adaption

Kayaking Safety Update                        * Andy's Locking Pole Holder

Kayaking Update 2016 *

             

INFORMATIONAL                                        INSPIRATIONAL

Winter In a Wheelchair                             * Personal Story - Stacy

Summer In A Wheelchair                                Personal Story - Andy  Shore Break Warning                                    Personal Story - Maia

Off Road In A Wheelchair                                                    Videos

History of Handihelp                                                         

Information For Disabled                                      IN MEMORIUM

Camera Fun                                                      A Tribute to Daniel

 

 

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