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Communication: all 99 tips and ideas

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Book in BookGem, attached to lower edge of book. Photo: www.bookgem.com'BookGem' Book Holder
A folding book holder that holds the book spread in different reading positions - suitable for people with disabilities
User holds his phone with help of the loopAdapted Iphone and Iphone holder on wheelchair
A simple way to be able to pick upp the phone and to attach it to the wheelchair - suitable for persons with impaired handfunction
User punches in a numberAdapted mobile phone
Adapted mobile phone – aids people with impaired hand function
Adapted mouseAdapted mouse
Simple modifications enable a person with impaired hand function to use a mouse with trackball
Helena controls the mouseAdapted mouse
Trackball mouse controlled with mouth and lips – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
Pen extension, screw mount, and brush next to itAdapted pen extension
Pen extension with screw mount used as mouth stick - suitable for people with extensive disabilities
Pen holder attached on wheelchairAdapted pen in penholder on wheelchair
Penholder for adapted pen on electrical wheelchair - suitable for persons with impaired handfunction
User writes with mouth penAdapted pen to be able to write with mouth
The mouthpiece on the pen makes it easier to write with the mouth - suitable for persons with extensive disabilities
Adapted phoneAdapted phone with storage
Voice-controlled portable telephone that works and is always accessible for a person who uses an electric wheelchair and has impaired hand function
User controls iPad with his mouthAdapted stick for iPhone and iPad
Customized touch pen makes it possible to control iPhone and iPad with the mouth
BabymonitorAlarm for people with disabilities
A baby monitor is a good assistive device for calling the assistant – suitable for persons with compromised arm and hand function
Wireless baby monitorAlarm to assistants when traveling
A radio-controlled power switch or wireless baby monitor can serve as an alarm to assistants staying in another hotel room
Echo dot. Picture from www.amazon.comAmazon Echo Dot
A voice controlled device used as an environmental control, to play music, to surf on the internet, and more
User with bed tray in armchairBed tray used as computer desk
Simple stylish bed tray that facilitates using a laptop while sitting in bed or in an armchair
User with Bluetooth headsetBluetooth headset for mobile phone
Bluetooth headset enables persons without function in arms or hands to use a mobile phone
Adjustable-angle wooden book standBook stand with adjustable angle
Book stand serves as a good holder for drawing paper/ canvas when painting by mouth
Joystick mounted on camera tripodCamera tripod as joystick holder for controlling computer
Camera tripod works well as a joystick holder for persons who control the joystick with their chin
Click button attached to edge of table in front of keyboardClick button for computer
External click button makes it easier for people with severe disabilities to operate a computer
Computer on laptop supportCombined laptop support/manuscript holder
Combined laptop support and manuscript holder provides ergonomic working position - suitable for persons with tetraplegia
Computer deskComputer desk
An adjustable height computer desk is suitable for wheelchair users
Computer workstation picture 1Computer workstation
Ergonomic computer workstation – suitable for persons with tetraplegia
Computer workstation with trackball mouse on holder attached to the tableComputer workstation
Individually adapted computer workstation – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
User sits at workstationComputer workstation at home with MouseTrapper
MouseTrapper facilitates computer work – suitable for persons who have or are at risk of having shoulder problems
User types on her computer at workComputer workstation at work
Ergonomic computer workstation - suitable for a person with a high spinal cord injury
Scanning keyboard next to the computer screenControl of computer with external keyboard
Scanning keyboard and head mouse – a method for persons who do not have hand/arm function to control the computer
User in front of computerControl of computer without arm/hand function
Custom modifications make it possible for persons without function in their arms and hands to play computer games
IR transmitterControl unit for environmental control system
Transmitter to control alarm and door opener.
IR transmitterControl unit for environmental control system
IR transmitter used to control automatic doors, lift, balcony door, speaker phone, garage and TV
User wearing headsetControlling computer with head mouse
Suspending a headset from the ceiling makes it easier for a person with impaired hand function to put it on
Computer with on-screen keyboard and keyboard control switch on Kalix braceControlling the computer with head mouse and external mouse click
Computer assistive device for people with impaired hand function who type with a head mouse and manage the mouse contact with an external control switch
User with reflector on nose and headset for sip/puff control in front of computerControlling the computer with WiVIK and head mouse
Using WiVIK and a head mouse a person without arm and hand function can type on the computer
Clothespin with reflector on the user's eyeglassesCustom modification to control computer with head mouse
The reflector that controls the head mouse is glued to a small clothes pin
User draws with special extensionCustom penholder for mouth painting
Flexible holder for pen/pencil/brush – suitable for people who draw/paint with their mouth
User types on keyboard using finger sleeveCustom-made finger sleeves
Writing sleeves facilitate computer use for people with reduced finger function and spasticity
User picks up the mobile phone’s plexiglas handle with thumbCustomized handle for mobile phone
Custom modification to phone for persons with impaired hand function
Night table with attachment on bedCustomized night table
An all-in-one night table with room for many functions that helps a person with a high injury to stay in touch with and have control over the rest of the world even when in bed
Wheelchair table on stand in low positionCustomized wheelchair table
Wheelchair table enables a person with impaired arm and hand function to eat, read and write
User presses Ctrl and Alt with the deviceData tools that enable more keystrokes
- assistive device for people with impaired hand function
Entrance telephoneEntrance telephone
Entrance telephone makes it possible to speak with someone standing outside the door and enables to open and lock the door from the bed
Entrance telephone on night tableEntrance telephone in night table
The entrance telephone is always accessible when the user is in bed – suitable for persons who cannot transfer from the bed independently
Gewa Prog transmitter  in holderEnvironmental control system on bed
An environmental control system that can be operated from the bed is suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries
User with 2 sip/puff controls on headsetExtra sip/puff control for computer
Double sip/puff controls help a person without arm or hand function to play computer games
User with forearms on forearm supportForearm support
Forearm support to keep balance when typing on computer - suitable for persons who have tetraplegia
User with his Gear watchGear watch
A convenient way to access the mobile phone - suitable for people with disabilities
Gewa progress, mounted on the inside of the wheelchair armrestGewa Progress - advanced remote control
Well arranged, high-capacity infrared transmitter for environmental control system
User with headsetHeadset for landline and mobile phone
Headset for telephone - assistive device for persons with extensive disabilities
Headset from behindHeadset for sip/puff controls
Headset for sip/puff controls to control computer that works well
Using mobile phone on holder with mouth stickHolder for mobile phone and cordless home phone
With a holder for the mobile phone and a stick the user can operate the telephone with his mouth.
Homemade handle, with and without key ring, on remote control and phoneHomemade handle
Homemade handle of cernit clay with and without key ring
User writes with a mouth stick and iPadiPad
Handheld computer with touchscreen – easy to use for people with disabilities
JoyboxJoybox to control computer
Joybox is a keyboard input device suitable for persons without arm or hand function who want to play computer games
User controls joystick with chinJoystick to control computer
Custom-designed joystick to control computer games with chin
Medicine cardMedicine card
Medicine card with important information – suitable for people with specific diagnoses who need specialist care
Microphone on camera tripodMicrophone to control computer
The microphone is an alternative method for controlling a computer for persons who do not have arm or hand function to play computer games
Mini keyboardMini keyboard
The user switched to a smaller keyboard and had less elbow pain.
User types on mini keyboardMini keyboard
Small keyboard - suitable for persons with limited reach
Mobile phone with holder on wheelchairMobile phone with holder on wheelchair
Mobile phone with headset - assistive device for persons without arm and hand function
User writes with modified stylusModified stylus
A stylus for navigation on touchscreens/smartphones and for typing on keyboard - suitable for people with extensive disabilities without finger function
Helena at the computerMounting arm for trackball mouse
By using the mounting arm the mouse comes into the right position for the user to control it by mouth – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
MousetrapperMousetrapper
Ergonomic mouse that provides a centered working position - suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries
OnScreenKeys installed on the user’s computerOn-screen keyboard
Downloadable on-screen keyboard that works in many different languages - suitable for people with extensive disabilities
User by his computer with keyboard and keyboard overlay, external left "click" button and wheelchair joystick used as mouseOperating a computer
Operating a computer using the wheelchair joystick - an option for people who drive a Permobil
User at back of computerPlacement of computer in adapted workplace
Being able to see the back of the computer makes it easier for people with disabilities to work. It is easier to explain to others how to change cables, etc.
Portable telephone with Plexiglas handlePortable telephone with homemade handle
Adapted handle for phone, suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Sheet of reflectorsReflectors for controlling head mouse
Reflectors from Panduro Hobby are less expensive and better for controlling the head mouse than the accompanying reflectors
Room for assistants picture 2Room for assistants
A separate room for assistants improves privacy for the user and the assistants
Adapted portable alarm transmitter attached to the wheelchair cushionSimple adapted alarm to call assistants
Alarm attached to the wheelchair - suitable for persons with physical disabilities and personal assistants
iPhone in mobile phone holder on wheelchair tableSmartphone with holder
A smatphone placed in a holder on the wheelchair table can be controlled with a mouth stick – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
Telephone on swivel armSpeaker phone on swivel arm
Adapted speaker phone works for a person without active hand function
User on stairlift with "emergency bag"Stairlift safety
- user always has an alarm with him when riding on stairlift
Control panel on computer screenStickyKeys, a setting in Windows
- a setting for people who cannot press two or more keys simultaneously
User with her laptop. Forearms resting on support cushionSupport cushion
A practical cushion that makes it easier to achieve a better, more relaxed body position - suitable for people with reduced trunk balance
User with iPad on table easelTable easel
A table easel makes it easier to paint by mouth – suitable for people with severe disabilities
Speaker phone and mobile phone on holder, TV remote sitting attached to the telephone with a rubber bandTelephone by night table
With a holder for speaker phone by the bed, the telephone is always accessible for persons with impaired arm and/or hand function.
User with mobile phone and headsetTelephone for persons without arm/hand function
Telephone does not work satisfactorily for persons without arm/hand function
Telephone holder on shower chairTelephone holder on shower chair
Accessible phone even when showering
User wearing headsetTelephone with headset
Telephone with headset, with built-in speaker phone.
Telephone with lifting device and telephone receiver holderTelephone with holder for receiver
Telephone receiver holder – a solution for persons who are unable to hold the receiver
The user typing with his writing sticksTelephone- and typing sticks
Adapted pencil works as an assistive device for using telephone and computer - useful for persons with impaired handfunction
User punches in a number with telephone stickTyping and telephone stick
A stick inserted into the universal holder enables a person without dexterity to punch in a phone number and type on a computer
User types on computerTyping on computer
Maneuvering on the computer with a regular pen
Typing sticks with splint on dorsal wristTyping sticks for typing on computer
Assistive device for persons with impaired dexterity
User with universal strap and typing stick on handTyping sticks for writing on computer
Durable typing sticks; assistive device for persons who lack finger function
User with writing stickUniversal holder on wrist bandage
Holder for flatware and typing sticks sewn onto wrist bandage, suitable for persons without wrist function or finger dexterity
Universal rodUniversal rod with molded handle
Assistive device for writing and for picking up various objects for persons with impaired dexterity.
Laptop with head mouse on special table in bedUse of computer with head mouse in bed
Custom-made laptop table for use in bed – highly appreciated assistive device for persons who control the computer with a head mouse
Helena with her wireless phone and headset.Use of phone assisted by computer and modem
– allows people with extensive disabilities to use a telephone independently
User with mobile phone in handUsing a mobile phone
Using a mobile phone – method for a person with a high spinal cord injury
User dials a phone numberUsing cordless landline phone
Handsfree headset for cordless phone – a good aid for persons with impaired hand function
User with wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Custom-made gloves used for wheelchair driving and to hold utensils such as a pen or fork in place
User with wheelchair tableWheelchair table
- makes it easier to always have work materials accessible – suitable for people with severe disabilities
Work table with space for knees, manually adjustable height.Workroom with computer workstation
Workroom with computer workstation for a person who controls the computer with a head mouse
Pen inserted between thumb/index finger and ring fingerWrite by hand
Holding a pen – a technique for people who lack finger function
User writingWrite by hand
Ballpoint pen attached to wrist bandage makes writing by hand possible for people without hand function
User removes pen coverWriting by hand
Writing by hand with the help of a wheelchair glove – technique for persons without dexterity
Writing orthosis in the user's handWriting splint; assistive device for writing
Assistive device for persons who cannot hold a pen
User types on computer with mouth stickWriting stick for computer
Simple mouth stick can be used for pocket calculators and certain computer functions (pressing multiple keys) – suitable for persons without active hand function
Stick made of hobby clay that can be bakedWriting stick for keyboarding
Writing stick made of hobby clay, appropriate for persons with impaired dexterity.
User writes with mouthWriting with mouth
Writing with the mouth – an option for people who do not have any arm/hand function