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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
Accessible deskAccessible desk
Desk with double work surface and accessible control panel for electric outlets
Key ring taped to a Clas Ohlson catalogueAdaptation for book or magazine
A key ring taped to a book makes it possible for a person with impaired hand function to handle the book
Adapted book supportAdapted book support in wood
Adapted to be able to turn pages with a mouth stick - suitable for persons with extensive disabilities
User in his excavator. Photo: Katharina RatzkaAdapted excavator
- made it possible for a wheelchair user to return to work
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
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 book cushion on lapBook cushion
Tray with soft knee cushion as book support - suitable for persons who cannot hold a book
String tied to briefcase handleBriefcase with customized handle
A string tied to the briefcase handle enables persons with impaired dexterity to pick it up
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
User at computer deskComputer desk with slide-out workspace
Convenient computer desk suitable for persons who use a manual wheelchair
User at computer workstationComputer workstation
A computer workstation for persons who use their head to control the computer.
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
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
DeskCustom-built desk
Custom-built desk for persons with limited reach.
User types on keyboard using finger sleeveCustom-made finger sleeves
Writing sleeves facilitate computer use for people with reduced finger function and spasticity
Document holder with table bracketDocument holder with table bracket
– suitable as an easel for people who draw/paint by mouth
Door key card, attached to wheelchair frameDoor opener at work
Opening the door is easy with a key card and card reader – suitable for wheelchair users
User at his computer workstationEasily accessible computer workstation
Practical furnished computer workstation for people with extensive disabilities
Electric height adjustable deskElectric height adjustable desk
A large electric height adjustable desk appropriate for persons who use different types of wheelchairs.
Book holder on deskFolding book holder
Book holder - important assistive device for persons who cannot hold books
The user hammering using the gripping aid. Photo: www.activehands.co.uk Gripping Aid
A gripping aid to improve grippfunction and to facilitate everyday activities for persons with impaired handfunction
Aluminum suitcasesHandy packing
Aluminum suitcases for storage of fragile items such as music and computer accessories - can also be used as support or tray on lap for wheelchair users
User writes with a mouth stick and iPadiPad
Handheld computer with touchscreen – easy to use for people with disabilities
iPad in floor standiPad stand
- facilitates using an iPad – suitable for people with impaired hand/arm function-
Japanese sawJapanese saw
Makes it easier to saw - suitable for persons with impaired strength and balance
Key ring in portfolio zipperKey ring in zipper
Persons with impaired dexterity can use a zipper if they attach a key ring to it.
Magazine holder with leather shoelace as handleMagazine holder with handle
A modification that enables persons with physical disabilities and impaired hand function to handle magazine holders.
Manuscript holder with paper (close-up)Manuscript holder
Small lightweight manuscript holder that works well for one paper
Mini keyboardMini keyboard
The user switched to a smaller keyboard and had less elbow pain.
Page turnerMotorized page turner
Enables persons with extensive disabilities to read books unassisted
User nails moldingNailer
Pneumatic nailer instead of a hammer – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Tools hanging on wallOrganized tool storage
Tools mounted at right height – organized and easily accessible for wheelchair users.
Page turner sitting in the holderPage turner for the mouth
Turn pages with the mouth - an alternative for persons without arm/hand function
User pulls out a drawerPaper storage at workstation
Storage in drawers provides easy access to paper and documents – suitable for persons with limited reach
User at his custom pianoPiano assistive device
Compact electronic pedal for digital pianos and keyboards, developed for people with physical disabilities such as paraplegia
Power jigsaw. Photo: www.clasohlson.sePower jigsaw
Suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User screws molding in placePower screwdriver
Suitable for persons with impaired hand function
Scissors with table support, closedScissors with table support
Adapted scissors for persons with impaired hand function
Specially designed workstationSpecially designed workstation
This customized desk is the product of a workplace accessibility project
User in standing wheelchair at deskStanding wheelchair in workplace
A standing wheelchair makes it possible for the user to be independent in his workplace
User holds string tied to a loopString to pick binders up from the floor
A piece of string is a simple assistive device for persons with physical disabilities and impaired hand function to pick binders up from the floor
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
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 at work tableWork table
Work table suitable for wheelchair users
User at workplaceWorkplace at home
Workplace for a person with high spinal cord injury allows user to work from home
User with mini keyboard on a cushion on his stomach and elbow resting on a towel on the night tableWorkplace in bed
An efficient workplace in bed for persons with impaired finger and hand function.
Simple and convenient workplace – suitable for wheelchair users
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
User sitting at deskWorkstation in open plan office
- with standard details appropriate for wheelchair users
Stick made of hobby clay that can be bakedWriting stick for keyboarding
Writing stick made of hobby clay, appropriate for persons with impaired dexterity.