Speaker phone on swivel arm

Adapted speaker phone works for a person without active hand function

Telephone on swivel arm
Telephone on swivel arm

Description
The speaker phone (Doro) sits on a swivel arm. The user presses on the buttons with his knuckles. A piece of plastic is glued to the speaker function button to enlarge it (photo 4).

Now each button on the telephone has also been fitted with a round self-adhesive and transparent plastic disc (not shown in these photos), which makes it easier for the user to press the buttons. The plastic discs are usually used as pads in kitchen drawers.

The most important phone numbers are programmed into the phone. The user also takes advantage of a “Free Directory Assistance” service (see associated tip).

The telephone arm is designed so that it also has room for remote control units (see associated tip).

Users comments
Enlarging small buttons means a lot to the user and makes it so he can use the buttons. He has this modification of buttons on many appliances.

How to make
Adapted telephone button: take a piece (about 0.5 cm) of catheter tube, glue it to the telephone button and fill it with hot melt adhesive from the glue gun (other adhesive probably works too).

Made by
The user and his brother

Purchased from
Office supply stores (svivel arm)

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
The user

This tip is from 2006

Holder for telephone arm screwed to desk
Holder for telephone arm screwed to desk
Telephone (close-up)
Telephone (close-up)
Adapted button (close-up)
Adapted button (close-up)

Related tips

Free phone number information
Free phone number information
- service for people with disabilities (in Sweden).
Accessible desk
Accessible desk
Desk with double work surface and accessible control panel for electric outlets.
Storage for remote control for radio/phone
Storage for remote control for radio/phone
Remote control units that sit on a firm surface are easier to use for persons with impaired hand function.

Tipsare: Ragge

Ragge lives together with his wife in a house. He is developing ideas which make everyday life easier for himself and for others. He was injured in 1973 and has a high tetraplegia. He has homehelp 27 hours a week.