Following making game consoles for people with disabilities (see other project on Makeability) Essex Central group were requested to make a similar console for blind or partially sighted people by the Essex branch of the charity Deafblind UK. This game console meets that need.
A child of 4 years with CP and with limited sight required equipment to help with mobility in preparation for school.
The Client was a lady, registered blind. She was finding that the shocks that occurred when she hit an obstacle with her white stick were hurting her wrists. The request was for some form of cushioning feature.
A two way stair gate latch was required
A young blind man living alone, wanted to make hot drinks with milk for his friends.
The capability to prepare food is a key marker for an independent life but, unless you are going to live on cold food, that means cooking. What could be easier? A temperature sensor and a relay and some bespoke interfacing. Except – ovens, especially built-in ones, are hostile environments for electronics.
A modified wheelchair attachment to support a raincover for a child.
A blind child wishes to use archery as a means to improve his ability to use sound as a guide to the outside world and to join in sports activities with his peers. A talking archery target advises him where his arrows have struck and how to adjust his aim.
The client’s visual impairment means that he is very suseptible to bright light. The design of his wheelchair means that the usual parasols do not work. A custom tubular steel canopy gives the necessary shade.
A teacher needed a device to help blind and partially sighted children to practice their ability to locate and identify sounds.
Our client cannot see and cannot operate the soft touch buttons on the hand controller supplied with a top end recliner chair. I made a holder for the controller that fixes it to the side of the chair and has four large and differently shaped buttons so they can be identified by touch.
Keeping it simple – DIY Front Panel Brailling using jewelry findings
The client uses an electric wheelchair but keeps hitting door posts as she has Left Side Neglect.
Following on from the Giant Scrabble Board, we were asked to provide a matching Rummikub game
A day centre wanted a Giant Scrabble board that could be used by members of all abilities.
The board was 1.5m square and was constructed with a metal sandwich so that magnetic tiles would stick to it, this was mounted on a wall.
Each tile was 85mm square, has raised, tactile, characters and with a handle that can be gripped using a grabber.
The tiles and positioning corners were 3D printed.
The client uses an AI app on her iPad to read documents. Unfortunately the iPad has to be held very still when capturing the image and she was struggling with this (ad so did I when I tried it out). Her OT contacted us as asked if we could make a stand to hold the iPad and an A4 sized document so that she can have it read to her.