Tag Archive: DIY

Site of the Month: AT Makers

April 17, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

Site of the Month: AT Makers

We’ve been writing about the Makers Movement for awhile, and couldn’t be happier with the way that the AT community has embraced it. When we posted a video about one of their DIY switch mount projects a few months ago, we were impressed by the number of you who asked for more. In today’s post, we dig deeper into this area by highlighting the AT Makers site. The AT Makers site aims to be a meeting place for AT specialists, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and Robotics Clubs/Teams, and engineers. Here are the highlights: Glossary: DIY AT  projects sometimes involve people from various backgrounds working together to solve problems. This handy glossary helps us speak the same language. Tutorials: The site currently has project plans, supply lists, videos, and directions for AT-related projects that it offers to the global community. For now, there are just a handful of projects... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Make a Core Vocabulary Folder

March 22, 2017 by - 7 Comments

Video of the Week: Make a Core Vocabulary Folder

Looking for a core+fringe AAC display that is easy to make and not overwhelming to use? This post may have just what you need. It’s great to see the variety of ways in which professionals are embracing AAC options and using what they know to teach others. In today’s post, we feature a video by the Louisiana South/Central Regional AT Center in which they take us through the step-by-step process of making a versatile AAC support that can be a wonderful starting point for some of our learners. In addition to the video, this generous team shares their files so you can make one of your own (click here to download; you can get the SymbolStix version here) and even share the source for the vinyl pockets they use. Pretty prAACtical! Thanks, Louisiana South/Central Regional AT Center, for your collegiality in sharing this with all of us!

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Make It PrAACtical: Switch Mounts

February 6, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

Make It PrAACtical: Switch Mounts

If you haven’t been following the AT Makers movement, you might want to check out the wonderful projects and activities of this group. In this post, founder Bill Binko shows us how to use 3-D printing to adapt camera mounts for switches to make an affordable solution for those with access difficulties. Wait, what? You don’t have a 3-D printer? We love Bill’s suggestion of collaborating with robotics clubs and STEM groups at local high schools, scouting organizations, or community agencies who have the skills and equipment to make this happen. They are usually quite receptive to projects that help others. The design for this adaptation is shared freely with a Creative Commons/Attribution/Share license, making it a great project for students, church groups, scouts, and others. If you give this a try, be sure to go to their Facebook page to share your project. Tag us so we can see what... [Read More...]

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Make It PrAACtical: DIY Switch-accessible Scanner

August 1, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts

Make it PrAACtical: DIY Switch-accessible Scanner

A few years ago, I ran across someone who had difficulty getting the school staff to scan documents for an AAC learner who needed them to be in electronic format for accessibility purposes. The problem ultimately got solved when we helped the student program in two prestored messages to her SGD. The first was a politely-worded attempt at self advocacy: “Can you please scan this for me?” It usually worked, but when it didn’t, the student was able to follow-up with a second message. “It’s in my IEP.” The image of this young lady advocating for her needs still makes me smile. So when I ran across an adaptation that makes document scanners switch-accessible, I knew I had to share the Instructable with you. Kudos to Irete Hamdani and her colleagues for this wonderful modification.  

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Make It PrAACtical: New Life for Talking Switches

November 3, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

Make It PrAACtical: New Life for Talking Switches

Walk into almost any program that has been serving people with AAC needs for awhile, and chances are that they have a box or cupboard with AT that is a little past its prime. Among all those treasures, you’ll probably find a few talking switches or single message voice output devices that no longer work like they used to. These little workhorses are too valuable to toss without at least trying to repair them. Many thanks to David Selover, AT Coordinator of the TRAID/Project Adapt Library, for the wonderful guide to repairing these beauties. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-repair-a-Big-Mack-AAC-device-and-upgrade-/

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Make It PrAACtical: Mounting Board for a Walker

March 19, 2015 by - 2 Comments

Make It PrAACtical: Mounting Board for a Walker

The other day, I was boxing up a mounting system to send to a friend and started to wonder if the cost of shipping might exceed the value of the equipment. A quick internet search put THAT to an end. (Those things are pricey!) So when I came across this do-it-yourself mounting board for a walker, it was too good not to share. Thanks to the AAC Institute for this helpful guide.

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