Category: Office Equipment

File Cabinet Adaptation

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"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping and other upper extremity disabilities to open file cabinet drawers. Drill a hole vertically above and below the existing hand pull on each drawer and place the U-shaped handle vertically over the holes.Place a washer and nut over the threaded ends of the screws provided with the handles (longer screws may be required). Place the screws into the drilled holes from the inside of drawer and then into the handles, and tighten. If the users' hand cannot comfortably fit or be used in the handle to pull, tie a piece of robe or put a piece of Velcro on the handle with a good loop, and the hand can be placed in the loop and the drawer can be pulled with the strength of the wrist. MATERIALS: Metal U-shaped handles that have room for hand or fingers, washers and nuts to fit each handle, and rope or Velcro. TOOLS: Drill. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills. TITLE: File Cabinet Adaptation. WEB SITE: TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project at . REF: Ten Dollar Tech Ideas. TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project, can also be contacted at 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701; 800-852-5110 voice/TTY, IL only; 217-522-7985 voice; 217-522-9966 TTY; 217-522-8067 Fax.


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