Category: Direction Tutorial Program

Lawn Compass

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DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide outdoor directional training for individuals who are blind or who have low vision. The device consists of two square frames, one placed horizontally through the center of the other, causing the two top boards to form an "x." The squares are attached at the top and the bottom with large diameter carriage bolts and wing nuts, which enables the unit to fold for portability. The vertical pieces are made of 2 x 4s and the horizontal pieces are made of 1 x 4s. Triangular corner braces provide strength and rigidity. The end of each top piece is marked with capital letters indicating the directions (N, S, E, W) in large print created with puff paint and in braille on Dymo Tape on metal plaques. The size and shape of the compass enables students to stand inside it to read the cardinal directions or to orient themselves to head in the proper direction to reach a goal. They can also return to reorient themselves. DIMENSIONS: The bolts are 5/8 to 0.5 inch. TITLE: Lawn Compass (in Springboard). AUTHOR: Alan Kirk. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol 35 no 1, Spring 2003: p.26-28. PAGES (including cover): 4 2003.


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