Here's a high-tech way to make a low-tech tool! Create communication boards using boardmaker symbols for free at this site. Template layouts for 1 to 16 images are provided, along with instructions for getting started and tips for different uses (including a link to a recorded workshop on visual communication). Thanks to Carrie L. Leonhart, M.S., CCC-SLP of PIAT (Pennsylvania's AT Act program) for sending this in!
Search low-tech AT andadaptations for use with infants and toddlers! Tots N' Tech is an inter-university collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), Temple University (home to PIAT), and Arizona State.
includes detailed plans for this uniquely accessible garden box along with dozens of other low-tech, low-cost projects useful for persons with quadraplegia (daily living, mobility, recreation, in particular). Rich Fabend is a retired special educator with quadreplegia who created the site to share his ingenuity (and story).
provides pages of low-tech products for the classroom.
"homebuilt assistive devices" are shared by site founders Scott and Tom Jeary. Projects range from recreational equipment to toileting and may be browsed by environment: outdoor/sports/games, playroom, school, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.
A monthly low-tech AT newsletter for seniors put out by the Independent Living Partnership in California. Styled like a newspaper advertizing flyer of inexpensive helpful products. (Thanks to Scott Weissman of ND's IPAT for sending this in!)
This mother of AT databases includes Do It Yourself projects with descriptions and contact info for their designers/inventors. DIYs are integrated into any keyword search at the site (so if you look up Camera Mount for Wheelchair you'll see DIY as well as comercial products) They may also be browsed (all 43 pages at the link above).
18 projects are detailed with photos and instructions ranging from battery interrupters and soldering instructions to a pediatric bucket seat.
9. 50 Fun Ideas for Simple Switch or Low-Tech Activities [for
A Word doc download by Molly Shannon, OTR/L, ATP. Thanks to the North Carolina AT Program.
10. Utah AT Program's Pinterest page
Storee Powell writes that the Utah program is finding, categorizing, sharing, and disseminating low-tech ideas online via Pinterest. Their main audience is special educators. "Pinterest allows professionals and families to share their low-tech ideas with us also- and it helps us help others better. And it is FREE!"
A PDF from the Louisiana Dept. of Education AT Initiative.
Motor/Writing/Reading supports... ideas and products.