Easy, Medium, and Advanced DIY Assistive Technologies

Easy, Medium, and Advanced DIY Assistive Technologies

DIY's a great way to test your creative/MacGyver skills and make something useful at a fraction of the cost of buying it made. But did you know you could DIY assistive technologies? Check out these 6 DIYs and click on the titles for full instructions. 


1. Straw Supporter

Straw Supporter

 What you need:

  • Clothespin
  • Glue
  • Large straw and smaller disposable straws

2. Utensil Grip

DIY utensil grips









 What you need:

  • Pool noodle or sponge hair rollers


3. Assistive Dining Sling

Assistive dining sling

Image Source - (Instructables)

What you need:

  • Seat Belt Webbing - 1 to 2 M
  • Velcro Tape
  • Fabric for tabs
  • Heavy Weight Thread

4. Portable Door Opener

Portable door opener

Image Source - (Instructables)

What you need:

  • 3D printer
  • Pivot Pin (Nut and Bolt, Dowel, etc.)
  • Elastic Band


5. Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Portable wheelchair ramp

Image Source - (Instructables)

What you need:

  • 1 - 2 Wood Beam joists depending upon length
  • Metal sheet which will be cut into 4  pieces the width of the wood joist and approximately 6" in length.
  • 2 Handles
  • 18 screws
  • Saw
  • Drill gun
  • Gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Triangle ruler
  • Marking pen or pencil

6. Convertible Wheelchair Roof

What you need:

  • Material (Approximately 3.5 metres)
  • 2 Dowel sticks or metal spreader bars
  • Wood
  • 6 Eye Loops
  • 4 Metal trigger clips
  • 2 metal rods
  • saw
  • drill gun
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
  • screws

DIY does not only refer to crafts and handmade solutions, but also being able to complete day to day tasks independently. Tecla wants to make sure that you are able to do as many tasks as you can yourself. Learn to DIY with tecla-e.


Visit these resources to find more do-it-yourself assistive technologies that make everyday tasks accessible to individuals with physical disabilities:

  1. Pinterest
  2. Youtube
  3. Instructables
  4. Make Projects
  5. Wikihow
  6. Do It Yourself
  7. Lifehacker
  8. AT Solutions

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