Friday, May 17, 2013

DIY Special Needs Projects

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

PVC Book/Puzzle Stand

Frame and table for use with Child rite seat

Frame with padded bar across front
Toy/pull up bar

Full setup with rolling casters on the base for Eman to roll around

Wheelchair bike
Wheelchair bike

The smile made every hour of work worth it.
The wheelchair is also removable to be used separately.

Bed Rail
Bed rail padded with rubber flooring, then covered
Utility wagon to transport Eman around the house

Wagon padded with memory foam & rubber flooring

Easy transition from bed to wagon

Wheelchair shade, oxygen carrier, and velcro fan for summertime

Recordable message parrot toy, with large button for Eman to press

Button modification

Padded crib

Weighted Blanket

Wheelchair snuggie

And of course the Sensory room (pics are on their own post)

Now......what will be next???


  1. Hi, I've been trying to figure out how to connect a wheelchair to a bike when I came across your blog...can you give details on how you did it?


  2. Hey Laura! It wasn't tricky, once I knew what to do. The bike I have is a Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle. I built the bike, and put the basket on the back, removing just the sides of the basket. That left a grid-like platform.

    Then, the Tilt-n-space wheelchair foot rests are removable (for folding up the chair). Once those were off, it left a "stem" that fit easily through the grid pattern on the back of the bike.

    I used U-bolts through the holes on the footrest stem of the wheelchair, so it didn't slip out of the grid. And that was it. It's sturdy, but has a little "give" for turning. Turning still has to be really wide, and the bike itself is only one speed, so hills are tough.

    Good luck!

  3. great adaptations.....thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this,I've been searching the internet high and low trying to find an affordable wheelchair bike for months now,but sadly most are around $5,000+.My brother has the same wheelchair as Eliah so I hope that this will work for him too.Thank you so,so much!Happy 4th of July!

  5. OHHHH I LOVE LOVE these Ideas. I have a son who has brain cancer and is now disabled. I have been looking for DIY ideas on gait trainers all day!

  6. Wow! I love all your ideas especially the bike. I need to do this for me and my son, thank you for sharing all your work :)

  7. Need this bike for my gir, where can I get instructions on how to adapt this bike?
    Thanks for sharing

  8. I love your adapted bike - any tips on how you did it. My daughters wheelchairs is almost the same. Thanks

  9. I posted in the comments how I made the bike. Good luck!

  10. Thank you for all of these ideas! But please wear helmets (both adult and child) when riding bikes!

  11. I appreciate and agree about the bike helmets, and will seriously take that under advisement. My daughter wears one on her bike. And there are two reasons I don't personally require it on this bike. One, it would take ALL the enjoyment out of this for my son. Having a brain injury, he will scream and claw if there is a helmet on his head. I have tried. Second, this goes about as fast as my son's wheelchair under normal circumstances, and the bike being a three wheeler makes it nearly impossible to fall over. Put another way, this is about the same speed as a shopping cart.

  12. Shannon, I made a pillow case out of some spare material, and then I made a regtangular frame out of pvc. The frame fit inside the pillow case to cover the top, and then I connected the pvc so it would extend down the back/sides of the wheelchair. The pvc that extends down, slides into the larger tubes that I were connected to the wheelchair. That way, I could remove the shade whenever I needed to by just sliding it up and off. I hope that helps!

  13. I would love for yall to do a video on how you did the bike!

  14. Oh I love your ideas. Thank you for sharing them. My Godson has CP and he is growing so fast. I'm 5 feet and he is 3 feet and some inches. I'm not able to carry him anymore, but your ideas are wonderful. Thank you. I just hope I can find the things I need to make them. Thank you again.

  15. How do o make the wheelchair canpoy