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THE BUCKLE BOSS BELT GUARD[TM]

The Buckle Boss is a seat belt lock protector intended for use with children with cognitive or emotional disabilities. The simple device consists of a plastic grill that covers the release button to the child's car seat belt. The grill allows the buckle to be inserted through slots in order to secure the child. These slots are too narrow to allow a child's fingers to access the release button. To release the seat belt, simply insert any thin object such as a key, another seat belt, nail file, etc. through one of the other slots that cover the release button.

GBY, Inc., Box 388, Lincoln, MA 01773; (781) 259-9677; Web site: http://www.gis.net/~powersre

THE BRONCO WALKER

Designed for outdoor use, this walker features a wide, stable base with four widely spaced, smooth running wheels with outdoor tires. Each wheel has brakes and directional stabilizers for safety. The unit disassembles for transport and storage. The angle of support can be adjusted without tools. The back support can be easily removed or replaced with one hand.

Snug Seat, Inc., PO Box 1739, Matthews, NC 28106-1739; (800) 336-7684; Web site: http://www.snugseat.com; E-mail: sales@snugseat.com

THE ASTRO BALL

This battery-powered, lighted ball is a toy/therapeutic aid for children with cognitive or visual disabilities. Water- and dirt-resistant, the ball uses a single 9-volt battery to create a bright, soothing glow that is designed to attract a child's attention. It also encourages development of visual tracking skills and coordination of visual and tactile information. A color-coordinated cord, which enables the ball to be suspended, is also available.

The Cosmic Ball Company, 20408 4th Ave., Langley, BC V2Z 1V4 Canada; (604) 532-9392; Web site: http://www.astroballs.com; E-mail: astroballs@telus.net

THE TOUCHFREE[TM] SWITCH

This computer-input switch is for children or adults with physical disabilities pairs a digital camera with switch software to create computer access. The digital camera can be programmed to recognize almost any movement as a mouse click, including a headshake, a modest hand wave, or a slight toe tap. The switch is compatible with a variety of single-switch scanning software.

Edmark[R] Redmond, PO Box 97021, Redmond, WA 98073-9721; (800) 691-2986; Web site: http://www.edmark.com; E-mail: edmarkteam@edmark.com

THE ABLE GENERATION PLAY TABLE

An activity table designed for preschool-aged children with disabilities, the Play Table is made of high-quality birch plywood and features a front cutout that allows the child to be surrounded on three sides. Raised front and side edges on the tabletop reduce the likelihood of objects sliding off the table. Optional legs are available that adjust table height and tilt angles.

Able Generation, 1465 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801; (800) 875-2457; Web site: http://www.ablegeneration.com; E-mail: information@ablegeneration.com

The ABLEDATA database of assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment contains information on more than 25,000 products for persons of all ages who have a physical, cognitive, or sensory disability. Products are chosen for this page by the ABLEDATA staff based on their specific applicability to or design for children who have disabilities. ABLEDATA, operated by Macro International Inc., is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research under contract number HN-96015001.

For more information on these and other assistive devices, or to submit product information for the database (and possible inclusion on this page), contact: ABLEDATA, 8630 Fenton St., Ste. 930, Silver Springs, MD 20910; (800) 227-0216 or (301) 608-8998 (voice); (301) 608-8912 (TTY); (301) 608-8958 (fax); Web site: http://www.abledata.com.
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