Disability Hack for on the go adults with hand neuropathy.

If you are living with neuropathy, have weakness in your hand grip, or have fine motor issues, then you know all too well the struggle of pulling, gripping, and sliding any type of card. In my post, ”How To Get A Grip When You Literally Can’t”, I talk about the daily challenges I encounter just running basic errands with hand neuropathy.

Whenever I’m asked to show my drivers license, I cringe. Instead of struggling to use a pincher grip that doesn’t pinch, I typically just hand over my entire wallet. But not anymore! In under 10 minutes and a trip to my local hardware store, I made a ring gripper for my credit cards and driver’s license. Here’s what I bought and how I made it:

Supplies:

  • string (or leather twine)

  • medium or large size rubber key identifiers

  • single hole puncher

  • Scissors

Putting it Together:

** If hole punching a card with a chip and/or slider, it’s very important to hole punch the correct corner. Pretend to be inserting it into an ATM machine and sliding it in a card reader. Then use a pen to mark the only corner that won’t interfere with either process.

Once you determine the correct corner to punch a hole, punch it. Next, put string or twine through the hole of the card and slip the colored key identifier through the string. The final step is to tightly double or even triple tie all three items together and cut off any excess string.

This easy adaption allows me to grip and maneuver cards. Of course, I needed help to make it, but my kids were happy to help out. Now when I go to the ATM machine or need to show my driver’s license, I just slip my finger into the hole and use it to maneuver the card. Ta Dah!

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5 Comments

  1. That is brilliant! And no “officials” ever question the hole in the card? My worst is the tiny card I get from the gym that slips down into my wallet pocket. Thanks, Lainie!

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