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Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities

5 Disability Techs Google Should Really Be Investing In

A little over a week ago, Google announced it would be investing $20 million dollars in life-changing disability technologies being created by nonprofits. Making the world more accessible to people with disabilities is the ultimate goal of this challenge, and they’re hoping to attract some of the top innovators of our time. Read more

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3 Ultimate Wheelchair Dog Walking Solutions

We all know a big part of being a responsible dog owner is taking your dog out for a walk. But it’s not that easy from a seated position, and on four wheels at that. And the fact that most dogs aren’t bright enough to stay away from your wheels so the leash doesn’t get caught up doesn’t help. Read more

Bath Chair

Perfect Bath Chair for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Rub a dub dub, we all need the tub. Yet for some of us bathing is not an easy task. Children with physical disabilities need to be bathed while still getting a chance to splash and play in the tub just like any other child. Read more

Trackchair

Finally! An Indoor/Outdoor Trackchair

A Tank Chair to Take Home to Mom

Brand new tankchair technology from NANO-WEB – Nano Optonics Energy – recently showed their UNiMO, a caterpillar-tracked all-terrain wheelchair at the International

Robotics Exhibition in Toyko, and holy cow you guys – these folks have finally made what I’ve been dreaming about – a trackchair you can take inside.

Yes, I’ve been dreaming about it for awhile now; the perfect tankchair.

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Physical Therapy Must-Have Equipment: EasyStand Bantam

The Bantam as a Bench

Necessity is the mother of using equipment for other than its originally intended purpose.

When our Early Childhood Education building was being remodeled, things had to be shuffled around and put in storage. We got to play our own little version of the, “If your workplace was on fire (and there were of course no darling preschoolers in the building to consider), what items would you save?” My EasyStand Bantam stander was at the top of the list, of course. Read more

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NCART Releases Standing Device Funding Guide

With over hundreds of research studies on standing and weight bearing you would think that both private and public healthcare payer sources would fund Standing Devices without a second thought. Unfortunately, in today’s ever shrinking insurance coverage and payment arena that is not the case. In fact, decreasing coverage and payment for standing devices is exactly why the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART)‘s Standing Device Workgroup was formed to create the Standing Device Funding Guide. Read more

Standing Frame or Gait Trainer

Stander or Gait Trainer?

Peanut butter or chocolate? Both! Stander or gait trainer? Both!
Perhaps I’m indecisive. Perhaps I’m selfish. Perhaps I just know a good thing when I see it.

Unfortunately, as the great philosophers Jagger and Richards wrote, “You can’t always get what you want.” Especially when it comes to insurance funding for durable medical equipment. You have to choose one. Read more

Less is more

With Cerebral Palsy, Less Is More

We are residents of Minnesota. But the Thayer family will also live an eternity in Cerebral Palsy Land. That is what I, not-so- lovingly, refer to it as. This world of brain injury we deal with daily.
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Video Blog Episode 01: Staying Active After a Spinal Cord Injury

Matthew Tilford discusses how he stays active post-SCI, and offers advice for how those that are newly injured can do the same.

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Have a Seat? No thanks, I’ll Stand!

I look outside and see the wheelchair that just sits….next to the scooter and the barely used patio set outside the sliding glass door of our townhouse. Further in the scene, is Gunnar, age 2½, climbing the ladder to the slide while together, Daddy and Roa make the loop around the climbing equipment. Read more