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Without my Wheelchair Friends, I’d Be No Where

They say dog is a man’s best friend, but since I’ve had my disability, I’ve found my best friends are the disabled ones. There’s nothing like having a friend who knows exactly where you’re coming from and the road you’re on. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this immediately. I avoided anyone in a wheelchair, in fact. I felt like I didn’t belong to that “group” of people. Little did I know that such a great thing was before me, if I would only give it a chance.

My first friend in a wheelchair was Andrea. We went to high school together. It was weird, before my injury, I was so uncomfortable around her. I never knew what to say to her because she was the only person I knew in a wheelchair. After my injury though, and going back to high school, it was so weird to now be like her.

But after feeling strange about it, I decided to befriend her. I knew she would be one of the few people I went to school with who could understand what I was going through – trying to find a table in the cafeteria, getting stuck in the snow, dating and all the weird wheelchair elements that went with it. And I was right, even though she had CP, she accepted me like no other person in my school.

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Without my Wheelchair Friends, I’d Be No Where

They say dog is a man’s best friend, but since I’ve had my disability, I’ve found my best friends are the disabled ones. There’s nothing like having a friend who knows exactly where you’re coming from and the road you’re on. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this immediately. I avoided anyone in a wheelchair, in fact. I felt like I didn’t belong to that “group” of people. Little did I know that such a great thing was before me, if I would only give it a chance.

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DeMarlon

Our Veterans Deserve To Stand

We’ve been hearing from many paralyzed veterans lately who are either unaware of the equipment they are entitled to or are being unfairly denied equipment they deserve. Veterans, if you’re reading this, please fight for what you deserve.

DeMarlon Pollard is a T4-5 paraplegic who got an EasyStand several years ago, prescribed by his therapist, and paid for by his VA Hospital. Now he can’t imagine life without it. “As a veteran who was fortunate enough to have a stander prescribed for me by my therapist, I could not imagine life without my EasyStand. Having a stander at home has greatly increased my quality of life.” Read more

The best way to see how assistive technology will work for your staff and your kids is to try it, by getting an in-service thru a local supplier.

Schools: Understand Benefits of Buying Assistive Technology Locally

Are you a PT, OT, or paraprofessional working at a school? Or maybe you are a special ed teacher or buyer? Even if you are the principal or the janitor, you may be interested in what I am about to tell you. This is not a secret or new information. In fact, we have been trying to help connect the school personnel to local rehab suppliers for over a decade. Read more

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Hands-On Standing Workshop at ISS

EasyStand and Permobil will be joining forces to present a workshop for therapists and complex rehab suppliers at the International Seating Symposium in Nashville TN on March 3rd. The Symposium alternates between Canada and the United States every year, and is regarded as the leading continuing education event for the complex rehab industry. Amy (Meyer) Morgan, PT, ATP and I, will be talking about the importance of standing for children and adults to improve health, independence and quality of life for individuals that use wheelchairs. This works well, because Permobil is the leading provider of wheelchairs that have a standing capability and EasyStand is the leading manufacturer of standing frames for people that need more features, positioning and require longer standing time to build endurance. Read more

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Standing Activity: Sleeping?

I have heard of people falling asleep in their stander and here is proof! Max’s mom, Deana said Max snoozed for about ten minutes in his EasyStand Bantam after a grueling Monday of school and physical therapy. I guess that means he was pretty relaxed? Read more

Jill & Suzanne

Communication and the Therapy Situation

A group of therapists from one of the Twin Cities’ pediatric specialty hospitals with satellite clinics serving the larger metro area recently organized a meet and greet for the school and pediatric clinical therapists in the community. It was nice to see the faces of the caring professionals whose reports I have been reading and who I have exchanged phone calls and emails with. While we talked about a variety of topics, the recurring theme was the essentialness of communication between therapists and the children and families we serve. Read more

ankle foot orthosis

Brace Yourselves! The Role of Orthotics in Standing Programs

Stander use is beneficial for promoting good posture and skeletal alignment as well as decreasing spasticity. Orthotic intervention is also frequently done with these same objectives in mind. Because even the best standers are not able to provide the full trunk and distal extremity support some individuals may require, orthotics are a valuable and often essential adjunct to supported standing programs. Bony alignment develops as a result of the forces placed upon the body, so achieving a desirable standing position is especially important for growing children and adolescents.

If you are beginning a standing program with a child and are unsure whether lower extremity orthotics are necessary, I recommend placing the child in the stander in his or her bare feet. If foot pronation or supination is significant and intrinsic muscle motion is minimal or absent, discussing a referral for consultation with an orthotist with the child’s physician is likely in order. In the case of progressive neurological disorders a child may initially maintain a desirable position, but should be re-checked on occasion. Read more

Margaret - Andy

Standing in Developmental Centers (Video)

Often the elderly are overlooked for a standing program, but it can greatly improve their quality of life. People who live in long-term care centers, developmental centers, or nursing homes can benefit from an ongoing standing program. Read more

Hallway

Memories of Rehab Past

My weekly yoga class meets in one of the biggest physical rehab places in Minnesota. It seems that everyone with a disability who even lives remotely close to it has gone there at least once in their life. That’s because they do it all – sports, rehab, classes, stuff for kids. You name it, they have it. And I was a live-in resident (I lived there for 8 months while learning independent living skills) back in 1998. Read more