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Power-Assist Diaries, Saga 3: e-motion

I have been enamored with e-motion power assist wheelchair rims the moment I laid eyes on them. That was years ago. They never seemed like a real possibility with all of my massive power wheelchair use, but now that I’m a demoing power assist wheelchairs I knew I’d finally get a shot to try them. And that is exactly what happened yesterday. Read more

Power Assist Diaries, Saga 2: Getting Creative When Your Insurance Says No

Power Assist Diaries, Saga 2: Getting Creative When Your Insurance Says No

Nineteen years ago things were a lot different the way my health insurance regarded the kinds of wheelchairs one needs. Back in 1998, I was able to get a supplemental wheelchair, a manual one, in addition to having a power wheelchair. All I needed was a physical therapist’s letter of recommendation, and it was a done deal. Read more

Power-Assist Virgin Diaries Saga 1: Tailwind Power Assist

Power-Assist Virgin Diaries Saga 1: Tailwind Power Assist

For any quadriplegics out there wondering what it’s like to finally try a power assist tech on a manual wheelchair after years of using a power wheelchair, this blog post is for you. I have been using a power chair for over 20 years and am looking into getting a power assist manual wheelchair. The time is nigh to finally add better mobility to my life. Read more

The Quest for Power Assist

The Quest for Power Assist

A new wheelchair accessory has been buzzing in popularity around wheelchair-users for a few years now, and it’s one of the coolest wheelchair accessories to ever come out in the history wheelchairs – the Max Mobility SmartDrive. This one-wheel device can turn a manual wheelchair into a power wheelchair, and it’s changing lives around the world. Read more

Technicolor Dreams in a Black and White World

Technicolor Dreams in a Black and White World

Sometimes I dream of the perfect blog post. And then I wake up. Read more

TV’s Vikings’ “Ivar the Cripple” Makes a Present-Day Girl Think

TV’s Vikings’ “Ivar the Cripple” Makes a Present-Day Girl Think

I think it’s fair to assume that before the Industrial Revolution, life for people with disabilities was significantly more difficult. There were no motors, and definitely no electricity to power the wheeled chairs that have been made for “cripples” prior to this golden age. To say it was a hard life was a definite understatement. Read more

Is Electricity the Key to a SCI Cure?

Is Electricity the Key to a SCI Cure?

Please see editors note at the bottom of this post for important information regarding a researcher mentioned in this article.

I witnessed something extraordinary this weekend while attending the Working2Walk Symposium (sponsored by the United2Fight Paralysis Foundation) that made the entire room buzz with excitement. It was a presentation by Dr. Ken Lee, a neuroscientist from the Mayo Clinic, who spoke about his study using epidural simulation to return function to people with spinal cord injuries. The results they are seeing are so encouraging they are receiving another $36 million for the next phase of their study. Read more

Will the Cure for Paralysis Be a Rich-Only Affair

Will the Cure for Paralysis Be a Rich-Only Affair?

I believe a cure for paralysis is on it’s way. I’m not sure when, but I really believe that a treatment that restores both sensation and mobility is a possibility in the next 50 years, and I didn’t always feel this way. Read more

Here Come the Hand Exoskeletons

Here Come the Hand Exoskeletons

Tenodesis splints – the clunky metal splints that help quadriplegics use their fingers. I remember when I was fitted for mine in 1993. It went up to my elbow and wrapped around my first two fingers and thumb; a smart little device that moved my three digits open and closed whenever I pulled up my wrist. Read more

Tiffiny Carlson Speaking at the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund

A Foundation After My Own Heart: The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund

When something tragic happens like a spinal cord injury, friends and family often feel helpless. It can be difficult seeing someone you love become paralyzed, which is why many come together to form spinal cord injury foundations, either to raise money for research or to help make the quality of life better for people living with SCI. Read more