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Elevated Wheelchair Spoke Art Finally Arrives

Elevated Wheelchair Spoke Art Finally Arrives

A lot of things have been getting elevated lately. From restaurant fare to where people go on vacation, there is a trend out there that’s all about making things better than they have been; “becoming elevated” as they like to say, and I’m happy to report that it has finally hit the wheelchair spoke art scene. Read more

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Top 10 Special Needs Products of 2016

As a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, I am always on the lookout for products that can improve my son’s life. Here’s my favorite adaptive products of 2016. Read more

Holiday Gift Shopping

Holiday Gift Shopping

It’s the holiday season and that means shopping. What are some great gifts for that person in your life who has special needs? Are you finding toys that are appropriate and stimulating? Shopping can be a tough experience when there are sensory issues or limited functions involved. Read more

Knowing What You Need: A Journey in Adaptation

Knowing What You Need: A Journey in Adaptation

For some people with disabilities, particularly those who acquired their disability later in life, there is a stigma surrounding adaptive devices. People don’t want to appear disabled, as though it is a sign of weakness. A lot of the time people delay getting devices they could be using to further their independence. They don’t know where to turn or who to ask for help. Finding emotional support throughout this transition is hard. 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

Parenting a Newborn After a SCI

Parenting a Newborn After a SCI

Olivia Grace was welcomed into our family at the beginning of June 2015 via surrogate after a long struggle of two and a half years of multiple miscarriages. Our sister in law was kind enough to offer to carry a baby for us after my partial hysterectomy. We lost a child halfway through pregnancy in 2013 and then suffered multiple miscarriages with our surrogate. It had gotten to the point where I did not think that having a baby was ever going to be in the cards for our family. We had stopped trying at one point and looked into adoption, but the birth mother had changed her mind and decided to parent instead of placing her child. It had been a very long road to complete our family. All that matters now is that she is here and she is absolutely perfect in every possible way. Read more

Personalizing Your Child's Wheelchair

Personalizing Your Child’s Wheelchair

Using a wheelchair can make children stand out in an unwanted way among their young peers. There are a lot of ways to customize a child’s wheelchair to make it a point of interest and a great conversation piece to draw other children in and have them asking questions. The market for customization has expanded from more than custom paint jobs, saddle bags, and seat covers. You can have superhero spoke covers and armrest animals to bring a visual interest and comfort to your child’s chair. Read more

Nest Thermostat

A Little Less Paralyzed with My Nest

A lot of things happen to your body after a spinal cord injury, but one of the most annoying is your body’s inability to regulate its temperature. You go from hot and cold like a woman going through menopause and there’s not much you can do about it. Layers, space heaters, fans that spray water, there’s a lot of weapons I use in my fight to stay comfortable. Read more

Living with a SCI: 5 Lessons from 2015

Living with a SCI: 5 Lessons from 2015

Each year I’m always learning something despite being paralyzed for over 20 years. The wisest people will always say there’s always something more to learn, and this is so true when you have a spinal cord injury. I will admit however, I’m surprised every year when this happens. Read more

When No Experts Can Help, DIY It

Wheelchair-users are no strangers to the world of DIY, that’s “do-it-yourself” for those not aware. DIY everything and anything has helped people with disabilities in amazing ways. From DIY ramps to DIY beach wheelchairs, the things people can create to help improve their lives if they have a disability are nonstop. Read more