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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

Surprise! Infomercials Are For Us

Surprise! Infomercials Are For Us

Many people chuckle at the frustrations illustrated by people in infomercials, and cry out “Lazy!”. I don’t fault them for this, but if you look closely, you’ll notice the seemingly simple task is a struggle.  Read more

Top-10-Special-Needs-Products-of-2016

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

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

New Stay-Cool Tricks for SCI: 2016 Edition

New Stay-Cool Tricks for SCI: 2016 Edition

The heat is finally on again this year, and oh Lordy does it seem to be getting hotter every year I’ve been paralyzed. With icecaps melting and record highs already happening across the US, I couldn’t think of a better time for a brand new list of items to help you stay cool. Read more

The Cheapest Power Add-On for Manual Wheelchairs Yet?

One of the biggest things you need to be worried about as a manual wheelchair-user are your shoulders. This is what they tell you when you’re first injured and they’re not kidding. But what do you do as the years progress and you’re not ready to switch over to a power wheelchair yet? 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