Quiz Answer

It's a fancy adaptive steering wheel knob

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 11.12.34 AMThis is an adaptive spinner knob that enables smooth, comfortable one-handed use of the steering wheel for someone with good grip. It enables the driver to be able to turn the steering wheel from the knob instead of turning the wheel itself. Continue reading

QUIZ – What the Heck is it?

What in the world is this adaptive piece of equipment?

Answer: It’s an adaptive multiple pocket tool-set for getting dresssed.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 10.23.23 AMModeled after a swiss army pocket knife, this little gem helps with tiny buttons and zippers. It’s a great addition to things a person living with paralysis might need to maintain independence while dressing.

The designers of this tool thought of nearly everything!

With four separate tools, the PocketDresser helps with pant buttons and zippers, shirt and collar buttons, coat zippers, shoelaces and more.

Limited gripping capability? No problem! The PocketDresser comes with an adjustable hand strap that can fit around your whole hand, wrist or arm. Continue reading

Blog – High School with a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

By: Cindy Kolbe

In May of 2000, my fourteen-year-old daughter looked forward to making the volleyball team at her new school. Instead, Beth would begin her freshman year with a C6-7 spinal cord injury, the result of a car accident near our hometown in Ohio. I worried endlessly about school and her future.

“You don’t really have time to cope with things,” Beth said. “You just kind of get thrown back into the world.”

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Beth in her first days after rehab

She cut her stay short at the rehab hospital to start her first year of high school on time. She refused the easier option: tutoring. No matter that she was pale, tired, weak, and susceptible to infection. No matter that she could only push herself a short distance in her new manual wheelchair before her arms trembled and exhaustion set in.

 

“Life is about making choices. At this point, some people may have taken a year off of school to rest and build their strength at home. I wanted to start at Tiffin Columbian High School with the rest of my freshman class.”

Three months after the accident, a rare intense storm ushered in the first morning of school with hard driving rain. In the parking lot, I pulled Beth’s wheelchair from the trunk, zoomed to her open door, scooped her legs over the doorway, grabbed the side of her jeans, and lifted her to the wheelchair. My older daughter Maria held an umbrella over us until it broke. The soaked girls entered the building together.

“I began high school as a different person than I was in junior high.” Continue reading

BLOG – Accessible Parking Abuse Cut

By 80 Percent in Texas Town!

By: Mack Marsh

Project Director of Access Empowerment and responsible for the daily operations of the Parking Mobility program to end “accessible parking abuse”. Most importantly, Mack is “Dad” to two children and is actively involved in their school and sports careers. On any given weekend, Mack and the boys can be found at any local fishing spot, camping in the great outdoors or on an adventure pushing the boundaries of their abilities. Since Mack’s injury, he and the boys have planned a different adventure every year, the only requirement is that it has to include something they haven’t done before.

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15 years ago I experienced a C7 spinal cord injury. I use a powerchair and drive a ramp van. After my injury, it became apparent there were hurdles and barriers to accessing my community. As Dad to two active boys, this seemed to be magnified. My biggest disappointment was finding that accessible parking abuse seemed the one barrier that didn’t need to be. Countless trips to ball-parks, restaurants, movies, school functions…just PM lambo report Rearabout everywhere we would see people parking without a plate or placard. Or we’d come out from a fun evening to find a car parked in the access aisle blocking the entrance to my van. Confrontation wasn’t the answer and didn’t work, it always escalated and everyone left angry.

Seven years ago, a group of friends and I were talking about accessible parking abuse and decided that evening to do something about it. We developed the “Parking Mobility” App to gather data to show the extent of the problem. We started talking to police, judges, prosecutors, administrators and community leaders. We found a vast misunderstanding of the issue. Cops didn’t see it as a priority; Judges didn’t want to punish the disability community; prosecutors dismissed 80% of violations and community leaders didn’t even know it was a problem. Continue reading

QUIZ – What the Heck is it?

What in the world is this piece of adaptive sports equipment?

ANSWER: 

It’s an adaptive bowling ramp!

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 11.36.47 AMYes, bowling!

In the past, finding a bowling ramp that allowed individuals to roll a power chair underneath was a challenge. Now, all people with paralysis can go wheelchair bowling… including those with Spina Bifida, quadriplegia, spinal cord injuries and other reasons for power wheelchair use. Ideal for a manual chair as well.

Here is a man named Jeff bowling with a league using his flaming fast ramp.  Continue reading

Quiz – What the Heck Is It?

What in the world is this piece of spinal cord injury adaptive equipment?

Answer: It’s a foot brush!

footscrubber.blogpageFor people with limited access to their feet.

This clever tool has been outfitted with a sponge for cleaning between toes and a bristle brush for the heel and toenail area.

It’s a good implement for times when performing hygiene care alone. The brush can also be adapted for those with limited hand function. Continue reading

Quiz – What the heck is it?

What in the world is this piece of spinal cord injury adaptive technology?

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.05.37 PMAnswer: It’s a phone/GPS holder with mounting clamp

This phone holder is compatible and interchangeable with most handheld devices. It has a clean and clever four leg design with great holding power — without hiding the phone behind foam pads and plastics. It’s perfect for quick and easy tool-less installation. Continue reading

BLOG ‘Finding Dory’ Makes Disability Relatable

Disney Film is Inclusive and Beautiful

Finding Dory, the long-awaited Disney/Pixar sequel to Finding Nemo (2003), is swimming its way to the top of the box office. And it’s staying there. Beyond the impressive 3D computer-animation quality, it’s the storyline that has people talking.

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 1.38.00 PMThe box office hit focuses on the amnesiac blue-tang character and explores her journey to be reunited with her parents. Because Dory has short-term memory loss, it becomes a more central theme in the new film. Throughout both movies, the filmmakers depict and incorporate the challenge in ways that are easy to appreciate. And as we remember from the original movie, Nemo has an undersized fin, which he is taught to think of as his lucky fin.

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“ME BEFORE YOU” COULD BE AN INVITATION TO SUICIDE

By Thea Flaum--Reprinted from RogerEbert.com

primary_mebeforeyou2“Live Boldly! Live Well! Just Live!” shout the ads for the tear-jerking melodrama “Me Before You,” which is based on the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes. But that’s not the message of the movie, not by a long shot.

Better Dead than Disabled is more like it.

Will Traynor, the wildly rich and incredibly handsome hero, who has quadriplegia as the result of an accident, has decided to end his life at age 35. Even though he’s fallen in love with Louisa Clark, his relentlessly charming paid companion, he decides that his life’s not worth living because it can never be the same as it was before the accident that paralyzed him.

So sympathetically is his decision portrayed in the film, so persuasive are his arguments in favor of assisted suicide to his family and Louisa, that I could almost feel the audience, comprised almost exclusively of young women sobbing into wads of Kleenex, nodding their heads in agreement.

And that’s the problem. The movie’s got it all wrong. Continue reading

Commentary: ‘Me Before You’ perpetuates idea that the disabled should consider suicide

By Ben Mattlin for the Chicago Tribune

Me before youAs press reports show, some people with disabilities have already begun to protest the new movie, “Me Before You,” which opens Friday in the U.S. The primary objection concerns the essential plot point about which romantic partner’s life counts for less, the young able-bodied woman’s or the young and severely disabled man’s. Guess who draws the short straw?

As a severely disabled man myself — I was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive neuromuscular weakness that renders me quadriplegic — I’m loath to give this movie any additional publicity. But the timing of the release could not be any more disturbing. Just a week after, on June 9, California’s so-called Death with Dignity law takes effect. The repercussions of this ghoulish juxtaposition are positively frightening.

The law — styled after its predecessors in Oregon and Washington — permits physician-assisted suicide in the nation’s most populous state, under strict regulatory controls. Nothing to worry about, supporters say. It applies only to those with terminal conditions who have been thoroughly evaluated by medical professionals.

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