Answer – It’s an adaptive oven rack pusher/puller!

This is an oven aid designed for use by individuals with neurological, fine motor, grasping mobility or upper extremity disabilities, have a spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy, and other people who use wheelchairs. This device with a U-shaped notch at one end and a long handle at the other so that the user can push in a hot oven rack without being burned. It also has hook-shaped notches that can be used to pull a hot oven rack out of the oven.

Stay cool handle. High heat resistant to 645°F/340°C.

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BLOG – New Video about Sex and Intimacy

Hear peoples' experiences coping with "intimacy impairment" after Spinal Cord Injury.

Recently, two peer mentors from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA self-produced and released an eight-minute video called Spinal Cord Injury and Intimacy because they were tired of the lack of resources when it came to talking about sex, intimacy and love. In it, men and women with spinal cord injuries talk about their experiences with intimacy in a stream of beautifully candid answers to the questions many people have. Each person interviewed comes from different backgrounds and are of varying ages.

Here is the video’s description:
Genuine intimacy in human relationships requires dialogue, transparency, vulnerability, and reciprocity. Intimacy combines passion, commitment, friendship, and love creating a desire for ongoing close interaction. Intimate relationships are social, intellectual, spiritual and can be physical. They support work, leisure, and learning. Unfortunately, at a time of catastrophe like Spinal Cord Injury, diminished body image, self-worth and therefore probability of success in developing intimate relationships, might lead one to believe their time would be better spent learning how to be “comfortably alone.” This can create a great sadness. Hear from these peoples’ experiences coping with intimacy impairment after Spinal Cord Injury.

You can watch the video below:

More on the project:

Pete Anziano, (Pictured below) Manager of the Peer Mentoring Program at Shepherd answered a few questions for us about the video. His heartfelt answers are eye-opening.



Pete Anziano

Q: How did this project come to light?
Pete: Over the years working in Peer Support at Shepherd CenterMinna Hong (another peer support coordinator) and I have become aware of a major impact people’s ability to feel safe with vulnerability…Intimacy. The capacity to bear one’s self entirely. We wanted to do something to address this so people would not feel alone with the challenges they’re facing with


Minna Hong

intimacy after Spinal Cord Injury. So we interviewed over a dozen individuals and couples living with SCI. Continue reading

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Quiz Answer – It’s a Wheelchair Wheel Pouch

Store your stuff - at a convenient distance

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-11-09-16-amYet another great invention some wheelchair users can’t live without. That’s because it’s a great place to store frequently used items for short term use. This item also makes it much easier than a backpack to access.

The large outer pouch can carry reading materials, clothing articles and personal items. The larger inner pouch secures cell phones, remotes and valuables.

It even has an easy to launder quilted, fabric which attaches to most wheelchairs with secure hook and loop fasteners.

Some reviews of the product claim;

“This is something I really needed but did not know existed. I can store all of his catheter supplies in here and other things with no fear of them being lost. There are three pockets, which are all useful.” Continue reading

Blog – A Closer Look at Adaptive Technology

Facebook has changed the way people talk about spinal cord injury

Recently, began an interactive Facebook quiz called, “What the Heck is It?” – a game that asks our fans about simple pieces of adaptive technology to see if they can guess what they are. One example is this image of an adaptive steering wheel handle. It got people talking. Even though the object was easy to guess, it prompted lots of arguments about using it. Some thought it was  too dangerous, while others said they couldn’t live without it. This single post brought almost 90 comments.

The responses reminded us that the way adaptive technology is used is highly personal. What makes the wide range of adaptive technology available today so necessary is that not every person with a disability will like using the same adaptive tool or will use it in the same way. Continue reading

Quiz Answer – It’s a guitar pick!

Adaptable Zero Gravity Orbit

Even with certain types of finger and hand weakness, those with paralysis can play the guitar.

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-10-57-29-amThe grippy soft rubber tether is molded over and through the unique pick-head to create an ergonomic handle. The Orbit keeps the guitar pick where the musician wants it; always in dynamic playing alignment. The custom design fits all hand sizes, and can accommodate both left and right-handed players.

People that have tried it say they like the idea – and the best part is they can’t drop it. screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-11-16-41-am

For a quick video demonstration and review of the Orbit, see this lovely young woman walk you through exactly how it works here.

For more on adapting through occupational therapy see:

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Quiz Answer – It’s an accessible tap for a bottle

Milk, water, juice or iced tea? What will you choose?

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 9.07.59 AMThis tap is an automatic drink dispenser making it easier to quickly access the beverage of choice. It fits right on milk jugs, juice bottles and containers because the silicone universal cap fits most tops. It works like a straw that sucks up the liquid, and then when you push the tap out the drink comes out. Continue reading

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.


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