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Things I'd Like to See: 7 Outrageous Inventions for Wheelchair Users

Things I’d Like to See: 7 Outrageous Inventions for Wheelchair Users

Some of these inventions for wheelchair users undoubtedly already exist, but I guarantee that some of them don’t (generally because they are outlandish or endearingly impractical), but each of them puts a spotlight on one of the small but troublesome dilemmas that plague my particular corner of the disability universe. I am guessing I am not completely alone. And the more small problems that get solved cheaply, easily and practically, the more time we disabled folk have left over for higher level functions.

The Wheelchair Front-Plow

A wide, V-shaped flexible plow that easily attaches to the front of your chair, like a snowplow but for light-duty use. Made of stiffened rubber or some durable, flexible but strong plastic, it would hug the ground and push all manner of objects in your path out of the way. It would have to be wide enough to direct items beyond the reach of your back wheels so you don’t crunch them on your way through. All those years of navigating a living room strewn with Lego pieces after the kids went to bed would have been a lot easier with this implement. A corollary design might have brushes, allowing you to sweep the floor like those drivable lawnmowers handle a field, and you would just make a long, systematic pass through your house to clean up.

The Back Hook Implant

Chris Locke wakes up ready for anything now.

Breathing: CPAP for Sleep Apnea

Chris Locke was placed on CPAP for sleep apnea, and it was life-changing. “I’m able to think and hold a conversation. I have more patience to deal with BS. And I’ve lost weight.”

Who Killed “New York’s Toughest Detective”? — An Ironside Post-Mortem

Who Killed “New York’s Toughest Detective”? — An Ironside Post-Mortem

Don’t blame the failure of NBC’s Ironside reboot on anything to do with disability and its depiction on film and TV. As TV cops and rednecks are so fond of saying, that dog don’t hunt.

No Relay for Old Men: An Inclusive Mountain-to-Sea Race

No Relay for Old Men: An Inclusive Mountain-to-Sea Race

Max Woodbury, 41, a C6 quadriplegic, took part in the Hood to Coast Relay race using a handcycle. The annual event begins on Mount Hood in Oregon’s Cascade Range and ends at Seaside, Ore., a distance of about 200 miles. Teams consist of 12 runners who run three legs each — averaging about 5.5 miles per leg — and travel in two vans when not running. The race is continuous, with no regular sleep or meals, just occasional naps or snacks. For a few elite runners, the race is serious business. But for most participants, as many as 15,000, the race and the ending party on the beach is a fun event rather than a competition.

SCI Life: Hope from Down Under

SCI Life: Hope from Down Under

Rhiannon Tracey, from Melbourne, Australia, was enjoying a beautiful day at a resort in Bali when a dive into the pool changed her life forever. She was only 20 years old.

Mike Ervin

Ervin: White Elephant Disaster

If I become a hoarder, it won’t be my damn fault. You can blame it on sick children. The little runts pulled a fast one on me by moving from their raggedy old hospital into a shiny new one. And never did anyone stop for one minute to consider how this move would affect me. […]

Bob Vogel

Para/Medic: Wound VAC Therapy

Q. I’m a T3 para, just now back in my chair after spending many months in bed healing a small pressure sore that was right over my left ischium (butt bone). I managed to heal it on my own, but the toughest part of the healing process was having to constantly change the dressing because […]

Crip Buzz: People With Paralysis Unite: We Want More Than Equality, We Want a Cure

Crip Buzz: People With Paralysis Unite: We Want More Than Equality, We Want a Cure

Ever since my injury three years ago I have been determined to show the world that people with disabilities can be just as happy, independent and productive as those without disabilities.

Letters: November 2013

The September issue highlighted two similar but very different methods for keeping our paralyzed legs active [“E-Stim for Wellness”]. Both are effective — FES bikes maintain muscle and circulation, while FES rowing provides for muscle and bone growth as well as all-body cardiovascular fitness.

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Wish vs. Reality

Sex and disability used to be strange bedfellows, but no more. After decades of declaring that cultural stereotyping is responsible for the misconception that disabled people are mostly asexual, maybe it’s time we changed our tune. Two television series, Push Girls, and now the remade Ironside, have been hawking sexuality like peanuts at Yankee Stadium. […]