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Bob Vogel

Para/Medic: Peristeen: New Option for Bowel Management

Use of Peristeen can reduce bowel accidents, prevent constipation and reduce UTIs.

Toddler Wheelchairs Let Kids be Kids

Toddler Wheelchairs Let Kids be Kids

Children with disabilities are denied so many opportunities and learning experiences when they can’t move around independently, which is why I’m so excited to see the recent development trend of toddler wheelchairs. Finally, a way has arrived to help these little guys to interact with the world. Why is this important? Kids with disabilities often […]

Bob Vogel

Para/Medic: Unna Boot Compression Therapy For Wounds

Q. A friend of a friend who is a T6 para gets swelling in her lower legs. Somehow she developed a sore on the outside of her lower right calf, but she doesn’t remember any pressure or trauma to the area.  The sore wouldn’t heal even though she spent months with it elevated.  She finally […]

SCI Tips: How to Survive Frigid Temperatures

SCI Tips: How to Survive Frigid Temperatures

While the environmentalists and climate change deniers battle it out over why last week’s polar vortex happened, we folks with SCI or similar disabilities need to focus on how to survive frigid temperatures. It’s not easy staying warm when you’re rolling around in a wheelchair in dangerously low temperatures. In fact, it can be a […]

Dear Santa: here's my wish list

Dear Santa: here’s my wish list

This time of year we’re bombarded with silly TV commercials trying to sell us even sillier gift ideas, ranging from Chia pets to underwear, potato chips and everything in between. This year, though, when I saw the ad for “the Clapper,” I thought, “hmm, that might actually be useful.” Wouldn’t  it be a kick to […]

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

Bob Vogel’s 12 Holiday Gifts for Wheelchair Users

‘Tis the season for holiday gift lists. For about eight years after my injury in 1985, I was bothered by annual variations of “gift ideas for wheelchair users,” and I couldn’t figure out why. I’d learned to live and thrive as an adventurous T10 para, and would have been thrilled with a gift of, say, […]

New National Network for Peer Support Launched

The Buoniconti Fund and United Spinal Association have created the Spinal Network, a national network of peer support groups with the goal of connecting people with spinal cord injuries to the best resources and helping them live independent and active lives. “There are a variety of SCI/D support groups out there, both new and old. […]

Wheelchair jean designers, new & old

Wheelchair jean designers, new & old

Out of everything I’ve tried to wear in my wheelchair, jeans have always been one of the most disappointing things I’ve put on. They just never look right. Bulky, awkward, unflattering – jeans rarely look good when you’re sitting. No joke, I stopped wearing jeans altogether until skinny jeans and jeggings came out. But there […]

New 'lever chair' changing lives

New ‘lever chair’ changing lives

Levers. This new ‘lever’ propelling feature for wheelchairs isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We saw it first in the Wijit, and now it’s becoming a godsend to people in wheelchairs all around the globe. The Leveraged Freedom Chair, a brand new inexpensively-designed wheelchair made for developing countries, is opening up the world to people with […]

Warming up tricks

Warming up tricks

When it’s bone-chilling cold out and you can’t walk, warming back up again is no easy feat. What usually takes a half hour tops, takes three hours if you’re sedentary. Yes, I have timed it, and it’s hard not to when the wait is so long. When you’re lying in bed, wondering why you can’t […]