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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 […]

Alternative therapies to be covered?

Alternative therapies to be covered?

Massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care – the three big alternative therapies. If Chanda Hinton Leichtle has anything to do with it, they will soon be covered by Medicaid. She’s on a mission to change what Medicaid covers in regards to alternative therapy. The reason Chanda cares so much about alternative therapies is simple: They saved […]

Temperature balancing blankets

For a lot of people with disabilities, uninterrupted sleep is next to impossible. Whether you have to wake up to turn or to catheterize, getting 8 hours in a row? Forget about it. I haven’t got that in 1 ½ years, and the one time I did, oh man, I felt like I was on […]

8 Air Travel Tips for Higher Level Quadriplegics

8 Air Travel Tips for Higher Level Quadriplegics

Q. I’m 28 years old and in my fourth year as a C4 complete quadriplegic. I have no movement below my shoulders and drive my chair with a chin control. It has a headrest, and power recline with elevating leg-rests. A group of friends is planning a reunion in the Florida Keys, and they invited […]

Jamboxx: Making Music Just a Breath Away

Jamboxx: Making Music Just a Breath Away

Tobias Koslowski lost the ability to play music five years ago, due to muscular dystrophy, but today he’s writing and performing saxophone with the help of the Jamboxx, a breath-driven musical instrument. The device and accompanying software allows novices and professional musicians alike to play 200-plus sounds — from electric guitar to oboe — right […]

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