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Behind the Wheel of a New Van

Behind the Wheel of a New Van

Wow, am I sitting up high now!  So high in fact, I can see over almost all the other vehicles on the road. What a feeling of power behind the wheel!  It’s also one of the benefits of ditching my much smaller and lower Honda Civic for a  newly equipped and very accessible van. I’ve […]

The Cybathlon: A Powered Adaptive Device Competition

The Cybathlon: A Powered Adaptive Device Competition

When I first read about the Cybathlon Competition that will take place on Oct. 8, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, I thought it was an Onion article. But I checked it out, and the powered adaptive device competition is legit, and sounds ultra cool. Motherboard calls it the Bionics Olympics while Slate says it’s “awesome,” and […]

Check Out the AbilityOne Design Challenge

Check Out the AbilityOne Design Challenge

Have you heard about the AbilityOne design challenge? It’s an assistive technology competition for both high school and collegiate level participants sponsored by AbilityOne, a single source non-profit employment agency that’s helped over 50,000 people with disabilities find jobs. This agency particularly helps that those with visual impairments and significant disabilities. A very cool thing […]

Adapted Video Game Controller Finds Kickstarter Success

Adapted Video Game Controller Finds Kickstarter Success

Adapted video game controllers are nothing new. We’ve seen several offered by an array of companies since the 1980s — Broadened Horizon’s adapted controllers and Quasimoto’s adapted controllers just to name a few. But there’s a new video controller in town and it’s aiming to be the quickest, most precise controller yet for quads. Dubbed […]

Empower Yourself with 3D Printable, Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Empower Yourself with 3D Printable, Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Raul Krauthausen, a 30-year-old German inventor who has osteogenesis imperfecta, has created one of the most empowering products for any wheelchair user — a portable wheelchair ramp made on a 3D printer. His idea was inspired by other disability-friendly projects he discovered after buying his 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2, such as a wheelchair […]

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, […]

E-Stim for Wellness

E-Stim for Wellness

E-stim, whether employed in FES cycling or an exciting new application of rowing exercise, offers health benefits that can improve our lives in very real ways.

Retractable Arm to the Rescue

Retractable Arm to the Rescue

Are you one of those people who covers their wheelchair in every wheelchair accessory possible? Are one of these accessories a retractable arm? If so, I don’t blame you for putting this particular accessory on your chair. It’s one of the best out there. This sweet accessory is the go-to device for wheelchair-users when they […]

Greece Seatrac Helps Disabled Swim Solo

Greece Seatrac Helps Disabled Swim Solo

As a former swimmer, this device makes me really excited. It is the Seatrac, an amazing one-of-a-kind of device that helps people with leg mobility disabilities enter the ocean without assistance. I’ve seen lifts on docks helping people with disabilities get into the water before, but I’ve never seen anything like this. This device was […]