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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘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, 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.
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 […]
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 […]
Here is a sampling of the cool, mobility-enhancing equipment that wheelers and clinicians were able to see, touch and experience at this year’s ISS exhibit hall.
ConvertaStep is a platform lift that raises the wheelchair user from sidewalk level to deck or porch level quickly and easily, and without taking up as much space as a ramp. A video of the product in action is viewable at the company’s website. Contact Convertastep, 260/969-8645; www.convertastep.com. Troy Technologies’ Wheelchair Travel Bags are built […]