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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, […]

Oh, no, not the snow!

Oh, no, not the snow!

With a huge swath of the country covered by mounds of snow, it’s time to face a seasonal truth: for wheelers, unless you’re skiing or otherwise playing in the snow, dealing with the snow and the cold stinks! Big wheels caked with snow. Small wheels covered in dirty slush. All four wheels bringing snow and […]

From the news - believe them or not!

From the news – believe them or not!

You can go through a whole week, maybe even a month, thinking that life is getting easier for people with disabilities. But then you come across some news items that jolt you off that cloud of delusion. Borrowing a page from Mr. Ripley, I present you with three recent news items and challenge you to […]

Online shopping: what a gift!

Online shopping: what a gift!

It feels like a cyber assault these last couple of days every time I signed into my email account and find countless, screaming offers for CYBER MONDAY DEALS! BIG DISCOUNTS! FREE SHIPPING! ONE-OF-A KIND SAVINGS!  Whoa. How much online Christmas shopping can one person handle? As it turns out – quite a lot. But I […]

Three Easy Ways to Get the Most out of Wheelchair Manufacturer Websites

Three Easy Ways to Get the Most out of Wheelchair Manufacturer Websites

From interactive features to Facebook pages to YouTube channels, this past year has delivered wheelchair manufacturer websites with more consumer resources than ever. Many of these sites offer a consumer-controlled multimedia experience, where from your computer, smart phone or tablet, you can access an astounding array of comparison shopping information on the latest wheelchairs. 1. […]

One way to protect your skin while using a lift like this is to sit on your wheelchair cushion.

‘Beyond the Chair’ Skin Protection

During our daily lives we wheelchair users sit on a variety of surfaces that we may not think of in terms of cushioning, but should. Here are some “skin danger culprits” and options to cushion them and protect your skin.

We're Wheelie Cooking Now

We’re Wheelie Cooking Now

For info and tips about cooking with a disability, check out this blog, a place to share tips and ideas of how to cook with limited dexterity, reach and energy.

Neurotech for Pain and Bladder Control

Neurotech for Pain and Bladder Control

Neurotechnology, the application of medical electronics to the human nervous system, is a field that addresses many needs of people with disabilities.

Hydrophilic Catheters May Reduce UTI Risk But Need a Separate Code

In the past, urinary tract infections were the primary cause of death for people with spinal cord injury. Today, those with SCI continue to have urinary tract complications, with UTI remaining the number one cause of hospital readmission. However, advances in intermittent catheterization — namely the use of hydrophilic-coated catheters — have reduced the risk […]