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#ThisIsHowI Show What’s Possible!

Published: February 21, 2017

The incredible 2+ months of #ThisIsHowI photos and videos has shown us that this is what AbleThrive is all about. So rather than end the campaign, we’re baking it into our culture to continue to bring awareness and visibility to the lives and abilities of people with disabilities around the world. This is how we shatter stereotypes and show what’s possible- so we hope you’ll keep sharing your photos and videos and tag us moving forward.

GlassOuse: the world’s first assistive mouse

Published: February 1, 2017

GlassOuse is a device developed for people with disabilities to control technology HANDS FREE. GlassOuse involves complex features such as 9 Axis gyroscope and smart battery. To use: simply connect via Bluetooth to device, control cursor via head movements and bite to make a click.


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Brain implants allow paralysed monkeys to walk

Published: November 9, 2016

Swiss researchers travel to China to conduct pioneering experiment.

For more than a decade, neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine has been flying every few months from his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to another lab in Beijing, China, where he conducts research on monkeys with the aim of treating spinal-cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Autonomous Vehicle Driver’s License Puts Quadriplegic Indy Racer Back on the Road

Published: October 18, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

sam-car-1A milestone in autonomous vehicle adoption was recently reached in Nevada, when the state presented the first restricted autonomous vehicle driver’s license to Sam Schmidt. Schmidt is a former Indy racecar driver who was paralyzed in a crash in 2000, rendering him a quadriplegic.

The license pairs with a specially designed semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) developed by Arrow Electronics. The car is a modified 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray equipped with specialized control systems that allow Schmidt to drive. Continue Reading »

The Teen Actor Who’s Breaking Barriers On TV

Published: September 21, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

micah-fowler-as-jj-dimeo-on-speechlessMicah Fowler, the star of Speechless, is just your average almost-famous high school senior with a disability rights mission.

Shortly before his high school prom, actor Micah Fowler found out ABC had picked up Speechless, the sitcom in which he stars as a nonverbal teen in a family of five. Weeks later, the 18-year-old New Jersey native moved to Los Angeles with his mother to start shooting and he’s had to make some personal sacrifices for this gig: He is missing much of his sled hockey season and much of his senior year (though he still plans to graduate with his class in the spring); plus, the somewhat social media–averse teen has joined both Twitter and Instagram to promote the show. Continue Reading »

Mason Ellis – Explaining Tenodesis

Published: August 16, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

This is a video of Mason Ellis explaining Tenodesis (movement of the wrist to move fingers). Mason is a C5, C6, C7 Complete Quadriplegic (Paralysis of all four limbs) with little tricep function.

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Just Don’t Dive! Go in Feet First to Avoid Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: August 1, 2016

Diving into a pool or lake during summer activities may land you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life; over 800 people per year suffer a spinal cord injury from diving in head first. These injuries are preventable—just remember to always go in feet first when entering pools, ponds, lakes, and the ocean.

Perhaps you didn’t see a sign warning you of danger. Maybe you didn’t know that the “No Diving” sign meant the water was too shallow. Or you thought the water was deep enough because it had been the last time you dove in. But 1000 other people thought that too and ended up with broken necks, paralysis, or even worse, didn’t make it through the injury. Continue Reading »

Craig Hospital: Redefining Scuba Diving

Published: July 2, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Elizabeth “EB” Forst always felt comfortable in the water. Continue Reading »

Woman With Quadriplegia Urges Hollywood To Be More Hopeful

Published: June 25, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

This story contains spoilers for the film “Me Before You.”

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Wisconsin woman is getting a lot of attention for a blog post she wrote criticizing Hollywood’s portrayal of people who are paralyzed. Continue Reading »

The Apple Watch Will Soon Track Fitness for Wheelchair Users

Published: June 13, 2016

apple-wheelchair-users-appFitness trackers routinely measure physical activity such as running and cycling and encourage people to stand up and walk around throughout the day. But if you’re in a wheelchair, you’re out of luck.

Apple wants to change that with an upcoming Apple Watch feature announced Monday. Instead of standing breaks, people in wheelchairs will be prompted to wheel or spin their chairs around regularly. Apple will also start tracking distance, speed and calories burned during wheelchair use, just as it does for walking or running. Continue Reading »