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“My everyday life is not ‘legendary’, any more than yours is” -Tim Rushby-Smith

Published: January 18, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tim Rushby-Smith with wife and daughterWhy should taking my kids to the beach be a source of inspiration? There’s so much more we could talk about than the fact I’ve left the house.

I was on the beach with my family recently. As I made my way along the sand watching my kids in the surf, a man playing cricket with his son called out to me. “It’s great you’re getting out and about. You’re a legend. A real legend.”

I smiled back, somewhat baffled, and continued on my way. I was well up the beach before I had decoded his comment. My mere presence on the beach had so filled this man with admiration that he felt moved to place me in the company of Achilles. Continue Reading »

Breaking Bad: Dozens Of Tourists Suffer Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: January 11, 2016

Too many people are ignoring or simply not understanding the warning signs posted at many public beaches.

Just hours after starting his Hawaii vacation, Todd Duitsman was paralyzed from the neck down.

Duitsman and his family flew from Seattle to Maui in July 2014. They dropped their bags at their condo, got a bite to eat and drove straight to Makena’s Big Beach.

An hour later, Duitsman was body surfing in the shore break. Continue Reading »

I went from trauma clinician to patient with life-changing injuries

Published: December 3, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

life-changing injuriesI was a healthy physiotherapist cycling to work when I was hit by a car – and suffered the injuries I used to treat

In November 2008 I was cycling through Greenwich Park as part of my daily commute to the Royal London hospital. I saw a car suddenly turn in front of me and I knew I couldn’t miss it. Time froze for an instant as I prayed for a miracle to save me. That is THE moment that changed me, no other moment has had such a profound impact on my life. Continue Reading »

Company surprises employee with high-tech wheelchair

Published: October 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

WATERBORO (WGME) — A company known for its top-secret tanks is keeping its biggest and best secret for one of their own.

For the past four months employees at Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro have been secretly building a “Ripchair 3.0” for Tony Tulo, a salesperson at the company who is paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

The iPhone setting that changed this man’s life

Published: October 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Todd StabelfeldtTodd Stabelfeldt is sending his wife a romantic text. He taps his chin on a button mounted on his wheelchair, then grins, pleased with his wooing.

A quadriplegic since he was 8, Stabelfeldt can’t move anything below his neck. Now a 36-year-old engineer and business owner, he’s turned his wheelchair into a powerful mobile communication hub using switches, a Bluetooth headset and an iPhone 6.

He averages a phone call every six minutes and sends more than 100 texts a day. He’s not much for social media other than LinkedIn (LNKD), but loves to check his elaborate smart-home set up, read books, listen to podcasts and look up recipes online. Frequently outside on the move, he uses the Strava app to track how many miles he racks up. Continue Reading »

Looking beyond the wheels

Published: October 14, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

As Robert Thompkins climbed to the top of Green Valley Falls in September 2005, he had no idea that in a few short moments he would never walk again.

He made the decision to jump off a cliff into the water below, never knowing how incredibly shallow it was. As he hit the rocks beneath the surface, he severed his spinal cord from the T12 to the L3 vertebrae. He was 25.

Such an accident can either destroy a person’s ability to see the beauty in life or reinforce it. The now 33-year-old Thompkins chose the latter. Continue Reading »

Richmond man’s invention gets global attention

Published: October 9, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Handizap Sixth DigitRICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – When we first met Joshua Smith back in March, he introduced us to the Sixth Digit.

It’s a lofty invention, which allows people who don’t have adequate use of their arms and hands to type and press buttons easier.

Now, just six months later, Josh’s invention has sparked a lot of interest.

“We shipped over a hundred rings out to different countries and states and rehab centers and non-profits for sampling,” Smith says. Continue Reading »

Life of “WHEELCHAIR BOUND” and “CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR”

Published: September 7, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

we are not confined or bound to our wheelchairs

Bond, ropes, captivity, the impossibility of movement and similar association are exactly what most people think when they hear the words “confined to” and “bound”. It is not wrong. Does then it make any sense to say that someone is “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound”? No,it is absolutely pointless! Continue Reading »

Artist Invents Tools That Enable Kids With Disabilities To Paint

Published: July 20, 2015

When Madison was first diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, her doctor didn’t know a whole lot about the genetic condition. Continue Reading »

REINVENTING THE WHEEL: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: July 14, 2015

Reinventing the Wheel Reveca Torres21 Photographers + 21 People with Spinal Cord Injury = 21 Photo Stories about ABILITY

The NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH + MEDICINE CHICAGO, with KEEPSAYK LLC, a pioneering Chicago Tech Startup, and BACKBONES, a nonprofit providing support for people with spinal cord injuries, announce the online debut of an innovative collaborative awareness project, Reinventing the Wheel: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury, in recognition of ADA25, the 25 anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Continue Reading »