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Washing Hands – How To | Quadriplegic (C5,C6,C7)

Published: July 6, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Washing hands after experiencing a Spinal Cord Injury is an important role in preventing UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections). Continue Reading »

Technology helps disabled lead more enriching lives

Published: June 26, 2017

On any given day up to 25 individuals with varied disabilities are hard at work in the EP!C Hub computer lab in Peoria, earning a paycheck and cultivating independence thanks to assistive technology.

The Hub has a variety of adaptive equipment, including specialized keyboards and screen-reading software. Hub workers with disabilities design and print flyers, posters and calendars; create business cards; and even make and sell their own greeting cards.

“Technology definitely helps them to work and live a more rewarding fulfilling productive life. Because a lot of them have those abilities; they just need a little bit of assistance,” said Lauren Coyle, EP!C’s director of specialized programs. Continue Reading »

5 Ways to Get Cool FAST with a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 8, 2017

The human body is a marvel. Somehow it ended up with the ability to cool itself via sweat, but when you have a spinal cord injury this ability is turned off. Many are shocked to hear this, but when you have a spinal cord injury, you really can no longer sweat. Not surprisingly, this can cause some pretty gnarly health scares.

I’ve gone through all the heat-induced scary scenarios you can imagine as a result, and as the years march on I’ve noticed my temperature regulation is worse than ever (if that is even possible; oh quadriplegia you tricky minx). But I guess this is what comes with aging. Something to look forward to for all you kiddos out there. Continue Reading »

Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Published: May 16, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Designed for Todd S.

Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist. Continue Reading »

Why I Don’t Let Adversity Define My Life After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: April 23, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

I love lacing up my turquoise Nike running shoes each morning.

However, every time I leave my house, going for a jog is the furthest thing from my mind as the door closes behind me. In fact, I will go out of my way to avoid a set of stairs like it’s the plague. And if I get somewhere and the elevator is out of order, well let’s just say it can sour my mood quicker than a cold cup of coffee.

In spite of all this, I certainly don’t consider myself to be an individual in possession of an indolent nature. Actually, I’m more productive than most people I know. I just don’t use my feet right now. Continue Reading »

Common Myths about Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: April 12, 2017

The internet can be a gift and a curse at the same time. It offers the potential of providing people with some very valuable information, but also allows for a lot of misconstrued and ill-informed ideas. This has created quite a large amount of confusion and that can be very dangerous for those seeking medical advice.

With the many assumptions that have been made about those who have experienced spinal cord injuries, it is extremely important that these ideas aren’t interpreted as facts. Families who are now learning to cope with SCI already have a lot to consider and do not need these false claims guiding them down the wrong path. Continue Reading »

Memoirs of a Body – A Short Documentary

Published: April 10, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A short documentary called Memoirs of a Body, which takes a unique look at how we physically embody our sense of self through the life of Josh “Staff” Marshbanks. Continue Reading »

10 of the most significant advances in spinal injury repair

Published: April 7, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Until World War II, people with spinal cord injuries had few treatment or rehabilitation options. And even today, spinal cord injuries can have catastrophic effects on everything from mobility to sensation, bladder, bowel and sexual function.

However, over the past 20 years, several breakthroughs in spinal cord repair and technology have emerged. No single breakthrough has achieved a full repair, but each has advanced our understanding of the complexities of spinal cord injuries. Here are ten of the most important advances in spinal cord injury repair. Continue Reading »

Working or volunteering after a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 20, 2017

The majority of spinal cord injuries are still caused by traumatic events, such as road traffic accidents or falls. Sports injuries and violence are also common causes of spinal cord injuries. A (so-called) non-traumatic injury can occur because of arthritis, inflammation, infections or disc degeneration of the spine that can cause compression and therefore damage to the spinal cord. The incidence of non-traumatic injuries is increasing, partly due to better reporting but also due to the impact of an increasingly aging population. Continue Reading »

General Medical Concerns for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 7, 2017

When a health concern comes up, how do you know what kind of health care provider to see? Continue Reading »