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New Mobile App Promotes Fitness for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Published: February 10, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Shepherd Center, in collaboration with MobileSmith, has developed a mobile app called SCI-Ex to promote fitness for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, provides video demonstrations with detailed descriptions of proper equipment use, accurate transfer methods and adaptive exercise techniques.

“There is some information online and still photos of exercises, but until now, there have not been any user-friendly, in-depth videos of exercises for people with spinal cord injury,” said Nicholas Evans, one of the lead exercise specialists at Shepherd Center. “SCI-Ex doesn’t just present exercises, but incorporates the proper techniques to use assistive devices, proper transferring methods, and how to manage those methods and/or devices in a facility.” Continue Reading »

Assistive Technology: A Love Story

Published: January 31, 2017 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Todd Stabelfeldt and Karen StabelfeldtTecla user’s love story comes true with the help of assistive technology

TORONTO, January 31, 2017 – In a world where most communication now occurs via text instead of in person, one out of five cell phone owners report feeling closer to their spouse or partner because of exchanges they’ve had via text message and eighty percent report that they’ve “sexted” within the past year. But what if you couldn’t enjoy the intimacy of private texting due to limited mobility? You might say that Tecla — which allows individuals with limited upper body mobility to use their mobile devices hands-free — is a dating game-changer. Continue Reading »

Digital glasses for people without use of arms wins major award in Dundee

Published: January 21, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Digital glasses which assist people who don’t have the use of their arms have been named the best new product at a prestigious awards ceremony.

GlassOuses, which use Bluetooth to connect to computers, phones and televisions, won the prize at the Blackwood Design Awards. The glasses were the brainchild of Mehmet Turker, who is based in Hong Kong.

Judges from across Scottish industries opted to give the top prize to the glasses in a category which also included a brace for people who have a weakness in the knee or an injury that impairs their ability to stand or walk independently. Continue Reading »

BOOK: No Backing Down

Published: January 17, 2017 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Quadriplegic Refuses to Let Disability Hinder Happiness

John Thompson showcases the power of determination and self-belief in new book

OLYMPIA, WA (PRWEB) January 17, 2017 – John Thompson was only a boy when a car stuck him, leaving him a quadriplegic. Despite the paralysis of both arms and legs, Thompson used his personal setbacks as motivation to drive forward and create a fulfilling life for himself. He now looks to inspire others to do the same with his book “No Backing Down.” Continue Reading »

Magic Fingers SMS Helper – Connect SMS Messages to IFTTT

Published: January 6, 2017 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury:

Who is it For?

Anybody really, but I (Stuart Turner) am quadriplegic and we developed this so I could call for help, especially in the middle of the night. Using Magic Fingers I can use the voice recognition on my smartphone to text message my smart lightbulbs and flash them different colours (blue for assistance, red for emergency help, etc). In this way I can signal carers or family immediately, wherever they are in the house, without yelling for ages. It’s obviously highly adaptable and extensible, however, and can be used to “press” many kinds of “button” / trigger many kinds of actions. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic retrofits truck to accommodate special needs

Published: December 28, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ryan Baetke's modified accessible truckLingering cleanup chores, tasks he didn’t attend to during the holiday weekend, consume Ryan Baetke’s Monday night at his home just north of Davenport.

From the seat of his motorized wheelchair, the 48-year-old sweeps the floor of his garage as his “sidekick,” a golden retriever named Annie, gnaws on a bone. As he scoops the dust into a garbage can, Baetke motions to another sidekick nearby.

At first glance, the 2015 GMC Sierra parked in the adjacent bay doesn’t appear to be anything special. Continue Reading »

The mind-reading robotic hand that lets quadriplegic people grasp everyday objects

Published: December 6, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Scientists have developed a robotic interface which could help to restore fine hand movements in paraplegics.

By combining an electrode cap with an exoskeleton worn over the fingers, the device translates brain signals to hand movements.

The approach could provide paraplegic patients with the fine motor control needed to carry out everyday tasks such as eating, drinking and signing documents. Continue Reading »

Accident survivor making a name in wheelchair tennis

Published: December 3, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

In the course of three years, Taylor Graham has accomplished many things: Survived a motorcycle accident, adjusted to a spinal cord injury and a new life in a wheelchair, picked up the sport of wheelchair tennis, graduated from Southeast Community College, and even got married.

So what could possibly be next?

“We have a goal of competing in the Paralympics in 2020,” said Kevin Heim, his wheelchair tennis coach. Continue Reading »

Technology helps quadriplegic Miss. man hunt deer, drive, paint

Published: November 28, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

evan-edwards-2MERIDIAN, Miss. — A little more than 30 years ago, as an 11th grader, Evan Edwards broke his neck during a tackle in a football game. A C4-5 quadriplegic, the eastern Mississippi man cannot move his lower body, wrists or hands.

He eats by moving special utensils tucked into his wrist brace with his shoulder and elbow. His Mississippi State University cup — representing his alma mater — hooks onto his arm so he can drink from the extra-long straw. A pointer on the end of his brace acts like a finger, pushing the buttons that unlock his van and activate his voice-command environmental controls. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic uses painting skills to inspire others

Published: November 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

brendon-swartz-1Cape Town – After losing the use of his limbs 14 years ago, Brenton Swartz could have given up on life.

He was shot, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. But the quadriplegic, who studied architecture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, refused to let life get him down.

Swartz is now an accomplished mouth artist, and used his skill of painting with his mouth to inspire severely disabled children in light of Disability Awareness Month, next month. Continue Reading »