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Participants with spinal cord injuries speak out their views at the International Workshop on Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries 2013 in Coimbatore
Now, this was not a routine workshop dealing with various aspects of the spine, restricting participation to just the surgeons.
Ten persons with spinal cord injuries, including one from Sri Lanka and two from Malaysia, gave a first-hand experience on how attitudinal barriers impeded mobility of paraplegics (those paralysed waist downward because of spinal cord injury) at the International Workshop on Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries 2013 Continue Reading »
A wheelchair-bound man got a placement, but couldn’t take it up as the workplace wasn’t disabled-friendly.
Meet P Shivashankar Naidu, Anjanappa SN and Shivaraj MV. They wanted to become somebodies in society and support their parents and families but have been confined to wheelchairs. They lost their mobility and sensation in their spinal cords due to injuries, but they still live in the hope of becoming self-reliant.
Shivashankar Naidu passed his PUC, and was dreaming of becoming a police constable and even passed the physical test. He was set to attend the written exam, but his destiny had other ideas. Continue Reading »
WATERLOO — Suddenly Jesse Redden needed a wheelchair and help with just about everything after a car crash damaged his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down.
“It was emotionally stressful,” said Redden, 24. “I was always an extremely active person, very independent.”
He was surprised to experience just how tough it is to get around in a wheelchair as he encountered endless obstacles, even in facilities supposedly designed for wheelchair use.
“The world is not as accessible as people think,” said the Fergus man. Continue Reading »
SALT LAKE CITY — Once he realized the sailboat was not going to sink, Danny Salazar took a deep breath and set about exploring East Canyon Reservoir.
Salazar’s fear of the water is understandable considering that even wearing a life jacket probably wouldn’t prevent him from drowning if the boat capsized.
Salazar can’t move his arms and legs, and he has a hard time breathing on his own. But the 29-year-old can blow and suck air through his mouth just enough to control a modified Mirage Tandem Island sailboat built by Hobie. Continue Reading »
This world of ours is full of barriers and limitations for individuals with disabilities; especially, those who are in power wheelchairs. But, one limitation that should not be accepted is the difficulty of airline transportation for the disabled.
The current standard for air travel for those in power wheelchairs is exhausting, dangerous, many times embarrassing and utterly unacceptable. It is also a process that has the opportunity of improving and eventually being fixed; Ben Trockman’s idea for a solution is included on his blog, which is attached below.
Such a change would knock down the current barriers of airline travel for the over three and a half million Americans who are currently wheelchair users. Everyone, absolutely everyone, should have the opportunity to travel the world by air; sign the petition if you agree. Continue Reading »
CASA GRANDE, Arizona — A Casa Grande man who is a former U.S. Border Patrol agent created and patented a video game controller for people with severe spinal cord injuries.
Luis Pena formed LP Accessible Technologies and created the controller out of necessity. He was injured in an auto accident on the job in 2007 and is a quadriplegic.
His company focuses on building video game controllers that disabled people can use to play video games.
A longtime video game buff, Pena missed playing games after he recovered from the accident. So, he set out to create a controller he, and other people with disabilities, could use. Continue Reading »
Full Size Wheelchair Truck Conversions
Mobility SVM, formerly known as GoShichi, was founded in 2009 on the premise that although a person might need to utilize a wheelchair, many individuals still want the freedom and independence to pursue their interests in outdoor activities through the advantages of a full size truck. This is the philosophy that led to the development of Mobility SVM wheelchair accessible truck conversions. Continue Reading »
Passport, euros, sunglasses, wheelchair … people with disabilities here tell their inspiring travel stories
IBIZA STAG PARTY
This summer I flew to Ibiza for 10 days for my stag party with a load of mates. Following a snowboarding accident, I am a C4 tetraplegic – I have no control of my arms or legs and very little stability in my torso, so I rely on my head-controlled power wheelchair and assistance from others. Continue Reading »