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Articles Tagged: Independence

How To: Transfer from Floor to Chair

Published: February 21, 2014 | Category: Featured Information

“Wheelchair-bound” is one of Mary Allison’s least favorite words. No one should feel stuck to his or her wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Tongue piercing lets paralysed drive wheelchairs

Published: December 1, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tongue piercing lets paralysed drive wheelchairAn experimental device is letting paralysed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction.

Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewellery and acts like a joystick, in hopes of offering them more mobility and independence.

Researchers reported Wednesday that 11 people paralysed from the neck down rapidly learned to use the tongue device to pilot their wheelchairs through an obstacle course full of twists and turns, and to operate a computer, too. Continue Reading »

Kinova USA – Introducing JACO

Published: June 6, 2013 | Category: Videos

JACO is not a robot, because JACO doesn’t do for you. JACO is an assistive robotic device that gives you the power & the freedom to do for yourself. Continue Reading »

Young people with spinal injuries face discharge to homes for elderly people

Published: October 30, 2012 | Category: Featured News

Incurring a spinal injury when you’re young is surely difficult enough without having to convalesce in a home for older people

Linda Liebenberg did not expect to be in a home for older people at the age of 32. Nonetheless she spent 20 months living in one after being discharged from hospital, following treatment for a broken neck that had left her paralysed.

New research from the spinal injury charity, Aspire, suggests that one in five people with spinal injuries are likely to be discharged into residential or nursing homes for older people because of a lack of appropriate housing options. Continue Reading »

Disability Network celebrates abilities

Published: October 23, 2012 | Category: News

Ability Award given to Hope College’s Louise Shumaker

Holland — Before a spinal cord injury put her in a wheelchair 15 years ago, Jocelyn Dettloff didn’t give much thought to what it meant to “live independently.”

Today, however, she believes independence includes asking for help when it is needed.

Dettloff shared her story Tuesday evening of her dream to live on her own, after she returned from Namibia, where she’d sustained her injury while sledding down a sand dune. Continue Reading »

Decades after ADA became law, disabled people are still fighting for full inclusion

Published: July 24, 2011 | Category: News

During one especially cold morning in January of last year, a disabled man who uses a wheelchair and ventilator , and his wife were heading for their office in the 100 block of South 11th Street in downtown St. Louis. They were accosted that morning by a woman, standing outside the building, smoking a cigarette.

She wanted to know why in the world a man in a wheelchair would be out in this weather. She wasn’t placated by the obvious response from the man’s companion that he, like many other St.Louisans, was simply on his way to work. It apparently didn’t occur to the woman that some severely disabled people work every day. Continue Reading »

Severity of Spinal Cord Injury Has No Impact On How Adults Rate Their Health, Study Finds

Published: July 12, 2011 | Category: News

Severity of spinal cord injury in adults is not related to how they rate their health, Wayne State University researchers have found.

In a study of self-rated health (SRH) published this month in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, Cathy Lysack, Ph.D., deputy director of WSU’s Institute of Gerontology, along with former Wayne State researcher Katerina Machacova, Ph.D., and Stewart Neufeld, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Institute of Gerontology, evaluated people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in an effort to better understand the relationship between their self-rated physical ability to perform necessary daily activities and their SRH — the way people perceive their own health. Continue Reading »

How wheelchair skills can give you independence

Published: May 3, 2011 | Category: Featured News

Life in a wheelchair isn’t as limiting as you’d expect, once you’ve learned the moves

The first time I got into a wheelchair I felt euphoric. After a month spent in bed, reflecting on all the things I would never do again – no more climbing or playing football – it was a joy just to be able to move again. Four weeks earlier my physically active lifestyle had come to a sudden stop when I fell from a tree, resulting in a spinal-cord injury which left me facing life with paraplegia. Continue Reading »

BrainDriver – a mind controlled car

Published: February 16, 2011 | Category: Videos

Brain controlled driving of real cars: what fun! Autonomos Labs in Germany have used an Emotiv headset and developed a way to drive using thoughts to decide LEFT or RIGHT. Continue Reading »

Small change makes a big difference

Published: February 7, 2011 | Category: News

While eyeglasses can be an inconvenience, they can be limiting for people like Dan Larsen, who has been paralyzed for 11 years.

Vanity, expense and convenience drive people to laser vision correction surgery. Necessity is what motivated Dan Larsen.

The 27-year-old Middletown man is paralyzed from the shoulders down. He has limited use of his arms, but no use of his hands or fingers. Continue Reading »