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Articles Tagged: Independence

Paralyzed veterans empowered with new independence

Published: November 11, 2015 | Category: Videos

After serving our country, all veterans come back as our nation’s heroes. But some return with serious injuries and need assistance becoming whole again. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed man keeps busy driving for Uber

Published: November 8, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Luigi GirottoLuigi Girotto has always sought out a challenge, the trademark of his active lifestyle.

As a triathlete, scuba diver, skier and full-time jewelry consultant, Girotto was always up to something, and when he felt his jewelry career had grown stagnant in his small village in Italy, he picked up and moved to New York City.

“I was 40 years old and I had a career crisis,” Girotto said. “Nothing was challenging me enough.” Continue Reading »

The iPhone setting that changed this man’s life

Published: October 21, 2015 | Category: Featured News | 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 »


Published: September 7, 2015 | Category: Featured Information | 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 »

Friendship helps spinal cord injury survivor tackle next challenge: learning to drive

Published: July 27, 2015 | Category: News

CONYERS, Ga. – Jimbo Boyd and Delorean Williams, who goes by the nickname “Bean,” are looking for a new set of wheels at R & R Mobility Vans in Conyers because in a few months, Bean, will be driving again. Continue Reading »

Stranger Makes Custom Hair Straighteners For Quadriplegic Woman After Seeing Reddit Post

Published: June 1, 2015 | Category: News

adapted straightener Rachelle FriedmanOne of the reasons we love Reddit is that every so often it shows off humanity’s kinder side.

Rachelle Friedman aka Rollingonwheelz, is a quadriplegic woman who got a dose of this kindness after she posted a casual comment in response to an AMA question from the Reddit community about how she did her hair and make up. Continue Reading »

iLove Stories of Independence

Published: August 18, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

An amazing insight on how technology is empowering independence. Continue Reading »

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 »