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Articles Tagged: Mobility

Man’s idea for big wheels lets him hit the sand rolling

Published: April 13, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The Sand RiderVIRGINIA BEACH Bill Fertig struggled with beach vacations for years. A motorcycle wreck 14 years ago left him a paraplegic. On a trip to Nags Head one summer, Fertig relied on a cumbersome wheelchair that even the strongest member of his family could barely push through the sand.

Fertig stayed back at the house so he wouldn’t be a burden while everyone played near the water.

Frustration fueled his desire to invent a new, lightweight, manageable sand wheelchair. Continue Reading »

The Upsee by Firefly

Published: April 2, 2014 | Category: Featured Videos

Our products make lives better. Firefly is about special needs family participation, helping more children take part in special family moments. 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 »

Learn how to protect your passengers in just 5 minutes!

Published: September 23, 2013 | Category: Videos

Revised Guidelines from ANSI/RESNA for Safe Wheelchair Securement with Dr. Larry Schneider (UMTRI) Continue Reading »

UAB students invent a wheelchair that helps children with disabilities get moving

Published: September 9, 2013 | Category: Videos

When Jennifer Sheppard learned that University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering and School of Business students created a motorized wheelchair for 1- to 3-year-olds, she was eager to let her daughter give it a try. Continue Reading »

Guide For Disabled Cruisers

Published: April 17, 2013 | Category: Information

Holland-America-bathroom-disabledThis guide has been put together to offer assistance to those travelling on a cruise with a disability or if travelling with someone with special requirements.

Cruises offer a great way to get away for many disabled travellers, as modern cruise ships offer fantastic facilities onboard. Disabled access cabins are much easier to get around in if you have limited mobility. The layout of most modern ships are also much more accessible to all passengers and the well trained crew and medical staff are on hand to help where possible. Continue Reading »

On anniversary of accident, paralyzed Severn man hopes for independence

Published: April 10, 2013 | Category: News

Evan CronhardtThere are moments in time that can forever alter your life. Evan Cronhardt’s life changed its course on April 10, 2008 as he was driving across an intersection near his Severn home. His Jeep was struck by a vehicle that may have been racing on Quarterfield Road.

Evan was thrown from his Jeep, then crushed as it rolled over on him.

He recalls the suffocating weight of of his Jeep and the tracheotomy he endured as paramedics worked to save his life.

When he awoke in a Baltimore hospital, his spine was crushed and his pelvis was broken, paralyzing him from the neck down. He started a long series of operations as doctors tried to repair his multiple broken vertebrae. Continue Reading »

Aiming high: Young accident victim keeps up his studies and his attitude

Published: April 7, 2013 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Calven Goza in TruckBUTTE — Who hasn’t done what Calven Goza did? But unlike so many, Goza paid a steep price.

On May 3, 2012, Goza, a student at Montana Tech, was socializing with friends. It was the end of a long semester, and Goza and a few friends were drinking at area bars. Somewhere along the line, however, things went terribly wrong.

The five friends were traveling east on Highway 43 between Dewey and Divide in a 2003 Grand Prix when the car hit a rock wall on the south side of the roadway. The car went airborne for about 68 feet and rolled several times. Continue Reading »

Magic suit helping paraplegic Air Force pilot to walk again (sadly it costs $90,000)

Published: June 27, 2011 | Category: News

An Air Force pilot who has been paralysed from the chest down since 2002 has been able to walk with the help of a special suit.

Lt. Ian James Brown, from New Jersey, is the first military man to test the specially-fitted exoskeleton suit called the ReWalk.

He said: ‘The first time I saw myself walk on video, I said, “Wow”.’

Mr Brown became a paraplegic after a motorcycle accident in 2002 as he was driving back to Hanscom Air Force base in Bedford, Massachusetts. Continue Reading »

Berkeley Bionics Partners With Ten U.S. Rehabilitation Centers

Published: June 7, 2011 | Category: News

Investigational Studies and Introduction of New Wearable Robot for Wheelchair Users

BERKELEY, CA, June 7, 2011 — Berkeley Bionics – developer and maker of exoskeletons that augment human strength, endurance and mobility – today announced its partnership with ten of the nation’s top physical rehabilitation centers. The program will focus on eLEGS, a wearable robot that powers wheelchair users up to get them standing and walking. It will entail reciprocal information sharing and learning, and the definition of clinical protocols, as the company prepares to introduce eLEGS to the market in early 2012. The charter hospitals will also become the first eLEGS Centers in the world, conducting ongoing research, and offering the device for the rehabilitation of their patients. Continue Reading »