After suffering a severe spinal cord injury from a bad fall at work, Scott McConnell had little function remaining in his hands and arms.
In an inspiring example of inclusive design, Sesame Access offers a solution to one of wheelchair-users biggest difficulties when navigating the urban environment. The UK-based company creates invisible wheelchair lifts, concealed within bespoke staircases which transform at the touch of a button.
Using cutting edge engineering technology Sesame Access has installed lifts across Cambridge Universities, Kensington Palace, Tate Britain and Sotheby’s Paris, among other locations. The lift is called by pressing a button, causing the steps of the staircase to retract, revealing a platform for wheelchairs to be elevated to the desired level.
‘He’s going up on my wall,’ Norm Shewchuk says of the picture he created on wood
Growing up in Gimli, Man., Norm Shewchuk was passionate about hockey.
But in 1983, a life-altering accident ended his dream of playing the game.
“I was 16 and playing league hockey, and I just went for the puck in the corner and I got cross-checked from behind and I went headfirst into the boards,” Shewchuk said in an interview with CBC News.
A spinal cord injury is devastating for a patient, their family and their caregivers. Every 44 minutes a person sustains a spinal cord injury (SCI) in the United States resulting in approximately 12,000 SCIs each year.1 There are more than 265,000 persons currently living with this type of injury in the United States, and one out of every 50 persons lives with paralysis. 1 So as nurses, what can we do to reduce the risk of spinal cord injury in hopes of positively affecting these statistics?
This Video Is About Dating After Sci And Some Suggestions For Getting Back Out There.
Metro DC, Salt Lake City, and Tampa are leading the way in accessibility for housing, public transit, attractions and healthcare.
With Global Accessibility Awareness Day around the corner, we took a look at the most accessible cities throughout the country. The Social Security Administration estimates that one in five Americans is living with a disability, which can pose a specific set of challenges during everyday life. Although legislation exists that requires accessibility in public housing like hotels and university dorm rooms, the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t require all community features to be accessible.
We take our ability to communicate for granted. But there are over 60 million people in the world suffer from spinal cord injuries and brain strokes. Conditions such as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and MNDs (Motor Neuron Diseases), render them partially or completely paralysed.
Not sleeping well? A new study shows more than 70 percent of people with quadriplegia also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
For many years, the N-ABLE team has heard stories about friends with quadriplegia who don’t sleep well at night or who only sleep a few hours a night. We wondered if there was a medical reason for this. As it turns out, there is.
A new study in The Journal of Physiology tries to show why more than 70 percent of people with quadriplegia also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a medical condition that causes the upper airway to narrow and close repeatedly while people are asleep.
A friend and I recently worked on creating a device for a Quadriplegic they know to allow him to use his computer. After some research, we decided on a “Sip-n-puff” combined with a joystick to give Allen the ability to move the cursor around the screen a click things.
A Sip-n-puff is an input device that takes user input in the form of a “Sip” or a “Puff” (Imagine sipping through a straw, or blowing bubbles in your drink). Here, we combine it with a joystick to enable the user to move the cursor on-screen, and the Sip-n-puff is used for functions such as clicking and scrolling.
Neurology – Spinal Cord Introduction