Monthly Archives: June 2006
Layout, Counters, and Cabinets
* Unobstructed space around the refrigerator, stove, sink, and table for the wheelchair; an L- or U-shaped design is efficient and requires the least turning
* Smooth, non-skid floor surface
* Counter height of 30 – 33 inches with undercounter clearance; a standard 36 inch counter can be modified with a pullout shelf at 30 inches.
* High recessed base under the cabinets to accommodate wheelchair footrests
* Cabinet door pulls, pullout boards, and drawers that have built-in stops and are easy to use
* Portable shelf units on casters and/or narrow pullout shelves for single-row storage for more accessible storage
Showers and Bath Tubs
If you can transfer yourself out of your wheelchair, then your existing bathroom may only need to be modified with a shower chair, grab bars, a shower wand, a tub lift, or a shower bench. Grab bars should be installed on three sides of the shower, non-skid strips should be applied to the bottom of the shower or tub, and adequate space is needed for transfer to the shower bench. To facilitate transfer to the bathtub, benches, bathtub seats, portable seats, built-in seats, and hydraulic seats can be used.
Dave Farrell’s goal of completing his first marathon this fall isn’t a personal quest, but rather a gift.
Farrell, who severed his spinal cord in a telemarking accident on Aspen Mountain in late January 2005, wants to give back to the organization that helped him regain his athletic outdoor lifestyle. Less than a year after his accident, which left him paralyzed from his chest down, local nonprofit Challenge Aspen had Farrell back on the mountain in a sit-ski.
Access to recreation, pool lifts, all terrain wheelchairs, wheel chair ramps, shower chair, beach wheelchairs, standing frame, patient lift, rehabilitation equipment, disability products
Team Eagle, a US disabled sailing team, is campaigning to represent the United States in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China. We will be competing in the newly designed SKUD-18, which will be used in the two-person keelboat event.
Researchers have started their search for 800 Ontario residents with spinal cord injuries, for the largest spinal cord study.
The study could change the treatment currently given to people with such injuries, says a University of Guelph news release.
At first glance Kelly Smith appears confined to a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury caused by a 1991 rock climbing accident.
But a closer look at the wheels that Smith relies on everyday reveals that his life is not focused on his Disability, but rather his ability.