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Yearly Archives: 2019

Quadriplegic doctor working on helping spinal patients walk again

Published: November 22, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

When it comes to developing cutting-edge technology to help people with spinal problems walk again, Dinesh Palipana is uniquely qualified – not only is he a decorated medical researcher, he’s also a quadriplegic.

Dr Palipana was seriously injured in a car crash on Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge in 2010 that robbed him of the use of his legs and left him with limited use of his arms.

How can employers support workers with spinal injuries?

Published: November 21, 2019

There has been slow progress in getting more disabled people into work, and those with spinal cord injuries have a particularly low employment rate. What can employers do to support them back to work, asks Alex Dabek?

In 2017, the government announced plans aimed to get one million more disabled people in work over the next 10 years after it emerged less than half working age people with disabilities (49.2%) were in employment in June 2017.

Helpful tools for cooking when you have a spinal cord injury

Published: November 18, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

This video shows two people with cervical spinal cord injuries preparing a complex meal using adaptive tools along with regular kitchen items that make cooking possible.

Logitech’s Adaptive Gaming Kit Makes the Xbox Adaptive Controller More Accessible

Published: November 18, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC) facilitates gaming for players with accessibility needs. While a forward-thinking device, the XAC isn’t without limitations. To get the most out of the peripheral, users must purchase separate triggers, switches, and other accessories. Doing this can get expensive, especially for those living on a limited budget. Logitech has a solution with its upcoming product: the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit. I recently participated in a conference call where I got to see what the Adaptive Gaming Kit is all about.

Control Robots With Your Face

Published: November 14, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

This Device lets you control electronics with your face.

Artist paralyzed by bullet learns to paint intricate designs with a brush in her...

Published: November 13, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Thousands of people order the holiday cards Mariam Paré paints, but few know her backstory is as incredible as the art she creates.

For as long as she could remember, she was surrounded by color; paint tubes and brushes stacked high in every corner. At 20, she was one of the top art students at Benedictine College of DuPage. Until the night her life was changed in an instant.

Quadriplegic ‘Halo’ Fan Builds Custom Controllers for Players With Disabilities

Published: November 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Quadriplegic ‘Halo’ Fan Builds Custom Controllers for Players With Disabilities

Sleep and sleepiness ‘a huge problem’ for people with spinal cord injury

Published: November 7, 2019

A new study led by a University of Calgary researcher at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) finds that fatigue and sleep may need more attention in order to prevent issues like stroke after spinal cord injury.

“People with spinal cord injury have alarming rates of stroke, and we wanted to understand why,” says study lead Dr. Aaron Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor, in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, and member of the CSM’s Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Over-the-skin electrical stimulation helps provide movement in quadriplegics

Published: November 7, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Feinstein Institutes research examines new closed-loop neurostimulation

MANHASSET, NY — Researchers at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research used new closed-loop neurostimulation methods and textile-based electrodes to facilitate individual finger movement and grasp force regulation in quadriplegia individuals. Their results were published in the Springer Nature journal, Bioelectronic Medicine.

How wheelchair rugby ‘changed everything’ for one athlete

Published: November 5, 2019

Carl Williams maneuvers across the court with the practiced precision of an athlete. He simultaneously searches the crowd, calculating which team member can catch an inbound throw without being intercepted.

This might seem a tough task for Williams, a double amputee aboard a wheelchair. But Williams, 38, has become a master of wheelchair rugby, a full-contact sport with a mix of rules from football and soccer. He takes aim the moment he spots Timothy Jones, the other top scorer for a team called the TIRR Texans, which was started in 1997.

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