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BOOK: No Backing Down

Published: January 17, 2017 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Quadriplegic Refuses to Let Disability Hinder Happiness

John Thompson showcases the power of determination and self-belief in new book

OLYMPIA, WA (PRWEB) January 17, 2017 – John Thompson was only a boy when a car stuck him, leaving him a quadriplegic. Despite the paralysis of both arms and legs, Thompson used his personal setbacks as motivation to drive forward and create a fulfilling life for himself. He now looks to inspire others to do the same with his book “No Backing Down.” Continue Reading »

Magic Fingers SMS Helper – Connect SMS Messages to IFTTT

Published: January 6, 2017 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury:

Who is it For?

Anybody really, but I (Stuart Turner) am quadriplegic and we developed this so I could call for help, especially in the middle of the night. Using Magic Fingers I can use the voice recognition on my smartphone to text message my smart lightbulbs and flash them different colours (blue for assistance, red for emergency help, etc). In this way I can signal carers or family immediately, wherever they are in the house, without yelling for ages. It’s obviously highly adaptable and extensible, however, and can be used to “press” many kinds of “button” / trigger many kinds of actions. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic retrofits truck to accommodate special needs

Published: December 28, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ryan Baetke's modified accessible truckLingering cleanup chores, tasks he didn’t attend to during the holiday weekend, consume Ryan Baetke’s Monday night at his home just north of Davenport.

From the seat of his motorized wheelchair, the 48-year-old sweeps the floor of his garage as his “sidekick,” a golden retriever named Annie, gnaws on a bone. As he scoops the dust into a garbage can, Baetke motions to another sidekick nearby.

At first glance, the 2015 GMC Sierra parked in the adjacent bay doesn’t appear to be anything special. Continue Reading »

The mind-reading robotic hand that lets quadriplegic people grasp everyday objects

Published: December 6, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Scientists have developed a robotic interface which could help to restore fine hand movements in paraplegics.

By combining an electrode cap with an exoskeleton worn over the fingers, the device translates brain signals to hand movements.

The approach could provide paraplegic patients with the fine motor control needed to carry out everyday tasks such as eating, drinking and signing documents. Continue Reading »

Accident survivor making a name in wheelchair tennis

Published: December 3, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

In the course of three years, Taylor Graham has accomplished many things: Survived a motorcycle accident, adjusted to a spinal cord injury and a new life in a wheelchair, picked up the sport of wheelchair tennis, graduated from Southeast Community College, and even got married.

So what could possibly be next?

“We have a goal of competing in the Paralympics in 2020,” said Kevin Heim, his wheelchair tennis coach. Continue Reading »

Technology helps quadriplegic Miss. man hunt deer, drive, paint

Published: November 28, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

evan-edwards-2MERIDIAN, Miss. — A little more than 30 years ago, as an 11th grader, Evan Edwards broke his neck during a tackle in a football game. A C4-5 quadriplegic, the eastern Mississippi man cannot move his lower body, wrists or hands.

He eats by moving special utensils tucked into his wrist brace with his shoulder and elbow. His Mississippi State University cup — representing his alma mater — hooks onto his arm so he can drink from the extra-long straw. A pointer on the end of his brace acts like a finger, pushing the buttons that unlock his van and activate his voice-command environmental controls. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic uses painting skills to inspire others

Published: November 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

brendon-swartz-1Cape Town – After losing the use of his limbs 14 years ago, Brenton Swartz could have given up on life.

He was shot, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. But the quadriplegic, who studied architecture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, refused to let life get him down.

Swartz is now an accomplished mouth artist, and used his skill of painting with his mouth to inspire severely disabled children in light of Disability Awareness Month, next month. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic woman embraces future as mother after IVF treatment

Published: November 19, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

nicole-crawford-and-baby-1BABY Reagan stretches his hands as he lies on a pillow on his mother’s lap.

Nicole Crawford gently kisses his fingers, wondrous at the miracle that is his birth. She can only feel and touch him with her kisses.

She wishes she could hold her newborn baby in her arms, but as a quadriplegic she cannot.

Ever since she was a little girl, Ms Crawford dreamt of being a mum one day, but at age 18, a car accident robbed her of any chance of a ­normal life. Continue Reading »

Focus on your ability and not your disability, says Justin Vijay Jesudas

Published: November 11, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

justin-vijay-jesudasSpinal cord injury has not stopped Justin Vijay Jesudas from pursuing his dreams

“All things are difficult before becoming easy,” says Justin Vijay Jesudas. After a car accident left him paralysed from below the neck in 2009, Tiruchi-born Justin is a vocal advocate for rehabilitation of the disabled.

The trick, says Justin, 36, is to focus on one’s ability, rather than disability. He himself balances a career as a software professional in Chennai with a nascent vocation in Paralympic swimming and rifle shooting. He even indulges his passion for long drives with the help of a customised car. Continue Reading »

Capturing Action Sports as a Quadriplegic Photographer

Published: November 8, 2016 | Category: News Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Loren Worthington is a photographer with a unique perspective, both literally and figuratively. Continue Reading »