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Articles Tagged: Accessibility

Eye-Driven Wheelchair Gives Quadriplegics More Independence

Published: November 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

For quadriplegics, life can be extremely isolated. Those without the ability to control their arms, legs or head must rely entirely on a caregiver to move, or even turn around, their wheelchair.

One cause of quadriplegia is the neurodegenerative disease ALS, which afflicts an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Because the disease is progressive, those afflicted can go from having completely normal motor control to being fully quadriplegic without the ability to talk, in the span of just a few years. Previously having the ability to move independently can make the loss of movement even more difficult for those with ALS. Continue Reading »

‘Extreme Makeover: Home’ still changing York County quadriplegic man’s life 6 years later

Published: November 3, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Every morning, Brian Keefer looks up at the framed words of encouragement covering his bedroom wall, and he smiles.

“Brian, you keep smiling because that’s what makes you so special! … Keep believing that you can fly!” one says.

“You’re my hero and inspiration,” reads another.

Those notes, written by friends and family, are Keefer’s favorite part of the room “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” built for him in 2011. Continue Reading »

‘The Quadfather’ has a message for techies — accessibility ‘should not be an add-on’

Published: November 1, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Todd Stabelfeldt is a pretty chill dude. He lives 90 minutes from Seattle by ferry, in a home with his wife and occasionally two stepkids. He runs a consultancy for healthcare databases, but once considered becoming a comedian. He’s a dog person.

Stabelfeldt also happens to be quadriplegic. He’s been paralyzed from the neck down for more than 30 years.

And because of that, Stabelfeldt has a unique relationship with technology — not unique for him and his crew, which goes by “The Quad Squad,” but unique for many people who are able-bodied. Continue Reading »

Accomable.com

Published: October 30, 2017 | Category: Links

Accomable.com

Accomable is the world’s leading platform for booking accessible hotels and holiday rentals. Our mission is to enable anyone to go anywhere.

Accomable was founded in 2015, by Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley – two friends with Spinal Muscular Atrophy who have travelled all over the world. Frustrated by the difficulty of finding accessible places to stay and reliable information, Accomable was launched to make it easier for everyone to travel, regardless of disability.

Today, we list 1,100 properties in more than 60 countries, all of which have step free access, high quality photos and detailed information on a whole range of accessibility adaptations. Continue Reading »

‘It’s all about adapting’: How a wheelchair user made his house accessible

Published: October 30, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Thomas Rogers’s house has a lowered kitchen counter, wide hallways, and a elevator

When it comes to what he can and can’t do in his house, compared with an able-bodied person, Thomas Rogers says the only difference is that he can’t reach the top of his closet.

“That’s about it!” he said.

Rogers has made his house in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s into an entirely accessible living space. Continue Reading »

App helps drivers in wheelchairs get help at the gas pump

Published: July 28, 2017 | Category: News

Langley’s Zosia Ettenberg says refuelling in wheelchair impossible without assistance

The simple act of filling a gas tank can be an insurmountable challenge for people who use a wheelchair.

That was the experience of Langley resident Zosia Ettenberg.

“It’s literally impossible for me to pump gas by myself,” Ettenberg told On the Coast host Tanya Fletcher.

“I have to park far enough away from the gas pump to get out, and then go around and have enough space for the wheelchair between the car and the pump,” Ettenberg said. Continue Reading »

New wheelchair provides opportunities for quadriplegic hunter

Published: July 18, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The nonprofit Independence Fund gave Nels Hadden an all-terrain wheelchair Tuesday.

Nels Hadden may not be able to move his arms or legs, but he can still take down a deer with a crossbow.

There’s no magic spell or use of the Force, just the power of technology that lets quadriplegic men and women do things that would have been impossible years ago. Continue Reading »

Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Published: May 16, 2017 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Designed for Todd S.

Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist. Continue Reading »

Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices

Published: April 24, 2017 | Category: News

For the past seven years, the Canadian technology developer Komodo Openlabs has been working on a device called Tecla that allow users with limited mobility to control electronic devices.

Designed for users who have trouble operating smartphones, tablets, or computers because of limited upper-body mobility caused by spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries or a stroke, the original Tecla product could only work with one device at a time. Continue Reading »

General Medical Concerns for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 7, 2017 | Category: Featured Information Videos

When a health concern comes up, how do you know what kind of health care provider to see? Continue Reading »