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Articles Tagged: Accessibility

Adaptive Automotive Equipment Options for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: January 25, 2018 | Category: Information

This webinar will highlight a range of topics pertaining to adaptive automotive equipment for personal use and information for allied health care practitioners and other stakeholders in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions. Continue Reading »

No Flipping Excuses

Published: January 4, 2018 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Changing the lives for those that are living with a disability. Continue Reading »

‘Paralyzed bride’ has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces

Published: December 28, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Rachelle Friedman Chapman – known by many as “the paralyzed bride” – is calling attention to the way people park in and around handicap-accessible spaces.

Chapman, who lives in Knightdale, shared a recent experience in a Facebook post Wednesday showing an SUV in a handicap space parked across the line, into the section designated for wheelchair access.

Chapman was unable to use the wheelchair ramp to her own SUV because the other vehicle was parked outside its boundary. Continue Reading »

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 »