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Bionic bodies: From typing with a glance to restoring paralyzed limbs, new technology aids the ailing
If eye-gaze technology, motion sensor tracking and functional electrical stimulation sound like secret weapons of the CIA, you’d be half right. Much of the newfangled equipment in use for those with medical disabilities came out of technology originally designed for the government. Now, it’s helping injured and ill people with life’s basic needs.
Former Saints player Steve Gleason, diagnosed with ALS in 2011, propels his custom wheelchair with only a glance.
“I have an infrared eye tracker that is connected to my laptop and serves as my control center,” said Gleason. Continue Reading »
Twenty years ago, Justin Hosler met a man he shared two things with: life-changing injuries that rendered both of them unable to walk and physical therapy sessions. In rehabilitation, it bothered Hosler to watch the man refuse to try.
“His refusal to try motivated me … there’s a lot of life left and I couldn’t just sit there and not live it,” said Hosler, who now farms 1,800 acres full-time in Huntington County.
That determination lifted Hosler to ambitiously pursue his dreams. Continue Reading »
On any given day up to 25 individuals with varied disabilities are hard at work in the EP!C Hub computer lab in Peoria, earning a paycheck and cultivating independence thanks to assistive technology.
The Hub has a variety of adaptive equipment, including specialized keyboards and screen-reading software. Hub workers with disabilities design and print flyers, posters and calendars; create business cards; and even make and sell their own greeting cards.
“Technology definitely helps them to work and live a more rewarding fulfilling productive life. Because a lot of them have those abilities; they just need a little bit of assistance,” said Lauren Coyle, EP!C’s director of specialized programs. Continue Reading »
Ashley Barnes was 35 years old when doctors told her she would never walk again.
A botched spinal procedure in 2014 paralyzed her from the waist down. The Tyler, Tex., resident had been an avid runner, clocking six miles daily when not home with her then-9-year-old autistic son, whom she raised alone. Life in a wheelchair was not an option.
“I needed to be the best mom I could be,” Barnes said. “I needed to be up and moving.” Continue Reading »
REACT’s Neuro-Restorative program is for those seeking a comprehensive recovery through customized, one-on-one neuromuscular training.
We are a team of wellness specialists and engineers, prompted to create our product by the frustration in seeing individuals who do not have the proper means to get active or stay active.
The majority of spinal cord injuries are still caused by traumatic events, such as road traffic accidents or falls. Sports injuries and violence are also common causes of spinal cord injuries. A (so-called) non-traumatic injury can occur because of arthritis, inflammation, infections or disc degeneration of the spine that can cause compression and therefore damage to the spinal cord. The incidence of non-traumatic injuries is increasing, partly due to better reporting but also due to the impact of an increasingly aging population. Continue Reading »
After becoming a quadriplegic in 2008, Sydneysider James Gribble’s is on an inspiring journey to make golf accessible for all abilities.
Everything changed in James Gribble’s life when an accident in 2008 left him with a broken neck. But one thing remained the same – he’s still a golfer.
Though it wasn’t easy for the quadriplegic.
For four years, he endured intensive rehabilitation, proving a series of doctors wrong to achieve significant recovery milestones – walking short distances on crutches and, most importantly, swinging a golf club. Continue Reading »
Rehabmart was founded by two Occupational Therapists: Hulet Smith, OTR/L and Mike Price, OTR. They started Rehabmart in 1998 stemming from a mutual desire to serve patients, families, and caregivers.
The Rehabmart mission is to carefully select products that promote independence, improve function, and make an innovative impact on the lives of persons using the products. The entire Rehabmart team is committed to becoming the market leader in online e-commerce sales of medical & rehabilitation products & supplies. We strive to connect our customers with products that often become “Tools for the Job of Living” Continue Reading »