Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tag: Independence

Perspective on employment rates after spinal cord injury – 30 years after the ADA

Published: September 22, 2020

Experts detail new paradigms of vocational rehabilitation that are fostering measurable progress in employment outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injury

East Hanover, NJ. A team of experts in disability employment summarized advances in outcomes being achieved in individuals recovering from spinal cord injury. Their article, “30 Years after the Americans with Disabilities Act: Perspectives on employment for persons with spinal cord injury,”

Obi – The first dining robot of its kind

Published: August 10, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Obi is a first of its kind, revolutionary dining device for individuals who lack upper extremity function. Obi increases independence, social interaction, and effective food capture like never before.

With the momentary touch of a switch, Obi allows users to select between four compartments of food and command when the food is captured and delivered to the mouth.

Tongo – Tongue Based Operating System

Published: April 2, 2020

A new invention turns the tongue into a digital operating system, and can change the lives of millions of people with disabilities around the world.

Restoring arm, hand function after spinal cord injury focus of clinical trial

Published: December 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal cord injuries caused by accidents, violence and disease paralyze from the neck down more than 5,000 people every year. In the first few months after injury, some people regain some movement and sensation in their limbs. Those who do not show improvement in the first few months are unlikely to ever recover.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to Partner with Craig Hospital for New Video Series

Published: November 1, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Christopher & Dana Reeve FoundationSHORT HILLS, N.J., Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has partnered with Craig Hospital to introduce a new health series called Adaptive Tools for Independence.  The video series highlights functional tools and adaptive equipment that is available to assist individuals living with paralysis or limited hand functions to gain more independence in their day to day activities.  Daily tasks such as cooking, and bowel and bladder care are included in the first set of videos in the series. Other tasks like housekeeping, dressing, hair, and makeup will be available in the next installment. These videos aim to show how all these tasks can become much easier and be done with little or no assistance. Most of the tools featured in the videos are available online or can be crafted at home.

Man shares experience as quadriplegic

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

If it were possible to travel back in time, many people might choose to edit their past decisions or actions.

Austin Reynolds is often asked if he would go back three years and do things differently if he could. A serious spinal cord injury drastically changed his world, but Reynolds said it is not something he would want to change about his life because of how the experience has shaped him into a better person.

Paralyzed Patients Regain the Use of Their Hands Thanks to Breakthrough Nerve Surgery in...

Published: August 14, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Recent surgical trials have bestowed new life on quadriplegics who can now return to activities they never thought they’d be able to do again, thanks to an innovative surgery that relocates nerves.

A dirt bike accident in 2015 left Australian Paul Robinson, now in his 30s, paralyzed from the chest down. Robinson landed on his head and broke one of the vertebrae in his neck, leaving him confined to a wheelchair and rarely able to leave his home. He was one of 16 people participating in a medical trial at Austin Health in Melbourne that used nerve transfers to re-enervate paralyzed muscles in quadriplegic patients.

Google Nest Partners with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to Improve Independence for...

Published: July 26, 2019

Google Nest provides up to 100,000 free Google Home Minis to the Reeve Foundation to foster freedom at home across the paralysis community through the #PowerOfVoice

SHORT HILLS, N.J., July 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the leading nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with paralysis, announced today a partnership with Google Nest to improve independence for the greater paralysis community through Google Nest products powered by the Google Assistant.

Comcast Launches Eye-Control For The Television

Published: June 17, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Xfinity X1 customers with physical disabilities can now use their eyes to change the channel, set a recording or search for a show.

Comcast today launched a feature that gives people with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the ability to navigate their television using only their eyes.

Quadriplegic Man Uses His Face to Move Wheelchair

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

Jim Ryan was a pilot for 38 years but that all changed three years ago while on vacation in Hawaii with his wife, Isabelle.