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Yasmin

Yasmin lives in an apartment. She is working part time. She was injured in 1999 and has a C-5 tetraplgia. Through hand surgery her grip function improved. She has personal assistance 24 hours a day, 7 hours of those are assistance on call.


47 tips and ideas 
User in her kitchenAccessible kitchen
Suitable for individuals with extensive disabilities and assistants
User does shoulder exercises with wrist weightsAdjustable wrist weights
- suitable for individual exercise programs
User applies blusherApplying blusher
A person without dexterity can still apply make-up
User applies eye shadowApplying eye shadow
A person without dexterity can still apply make-up
User applies eyelinerApplying eyeliner
A person without dexterity can still apply make-up
User applies make-up with broad side of mascara brushApplying mascara
Applying make-up independently for a person without dexterity
Mounting plateAttaching wheelchair and seat belt in modified car
Modifications that make it safe for a person with disabilities to drive while seated in a manual wheelchair
User with bed tray in armchairBed tray used as computer desk
Simple stylish bed tray that facilitates using a laptop while sitting in bed or in an armchair
Bottom sheet with storage pocketsBedspread with storage compartment
Custom-sewn bottom sheet with storage pockets makes it possible for a person with impaired hand function to have access to all accessories to be able to manage independently in bed.
Assistant places toothbrush in user's handBrushing teeth
Electric toothbrush makes brushing teeth easier for persons with impaired hand function
Multi-level clothing rack.Clothing rack with hat shelf
Stylish space-saving clothing rack with different heights – suitable for wheelchair users
Computer on laptop supportCombined laptop support/manuscript holder
Combined laptop support and manuscript holder provides ergonomic working position - suitable for persons with tetraplegia
User types on her computer at workComputer workstation at work
Ergonomic computer workstation - suitable for a person with a high spinal cord injury
User at the wheelControl of car
Modification for accelerator and brake as well as for control of the steering wheel - make it possible for a person with a high spinal cord injury to drive
User bends forwardEasing strain on buttocks
Technique for persons with poor balance and impaired arm/hand function to ease strain on buttocks
User shapes her eyebrowEasy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable for people with impaired hand function
User holds fork in place with wheelchair gloveEat with fork
Wheelchair glove makes it easier for persons with impaired hand function to hold a fork
Using the eraserEraser
Holding an eraser with the help of wheelchair gloves – a good method for persons without dexterity
User with forearms on forearm supportForearm support
Forearm support to keep balance when typing on computer - suitable for persons who have tetraplegia
User opens refrigerator doorHandle for refrigerator and freezer
A handle that makes it easier to open the refrigerator and freezer – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Board with magnetsKey holder
Practical key holder with magnets – suitable for people with impaired hand function
User in Küschall chair equipped with e-motion wheelsManual wheelchair with "e-motion" wheel
E-motion wheels make it easier to operate the wheelchair – appropriate for persons with poor function of the arms
User types on mini keyboardMini keyboard
Small keyboard - suitable for persons with limited reach
User opens ‘garage door’ with remote control.Minigarage for electric wheelchair, "bread bin"
- dry, frost-free storage for electric wheelchairs and other aids
Modified car keyModified car key
- suitable for people with impaired hand function
User on ramp on the way into the carModified minivan
- allows user to drive while sitting in a manual wheelchair
User writes with modified stylusModified stylus
A stylus for navigation on touchscreens/smartphones and for typing on keyboard - suitable for people with extensive disabilities without finger function
MousetrapperMousetrapper
Ergonomic mouse that provides a centered working position - suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries
Mug with double glassMug with double glass for insulation
Attractive, lightweight heat-insulated coffee mug - suitable for people with reduced sensation
User stabilizes her index finger with her thumbOpen a desk drawer
Opening a desk drawer with the index finger, a technique that works for persons without dexterity
User drawsPainting (oil and sketching)
Holding a pen or brush with the help of wheelchair gloves – a good method for persons without dexterity
User looks in mirrorPivoting key cabinet with mirror
Wall-mounted pivoting mirror at right height – suitable for wheelchair users
User working while sitting in her armchairRecliner armchair
Comfortable armchair used for working and resting
Bathroom cabinet - shelf sideRotating bathroom cabinet with mirror
Practical space-saving rotating bathroom cabinet, with mirror, shelves and open floor space – suitable for wheelchair users
Strap to secure feet to wheelchair foot barSecuring feet to wheelchair foot bar
Foot strap for feet – suitable for wheelchair users with spasticity
User with her thermal mugThermal mug with large handle
Thermal mug with large handle suitable for people with impaired grip and reduced sensation
The assistant grasps the user's trousersTransfer from bed to wheelchair
A simple lift technique with the help of a person but without a lift
Assistant grasps the user's trousers; user holds on to the assistantTransfer from wheelchair to bed
Simple lift technique with an assistant's help, but without a lift
User presses "off" button on wheelTurning e-motion wheel motor on and off
The user has learned how to directly push the on/off button for the e-motion wheel motor in order to avoid bringing the remote control
User's hand is under a pageTurning pages
Wheelchair gloves make it easier for persons with impaired hand function to turn pages
User types on computerTyping on computer
Maneuvering on the computer with a regular pen
User dials a phone numberUsing cordless landline phone
Handsfree headset for cordless phone – a good aid for persons with impaired hand function
User takes soapWall-mounted soap pump
– makes it easier for people with impaired hand function to use soap
User with wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Custom-made gloves used for wheelchair driving and to hold utensils such as a pen or fork in place
User at work tableWork table
Work table suitable for wheelchair users
User removes pen coverWriting by hand
Writing by hand with the help of a wheelchair glove – technique for persons without dexterity