Tips and tricks from people with spinal cord injuries (SCI)

Thousands of tips from more than 100 people with spinal cord injuries for assistive devices, adaptations and individually designed solutions.

Where to get the devices and who paid might not be relevant for people outside of Sweden.

Spinalistips is run by Spinalis Foundation. It was started with support from the Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna Arvsfonden). The English translation was sponsored by Promobilia Foundation. Spinalistips is now maintained by the Spinalis Foundation. The database is regularly updated. Spinalis Foundation is not responsible for the tips.

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Examples of tips

Transfer to horse

Transfer to horse

Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users

Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer

Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer

- suitable for people with impaired hand function

Data tools that enable more keystrokes

Data tools that enable more keystrokes

- assistive device for people with impaired hand function

Cat toy that is controlled using the mouth

Cat toy that is controlled using the mouth

A customized design that enables someone with extensive disabilities to play with his cat

Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
Cleaning wheelchair tires
Cleaning wheelchair tires
Aluminum structure enables an individual who drives an electric wheelchair to clean the tires independently.
Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
Beach Wheelchair
Beach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water.
Magnetic grip
Magnetic grip
Magnets of different strengths sewn into wheelchair gloves - suitable for individuals with impaired handfunctions.
Adjustable-height changing table
Adjustable-height changing table
- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities.
Flush toilet using a string
Flush toilet using a string
With the help of a simple string a person with impaired hand function can easily flush the toilet .
Smartphone handle and stand
Smartphone handle and stand
Easy adaptation that serves as a handle and stand for the phone for people with impaired hand function.
Bestic flatware
Bestic flatware
A simple maneuverable assistive device for eating – suitable for disabled people who can’t use their arms and hands.
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping is not impossible for people with disabilities.
Motorboat adapted for skipper with extensive disabilities
Motorboat adapted for skipper with extensive disabilities
Adapted motorboat that can be steered by people who use an electric wheelchair and have impaired hand function.
Adapted excavator
Adapted excavator
- made it possible for a wheelchair user to return to work.