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

Custom-sewn trousers

Custom-sewn trousers

- suitable for wheelchair users

Camping for wheelchair users

Camping for wheelchair users

Camping is not impossible for people with disabilities

Cleaning wheelchair tires

Cleaning wheelchair tires

Aluminum structure enables an individual who drives an electric wheelchair to clean the tires independently

Adjustable-height changing table

Adjustable-height changing table

- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities

Data tools that enable more keystrokes
Data tools that enable more keystrokes
- assistive device for people with impaired hand function.
Control of car
Control 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.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
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 .
Beach Wheelchair
Beach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water.
Carry, hold, fetch – help from service dog
Carry, hold, fetch – help from service dog
A service dog can provide everyday help to wheelchair users by carrying, fetching, or holding objects.
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.
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
Scissors with table support
Scissors with table support
A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities 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.
Long elastic baby sling for parents of young children
Long elastic baby sling for parents of young children
An ordinary elastic baby sling works well for a person sitting in a wheelchair.
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.
Smart shoelaces
Smart shoelaces
Shoelace with magnet makes it easier to put shoes on and take them off – suitable for people with impaired hand function.