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

Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer

Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer

- suitable for people with impaired hand function

Magnetic grip

Magnetic grip

Magnets of different strengths sewn into wheelchair gloves - suitable for individuals with impaired handfunctions

Transfer to horse

Transfer to horse

Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users

Mobile toilet

Mobile toilet

A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive 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.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping is not impossible for people with disabilities.
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users.
Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
Cleaning wheelchair tires
Cleaning wheelchair tires
Aluminum structure enables an individual who drives an electric wheelchair to clean the tires independently.
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 .
Handbike Stricker
Handbike Stricker
- convert wheelchair into a hand/arm bike.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
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.
Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair Rugby
- team sport for people with tetraplegia.
Adjustable-height changing table
Adjustable-height changing table
- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities.