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

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

Transfer to horse

Transfer to horse

Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users

Magnetic grip

Magnetic grip

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

Adapted excavator

Adapted excavator

- made it possible for a wheelchair user to return to work

Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
Beach Wheelchair
Beach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water.
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Handbike Stricker
Handbike Stricker
- convert wheelchair into a hand/arm bike.
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
Picking a baby up from the floor
Picking a baby up from the floor
- a technique for people with tetraplegia.
Fällbar elektrisk rullstol e-Throne
Fällbar elektrisk rullstol e-Throne
en bra reserullstol, lätt att fälla ihop och att ta med sig i bil och på flyg.
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.
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 .
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.