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

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

Beach Wheelchair

Beach Wheelchair

A wheelchair that works on sand and in water

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

Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
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.
Scissors with table support
Scissors with table support
A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities with impaired hand function.
Transfer to horse
Transfer to horse
Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users.
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
Bestic flatware
Bestic flatware
A simple maneuverable assistive device for eating – suitable for disabled people who can’t use their arms and hands.
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Picking a baby up from the floor
Picking a baby up from the floor
- a technique for people with tetraplegia.
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
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.
Custom-sewn trousers
Custom-sewn trousers
- suitable for wheelchair users.