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

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

Pronation aid

Pronation aid

- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated)

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

Custom-sewn trousers
Custom-sewn trousers
- suitable for wheelchair users.
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.
Cleaning wheelchair tires
Cleaning wheelchair tires
Aluminum structure enables an individual who drives an electric wheelchair to clean the tires independently.
Magnetic grip
Magnetic grip
Magnets of different strengths sewn into wheelchair gloves - suitable for individuals with impaired handfunctions.
Scissors with table support
Scissors with table support
A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities with impaired hand function.
Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users.
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable 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.
Data tools that enable more keystrokes
Data tools that enable more keystrokes
- assistive device for people with impaired hand function.
Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
Transfer to horse
Transfer to horse
Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users.
Bestic flatware
Bestic flatware
A simple maneuverable assistive device for eating – suitable for disabled people who can’t use their arms and hands.