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

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

Cleaning wheelchair tires

Cleaning wheelchair tires

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

Mobile toilet

Mobile toilet

A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities

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

Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
Data tools that enable more keystrokes
Data tools that enable more keystrokes
- assistive device for people with impaired hand function.
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable 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.
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.
Adjustable-height changing table
Adjustable-height changing table
- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities.
Bestic flatware
Bestic flatware
A simple maneuverable assistive device for eating – suitable for disabled people who can’t use their arms and hands.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair Rugby
- team sport for people with tetraplegia.
Picking a baby up from the floor
Picking a baby up from the floor
- a technique for people with tetraplegia.
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping is not impossible for people with disabilities.