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

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

Removing an outer jacket

Removing an outer jacket

Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities

Mobile toilet

Mobile toilet

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

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.
Picking a baby up from the floor
Picking a baby up from the floor
- a technique for people with tetraplegia.
Bestic flatware
Bestic flatware
A simple maneuverable assistive device for eating – suitable for disabled people who can’t use their arms and hands.
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.
Transfer to horse
Transfer to horse
Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users.
Handbike Stricker
Handbike Stricker
- convert wheelchair into a hand/arm bike.
Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
Beach Wheelchair
Beach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water.
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.
Adjustable-height changing table
Adjustable-height changing table
- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities.
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.
Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair Rugby
- team sport for people with tetraplegia.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.