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

Mobile toilet

Mobile toilet

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

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

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

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.
Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
Transfer to horse
Transfer to horse
Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users.
Beach Wheelchair
Beach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
Scissors with table support
Scissors with table support
A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities with impaired hand function.
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users.
Carry, hold, fetch – help from service dog
Carry, hold, fetch – help from service dog
A service dog can provide everyday help to wheelchair users by carrying, fetching, or holding objects.
Adapted excavator
Adapted excavator
- made it possible for a wheelchair user to return to work.
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.
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 .
Handbike Stricker
Handbike Stricker
- convert wheelchair into a hand/arm bike.