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

Adapted excavator

Adapted excavator

- made it possible for a wheelchair user to return to work

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

Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer

Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer

- suitable for people with impaired hand function

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

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.
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users.
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.
Bestic flatware
Bestic flatware
A simple maneuverable assistive device for eating – suitable for disabled people who can’t use their arms and hands.
Transfer to horse
Transfer to horse
Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity 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 .
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
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.
Adjustable-height changing table
Adjustable-height changing table
- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities.
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.
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping is not impossible for people with disabilities.
Beach Wheelchair
Beach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.