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

Cleaning wheelchair tires

Cleaning wheelchair tires

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

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

Beach Wheelchair

Beach Wheelchair

A wheelchair that works on sand and in water

Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
Scissors with table support
Scissors with table support
A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities with impaired hand function.
Picking a baby up from the floor
Picking a baby up from the floor
- a technique for people with tetraplegia.
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.
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
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 .
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.
Transfer to horse
Transfer to horse
Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users.
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Adjustable-height changing table
Adjustable-height changing table
- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities.
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.