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

Cleaning wheelchair tires

Cleaning wheelchair tires

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

Handbike Stricker

Handbike Stricker

- convert wheelchair into a hand/arm bike

Barnsits på Permobil

Barnsits på Permobil

En så kallad pandastol, en arbetsstol för barn, är monterad på en Permobil

Magnetic grip

Magnetic grip

Magnets of different strengths sewn into wheelchair gloves - suitable for individuals with impaired handfunctions

Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
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.
Smarta regnbyxor
Smarta regnbyxor
Byxor som är smidigt att ta på sig sittande i rullstol - underlättar både för användaren och för hans assistenter.
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
Självuppdragande korkskruv
Självuppdragande korkskruv
Lätthanterlig korkskruv - lämplig för personer med nedsatt handfunktion.
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.
Scissors with table support
Scissors with table support
A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities with impaired hand function.
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.
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 .
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.
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping is not impossible for people with disabilities.