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

Magnetic grip

Magnetic grip

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

Accessible boat dock at vacation home

Accessible boat dock at vacation home

Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users

Camping for wheelchair users

Camping for wheelchair users

Camping is not impossible for people with disabilities

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.
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.
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.