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

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

Harness for child sitting on lap

Harness for child sitting on lap

- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs

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

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby

- team sport for people with tetraplegia

Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users.
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.
Picking a baby up from the floor
Picking a baby up from the floor
- a technique for people with tetraplegia.
Scissors with table support
Scissors with table support
A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities with impaired hand function.
Bestic flatware
Bestic flatware
A simple maneuverable assistive device for eating – suitable for disabled people who can’t use their arms and hands.
Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
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.
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 .
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.
Adjustable-height changing table
Adjustable-height changing table
- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities.
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
Custom-sewn trousers
Custom-sewn trousers
- suitable for wheelchair users.