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

Picking a baby up from the floor

Picking a baby up from the floor

- a technique for people with tetraplegia

Adapted excavator

Adapted excavator

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

Scissors with table support

Scissors with table support

A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities with impaired hand function

Automatic soap pump with sensor

Automatic soap pump with sensor

- 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.
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.
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 .
Beach Wheelchair
Beach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water.
Adjustable-height changing table
Adjustable-height changing table
- suitable for parents of young children with disabilities.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
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.
Handbike Stricker
Handbike Stricker
- convert wheelchair into a hand/arm bike.
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping for wheelchair users
Camping is not impossible for people with disabilities.
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.
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.
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.