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

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

Harness for child sitting on lap

Harness for child sitting on lap

- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs

Handbike Stricker

Handbike Stricker

- convert wheelchair into a hand/arm bike

Picking a baby up from the floor

Picking a baby up from the floor

- a technique for people with tetraplegia

Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe disabilities.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
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 .
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Accessible boat dock at vacation home
Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users.
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.
Transfer to horse
Transfer to horse
Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users.
Custom-sewn trousers
Custom-sewn trousers
- 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.
Moving on soft sand
Moving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps.
Data tools that enable more keystrokes
Data tools that enable more keystrokes
- assistive device for people with impaired hand function.
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.