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

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby

- team sport for people with tetraplegia

Poollyft

Poollyft

Specialtillverkad poollyft som möjliggör för användaren att ta sig i och ur en pool självständigt

Adapted excavator

Adapted excavator

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

Bestic flatware

Bestic flatware

A simple maneuverable assistive device for eating – suitable for disabled people who can’t use their arms and hands

Magnetic grip
Magnetic grip
Magnets of different strengths sewn into wheelchair gloves - suitable for individuals with impaired handfunctions.
Cleaning wheelchair tires
Cleaning wheelchair tires
Aluminum structure enables an individual who drives an electric wheelchair to clean the tires independently.
Beach Wheelchair
Beach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water.
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.
Självuppdragande korkskruv
Självuppdragande korkskruv
Lätthanterlig korkskruv - lämplig för personer med nedsatt handfunktion.
Pronation aid
Pronation aid
- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated).
Removing an outer jacket
Removing an outer jacket
Technology to take off an outer jacket - suitable for a person with severe 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 .
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.
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.
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.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Picking a baby up from the floor
Picking a baby up from the floor
- a technique for people with tetraplegia.