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

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

Pronation aid

Pronation aid

- a simple assistive device to hold the hand with the palm facing downwards (pronated)

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

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

Data tools that enable more keystrokes
Data tools that enable more keystrokes
- assistive device for people with impaired hand function.
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.
Transfer to horse
Transfer to horse
Lift that enables transfer to horse - opportunity for wheelchair users.
Scissors with table support
Scissors with table support
A stable scissors suitable for people with disabilities with impaired hand function.
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.
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.
Mobile toilet
Mobile toilet
A folding lift attached to the wheelchair makes bathroom visits possible anywhere – suitable for women with extensive disabilities.
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
Easy-to-use eyebrow tweezer
- suitable for people with impaired hand function.
Harness for child sitting on lap
Harness for child sitting on lap
- suitable for parents of young children who use wheelchairs.
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.
Automatic soap pump with sensor
Automatic soap pump with sensor
- 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.