I’ve recently had a large amount of interest shown in modular ramp systems and have written a new page in the Wheelchair Ramp section of the website providing information on specific modular ramp components and considerations that need to be taken into account when purchasing them.
The article provides a lot of information on how to determine length and slope of a ramp, modular or not. Components of the ramp and regulations surrounding installation and use of a modular ramp.
Dear Everybody is a new awareness campaign from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital aiming to remove the stigma often attached to those having a disability and providing guidance for people who may have questions on how to interact with people with disabilities.
As Holland Bloorview is a children’s hospital they provide a lot of information on interacting with children with disabilities but the information also applies to adults as well.
I believe the information gathered at deareverybody.ca is of value to those with disabilities, those who regularly interact with people with disabilities and those who rarely interact with people with disabilities.
They’ve created several a number of tip sheets targeted at specific groups: Continue reading →
I posted an article this morning offering advice and information to seniors about staying in their homes as they age.
This article was written by the people at Stannah Stairlifts and offers information and advice touching on barriers to aging at home, living independently and safely at home and, of course, some information about stairlifts.
It offers some good advice and information for those who are approaching the age, or are already at the age, where staying in their home is becoming more difficult and decisions will have to be made.
So, if you are interested in finding ways to stay in your home as long as possible or have family members or clients who are facing this type of situation I think you’ll find this article worth reading.
I was contacted last week from a lady wanting information about the width of a doorway that is needed for a wheelchair to pass through easily. Although this seems like it should have a simple answer, it doesn’t.
After writing a rather long and complicated response by email, I thought it should be a topic that I should go into with more depth on the website.
So, I’ve added a page in the Articles section of the Mobilitybasics.ca website about wheelchair and doorway widths for those who are interested.
I came across this today and was staggered by the lack of knowledge the creators of these ramps have shown. I suspect they never expected anyone to use them and even if one was able to I doubt they’d survive most of them.
Now we know why building and accessibility codes are needed in most places.
On Saturday I visited the Toronto Abilities Expo at the International Centre on Airport Road in Mississauga. This show was a three day public show to for manufacturers and dealers in the home health care industry to display their products to the public.
In addition to the product displays, there were many booths occupied by organisations whose purpose was solely to provide services to people with disabilities. One of these organizations is My Team Triumph Canada.
This organization teams up people with disabilities with able bodied helpers in order to allow them to participate in sporting events such as runs, marathons, triathlons, etc., that they normally wouldn’t be able to participate in. This organization is completely donor funded and provides it’s services at no cost to the participant. For more information on this services please visit: www.mttcanada.org/
I’ve added a page to the wheelchair section of the site today with information on Rowheels replacement wheelchair wheels. I came across these wheels when researching different types of alternative drive systems for manual wheelchairs and thought this was something many people may be interested in.
These wheels provide benefits to the user in terms of more efficient wheeling, improved posture, reduced shoulder injury, strengthened back muscles and improved range of motion.
These wheels, as the name suggests, propel the wheelchair when the user turns the hand rims backwards. Like a rowing a rowboat, the user pulls backwards to propel the wheelchair forward. The difference is, of course, the wheelchair user will be facing the direction they are going.
There is a lot of data and studies to support the theory of pulling back to propel forward and when I think about how one propels a wheelchair it actually starts to make sense.
While pulling backward to propel forward may have many benefits, I’m not sure that these are wheels that a long term wheelchair user could easily change over to. I’m sure the learning curve experienced by user will vary greatly and new wheelchair users will probably have less issues with this departure from normal wheel chair propulsion.
Okay, this is a little bit different from the normal stuff I post about but thought my visitors might be interested in it.
There is an article in the Toronto Star today about a little girl who uses a home made wheelchair built by her parents. The young girl is paralyzed below the arms by a tumor on her spine and there was no expectation she’d be able to even pull herself around on the floor for two or three years. Apparently it didn’t take long before she figured out that by pushing and pulling on the wheels she could move around their house independently.
Her mom went online looking for wheelchairs for toddlers and found a design that they could make at home for about $100.00 using an off the shelf toddler seat, a cutting board, a couple of small bike wheels and a couple of casters.
I’ve recently been looking at propulsion aids for people who have limitations that make propelling a wheelchair difficult. The last few wheelchair devices I added to the site were to make propulsion easier by using motors. Today I’ve added a page on the Neater Uni-Chair.
The Neater Uni-Chair is designed to provide people who only have the use of one foot and one hand independent mobility in a manual wheelchair. The Uni-Chair uses a single handrim that propels both wheels through a specialized differential and a movable footplate that allows the user to steer the wheelchair with their foot.
This chair is manufactured in the UK but is available in North America through their US distributer.
I’ve added a new product page to the website’s wheelchair section on the Xtender power assist wheels for manual Quickie wheelchairs. The Xtenders are options for Quickie wheelchairs only and can be added to compatible models at the time of purchase or as an add-on later.
The Xtenders are similar in theory to the Alber e-Motion wheels I added yesterday but have some specific differences. For one, they only are compatible with select Quickie Wheelchairs. Two, they are available in two models depending on the needs of the user. Three, they can be ordered with either Lithium or Nickel batteries. Four, the wheels actually communicate with each other to provide controlled tracking.