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Never Before Seen Wheelchair Elevators


The industrial revolution has been awesome to the wheelchair-user. Take the elevator. This makes a night and day difference to our lives, transforming us from dependent into independent individuals and it’s been a beautiful thing to witness.

Elevators too have come a mighty long way since they were invented in the late 1800s. They’ve especially become cooler since the dawn of the Computer age, especially when you throw in a healthy dose of American ingenuity. They’ve been so fabulous in fact we had to write this post.

Read on for three unforgettable videos showcasing elevators made specifically for wheelchair-users.

Video #1: Funicular/Wheelchair Elevator in South Korea Subway

For one of the most brilliant elevator designs you will ever see for wheelchair-users, check out this funicular-inspired device in South Korea used at train stations. While funiculars were definitely not intended for this new use, it seems to be working well, but only time will tell about the safety of this method.

If you’re not familiar with funiculars, they carry a trolley up and down the mountainside, but this use is a great way to make use of space and help people with disabilities. It’s sometimes not always possible to install an elevator. This funicular-styled elevator opens the possibilities of architecture to people with disabilities in all sorts of places.

Check it out: Funicular-inspired “Wheelchair Elevator”

Video #2: SMA Artist Talks Smack About AB’s on Elevators

Havannah Soy, a young woman and artist who also has spinal muscular atrophy, has no qualms about bringing up the sensitive topic of wheelchair etiquette. In fact, she seems to thrive on it, or at the very least knows there’s a lot of people out there who could be benefited by her snarkiness.

In her comedy web-series “The Wheelchair Girl” (check out her blog) it shows her doing all sorts of things, but the wheelchair etiquette video when it comes to elevators takes the cake. She brings up all of sensitive subjects you’ve no doubt thought about – from your head being a butt level and terrible body odor to able-bodied individuals hogging/taking the elevator.

Check it out: The Wheelchair Girl – Elevators

Video #3: Homemade “Escavator” for Basement Stairs

In our last video highlighting unexpected elevators, you will no doubt love this homemade elevator/escalator, made to help a L1 paraplegic get into/out of his basement. It’s essentially an escalator and an elevator in one, hence the name, and it’s quite inexpensive to build as well.

What I love about this lift is that it’s essentially a replica of the real thing. If you are in need of a wheelchair lift or elevator but don’t have the funds, this is the one to go to. It’s cheap to build and can be installed on nearly any staircase.

Check it out: The Wheelchair Escavator

Whether you have an endless amount of cash to build the elevator of your dreams or a limited budget to only do a few critical things, technology is making elevators more exciting and inspiring than ever.  They may not be able to teleport yet, but with these awesome accessible solutions, you never know how far we’ll go.

Where is your favorite elevator in the world?

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A “Wheelchair elevator” in South Korea

Feisty wheelchair-user discusses elevator etiquette

Homemade wheelchair “Escavator” for traversing basement steps

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Save Thousands with Homemade Disability Equipment


Let’s face it – being paralyzed is expensive.  But with a little know how and elbow grease, one area where you can save is on expensive (eh-hem overpriced) disability equipment.  I’m talking about standing frames, 4×4 chairs, even in-home wheelchair lifts.

All of these things can be built at home with the right instructions and a little help. Read on to see four awesome how-to’s on creating badly needed disability equipment. Remember, if you try, please do so at your own risk.

Our first video comes from Jordan, a 20-somethig paraplegic who’s constantly road-tripping across the United States. He’s a huge fan of standing and loves to stand even while he’s on the road.  In his video, he shows how to build a homemade standing frame that’s attached to the side of his minivan.  I know, it sounds a bit crazy, but if you’re a paraplegic, it’s a redesign of the standing frame that’s actually brilliant.

How it works is simple: It’s a wooden frame that juts out of the side sliding door the when the van is parked.  It has two long metal bars that look similar to parallel bars that Jordan uses to pull himself upright.  Quite the brilliant design, and it only cost $35.00 to build. Watch him build his standing frame in a Lowe’s parking lot while road-tripping in upstate New York

If you’ve ever coveted those expensive all-terrain wheelchairs, then you’ll love this video showing a test drive of a homemade 6×6 wheelchair.  Yes that’s right, it has six wheels.  A very clever man has used old retired wheelchairs and a couple other parts to build the ultimate all-terrain wheelchair, and it works like a dream.  Watch the builder get through long grass on the family farm

Accessible motorcycles and scooters are another high-end toy that is out of reach for many people spinal cord injuries. However, if you happen to have two Yamaha Mio125cc scooters lying around, you can use the two together and build the ultimate wheelchair accessible scooter, just like Ryan Jensen did, a paraplegic who travels frequently to Thailand, which is where the scooter resides.

He’s able to roll right on and go, no transfer required, thanks to the large flat floor built between the two cycles.  Its top speed is about 100 km/hour and yes, it looks really freaking cool. It cost him 120000 Thai Baht to build, including the new motorbikes and spare parts, which is a mere $3,834 US. Watch Brian roll onto his scooter and zoom

If you’d like to really impress your friends, you can also try your hand at creating a homemade hand-powered elevator, or a lift rather. A giant lift/pully setup has been designed by a paraplegic in NYC to help him get from the top floor of his warehouse condo to the bottom floor, and he’s created a short video showing him demoing the lift. Watch how the lift works

Some of us may not have the desire to build homemade disability equipment, but if you do, thousands can be saved, and you can stroke your ego while you’re at it, which never hurts.

What kind of homemade disability equipment do you have?

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Homemade wooden standing frame made for a minivan

Homemade 6×6 all-terrain wheelchair

Homemade accessible motorized street scooter

Homemade in-home wheelchair lift

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