There have been a multitude of helpful devices invented for people with disabilities since the 1970s, starting with the power wheelchair, and most recently as of last year, commercially available exoskeletons that help people walk. Outside of mobility equipment, computers as well have transformed the lives of people with spinal cord injuries.
The internet has brought an interconnectedness to our lives and home devices that has enabled independence for many, especially those with limited mobility in their arms. With devices like Alexa or a Nest thermostat, people can have true control of their homes like never before. But this is just the beginning of what’s available.
There are dozens of adaptive devices and technologies that help people with spinal cord injuries live independent lives. If you want to drive again, there is adaptive technology available. If you want to transfer independently but have limited arm mobility, there is a ceiling lift that will lift you out of your wheelchair. And if you want to make your home more accessible, there are multitudes of technologies available to make your home more high-tech.
To find out about all of the adapted technologies and devices that are available, FacingDisability.com has created a list of links to the best adaptive technology and adaptive devices. There are thousands to discover. If you need help researching adaptive technology or have a question about a device for a specific need, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.– Visit FacingDisability’s list: Assistive Technology Links