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The Wheelchair Series: What the Spinal Cord Injury Consumer Needs to Know

Adjusting to change and loss in functionality after a spinal cord injury is challenging, but not impossible. This section will help you get a jump start in discovering the possibilities of an active lifestyle and resources that can help you achieve that.  

Just about any activity can be adapted to your level of injury, lifestyle, and interests. If you are sports-minded, some of those already established groups for adaptive soccer, adaptive baseball, adaptive sailing, adaptive scuba diving, adaptive golf, adaptive hockey, adaptive skiing, adaptive dance, fitness, and weightlifting programs. Resources for involvement in Paralympic Sport Clubs are also included.

Artistically inclined individuals can learn about adaptive painting and drawing and other adaptive art programs, such as adaptive photography and adaptive music. There are many forms of adaptive equipment that enable involvement in crafts, hobbies, and games.

For the outdoor enthusiast, organizations are listed for adaptive camps, adaptive fishing, adaptive kayaking, adaptive mountain climbing, adaptive alpine ski and snowboarding, adaptive cycling, adaptive boat racing, adaptive whitewater rafting, or other adventure activities. Yes, all of these are possible for persons living with spinal cord injury!

There are also accessible travel groups that enable both domestic and international vacations. Resources and travel tips for transport by railroad, airplane, bus, accessible van, and car can help make travel as seamless and hassle-free as possible.  

And for the video gamers, learn about accessible technology and equipment. Expand your knowledge and skill depending on your level of injury in using computer accessibility features, adaptive screen readers, voice recognition technology, adaptive joysticks, adaptive computer tables, and other computer adaptions.

Peer support groups and programs are also listed; they provide helpful tips for reentering and rediscovering recreational activities that bring joy, nurture relationships, and build friendships. Scroll through this section to explore ways to enhance your physical, emotional, cognitive, and social wellbeing.

The Wheelchair Series: What the Spinal Cord Injury Consumer Needs to Know

The wheelchair is a complex piece of equipment that has been extensively engineered and studied. Becoming a wheelchair expert increases your ability to get a wheelchair that truly meets your needs. While it is not possible or a single handout to teach all there is to know, topics covered by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center on Getting the Right Wheelchair, The Manual Wheelchair and The Power Wheelchair include key information that can support your ongoing development of wheelchair knowledge.

 

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