• The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

Hand hygiene tips for people with SCI

“Keep your distance. Wash your hands. Stay at home.” – these are some basic measures recommended for everyone against the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a person with spinal cord injury (SCI), what more should you do?

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, a registered charity organization in Canada, has compiled a special COVID-19 guidance for SCI community, offering further tips on hand hygiene and caregiving issues for people with SCI.

To people with SCI, hand hygiene is more than washing hands. You also need to clean your wheelchair and assistive device regularly. How? Check out the infographic below:

Hand hygiene tips for people with SCI

Swiss Paraplegic Centre as cantonal medical center for COVID-19 disease

Yesterday, Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) in Nottwil announced its support to Switzerland’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It becomes one of the four main medical facilities in the Canton of Lucerne to accept and treat patients with COVID-19 disease.

As first step, SPC will convert its sports hall into a medical center for patients with COVID-19 disease. Around 200 beds will be made available within the next two weeks. The new center will then be operated by the Swiss military and civil protection service, separated from the SPC's daily operations.

In addition, up to 100 beds are made available in the SPC’s new acute medical north wing, including an intensive care unit and around 30 ventilation stations, completely available for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 disease.

The SPC is Europe’s largest clinic for acute medicine and the rehabilitation and integration of people with spinal cord injuries. With the new pandemic responsibilities, the SPC has guaranteed its paraplegic patients top-quality care as usual. The health of all patients and staff members remains SPC’s top priority. At the moment, the SPC is no longer accessible to the public, and patient visits are no longer permitted until further notice.

You may find more details about the new COVID-19 measures at SPC here (in German, French and Italian only).

Coronavirus: what helps against fear?

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a special and unusual reality: shut-down of schools and shops, isolating at home, the increasing fear of loneliness and the worry about the virus in general. We are all challenged physically and psychologically like never before. In fact, many would feel vulunerable and some may even face panic attack, anxiety or depression.

How can we prepare ourselves to cope with the current situation and minimize its impact on our lives? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US has offered some good stress and coping advice for different target groups on this webpage.

A doctor who works for Doctors Without Borders has also given some advice on how to deal with fear in the video below:

Cybathlon 2020 postponed to September

Cybathlon, the renowned championship of assistive technologies, has been postponed from 2-3 May to 19-20 September 2020. The decision has been made one day before the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is characterized as pandemic by WHO.

It would be the second Cybathlon to be held since its debut in 2016. Run by ETH Zurich, it is an international event with the goal to promote research, development and implementation of assistive technology for people with disabilities. This year, over 80 teams from all over the world are invited to compete in the two-day championship on six disciplines including powered exoskeleton and powered wheelchair race.

Let's hope the impact of the virus can be controlled and minimized by the government measures implemented and everyone's continuous effort to protect themselves and others. Our best wishes to Cybathlon to be held successfully in September 2020!

America first: accessible scooter rental service

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Sharing is caring. Recently, Oakland has become the first city in the US to offer a e-scooter-sharing service for people with disabilities. Watch here.

The new e-scooter-sharing service is provided by Lime, a car-sharing company in the US. It’s a follow-up of last year's adaptive bike share pilot launched in Oakland. Those who can balance themselves on a seated scooter can rent one through the new sharing service. These scooters are designed with larger wheels and wider handlebar for better balance and driving experience.

According to a survey by Lime, 8% of their customers worldwide have either a permanent or temporary disability including those with limited mobility issues. When do you think we’ll see similar or even better accessible car-sharing services available in Switzerland or Europe?

The car-sharing breakthrough for wheelchair users

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Soon it won’t be a dream anymore to car-share as a wheelchair user. Recently, the world’s first car-sharing system for wheelchair users called “WheeM-i” has been showcased at the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai.

The concept of WheeM-i is pretty much the same like Mobility, the car-sharing service in Switzerland. There’ll be an app where users can book and get real-time information about their WheeM-i. They can also use the app to interact with other wheelchair users, other means of transport and transport applications. The specially-designed vehicle allows users to get on with their own wheelchairs to drive, so it’s totally independent!

Watch here to learn about this breakthrough of accessibility and sharing economy.

Free Tickets to Swiss Handicap 2019

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Swiss Handicap will take place again in Lucerne this year on 29th and 30th November with the theme “work”. Over 100 exhibitors will gather at this unique national trade fair to promote independence and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Our Community will join this year’s event with a 20-minutes-talk given by Johannes, our Community Manager, on Saturday the 30th at 13.30. You can also visit exhibits from particular members of the Swiss Paraplegic Group during the two-day event.

Paraplegia, the benefactors’ magazine by Swiss Paraplegic Foundation, has offered a voucher code for its readers to attend Swiss Handicap 2019 for free. Details are available here (see on page 5).

See you at Swiss Handicap 2019!

Adaptive Halloween Costumes

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Last-minute preparation is rarely possible for people with disabilities. However, it’s feasible this year for children with disabilities who like to dress up for trick or treat.

Target, one of the largest retailers in the US, has been introducing adaptive clothing for kids since 2017. Now, the company has added a line of inclusive and adaptive Halloween costumes for kids aged 2 to 15. The line includes costumes which are easy dressing and wheelchair-friendly as well as covers which are adjustable to fit various wheelchair sizes.

To find out more about these new adaptive Halloween costumes, read USA Today’s article: Boo-tiful! Target’s adaptive Halloween costumes help every child ‘bask in the fun’.

The Mind-controlled Exoskeleton Suit

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Recently, a paralysed man known as Thibault has been able to walk again using a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit during a clinical trial at Clinatec research centre in Grenoble, France. He has joined the clinical trial since 2017. Before his attempt with the exoskeleton, he has been practicing with the two sensors implanted on his brain on a virtual character in a computer game.

What’s special about this exoskeleton? What does it mean for Thibault being able to walk with it? Find out more in the articles below:

Interabled Couple in Poland

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Remember Shane & Hannah: the interabled couple we reported earlier this year? They got engaged just months after in June! In August, the couple took off to their second overseas trip together in…POLAND!

Before their trip, they were told by many that Poland is not that accessible for travelers in wheelchair. But is that true? Here’re their stories:

  • It’s Not Working: Squirmy and Grubs, Hannah and Shane’s nicknames for each other as well as the name of their YouTube channel, held their first meet-up in Poland, and it was such a great turnout!

UK’s “New” Disability Measures?

With 14 million people living with a disability in the country, the UK Prime Minister announced new measures last week to address the inequalities these people face. These measures include higher accessibility standards for new housing, greater workplace support for disabled people, new cross-government disability team and more.

Full details about the new measures:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-new-drive-to-tackle-barriers-faced-by-disabled-people

Do you think it’s a breakthrough for people with disabilities in the UK? What else can be done to ensure people with disabilities are at the heart of government policy?

Our new Community

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Glad to have you back! We have done a lot to make sure that you find your way around quickly and feel at home – including this new section, where we regularly post latest tips, information, links, articles, videos, etc. Read this post if you want to know what other new features you can expect here. We hope you like the new Community :-)

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Hand hygiene tips for people with SCI
“Keep your distance. Wash your hands. Stay at home.” – these are some basic measures recommended for everyone against the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a person with spinal cord injury (SCI), what...
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