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“Can we build the fastest and best racing wheelchair in the world?” Stefan Dürger, Managing Director of Orthotec, asked his workshop colleagues on a beautiful summer day in 2017. “We can, but not alone,” thought the team.

Four years later, two new racing wheelchairs, the OT FOXX M1 and P1 have been created out of Stefan’s visionary idea. They are the first racing wheelchairs manufactured...

Looking for online fitness classes to join from the comfort of your home during the hot summer days? Check out the free classes offered by WheelPower: a British national charity for wheelchair sport.

From now until the end of July, you may enroll yourself in free one-hour classes to work out or practice yoga with experienced trainers in wheelchair via Zoom. No experience is needed. Most...

The European Spinal Cord Injury Federation ESCIF has launched a new platform, ESCIF Forum. It aims to facilitate knowledge transfer and information exchange among people interested in SCI. Planned are 3–4 free Zoom events per year presented by researchers, experienced peers, companies, or representatives from organisations or governments.

The upcoming second event will take place on Monday,...

Canadian Mike Nemesvary was a top freestyle skier with numerous titles to his name. He even appeared in the opening credits of a James Bond movie. Then a trampoline accident left him quadriplegic.

20 years ago, Mike was the first quadriplegic to travel around the world. For his "Round the World Challenge", he travelled to 20 countries, over 40,000 kilometers, in 219 days. He wanted to show...

Mindset is what separates the best from the rest.

Last year the International Paralympic Committee launched their first official podcast “A Winning Mindset: Lessons from the Paralympics”, inviting the world’s leading Para athletes, including Swiss wheelchair racer Manuela Schär, to share their thoughts on extensive topics, such as self-acceptance, resilience, body confidence and...

Until May 28, 2021, the European Space Agency ESA is looking for astronauts with disabilities. The program is called "Parastronaut".

The ESA wants to investigate under which circumstances a candidate with a physical disability can fly to the ISS space station. It is not yet clear, however, whether the chosen candidate will actually take part in a space mission in the end. Also, this first...

You like anime and you like sports? Then you’d enjoy this: the Paralympic anime!

In support of the upcoming Paralympics in Tokyo, the Japanese broadcaster NHK World has created a series of anime showcasing the charm of Paralympic Games! The series is co-produced by various Japanese artists including the renowned manga artists Yōichi Takahashi, best known for Captain Tsubasa: his manga series...

The Swiss society of paraplegia (SSoP) has published a recommendation for people with paraplegia regarding vaccination against COVID-19. First things first: From the point of view of the SSoP, vaccination against COVID-19 is generally highly recommended.

Based on the current level of knowledge, people with a spinal cord injury do not have a generally increased risk of severe cases of...

As the science of artificial intelligence continues to advance, robots have increasingly becoming part of our lives. Nowadays it is rather common to use robots as caregivers or pets for the elderly and people with disabilities.

While robots have continuously shown their potential to improve people’s quality of life, many people question whether they will take over our jobs one day and leave...

In two days, the Cybathlon 2020 takes place. Due to the pandemic, it was postponed several times from its original date in May. And all of us can join, too!

Instead of holding the competitions in the Swiss Arena in Kloten like last time, due to the circumstances there will be a virtual format this time: the teams from all over the world will complete and film the competitions "at home" under...