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1592 9. August 2016

Disabilities cartoons: a way for removing barriers

Dave Lupton, better known as Crippen or Sox, is a very famous disabled cartoonist in the UK.

As a matter of fact, he has been commissioned by many television companies such as the BBC, and Channel 4, but also by numerous mainstream newspapers such as the Guardian and the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Since Crippen is on a wheelchair for many years now, he is very much attached to disability and disability-related issues. Currently, in his...

1020 20. July 2016

Apps and online maps: showing accessible places around the world

Travelling can be a better experience for wheelchair users with the support of a mobile phone app that displays where and what the accessible locations are. The following list provides a description of websites and mobile phone apps which display and categorize accessible spots around the world.


AXS map

Momentarily, the website and app AXS mapis available in English only. Nevertheless, compared with other maps it is probably the most detailed one...

456 13. July 2016

"Being a mother is the best part of my life"

Experiences by pregnant women with spinal cord injury

Experiences by pregnant women with spinal cord injury

Authors of summary: Sue Bertschy and Teresa Brinkel (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original articles:
  1. Bertschy S, Geyh S, Pannek J, Meyer T. Perceived needs and experiences with healthcare services of women with spinal cord injury during pregnancy and childbirth – a qualitative content analysis of focus groups and individual interviews. BMC Health Services Research...

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Soldac_old 2016-07-20
Apps and online maps: showing accessible places around the world
Travelling can be a better experience for wheelchair users with the support of a mobile phone app that displays where and what the accessible...
Apps are really helping us in every area and mapping apps are also making travel and routing easy. do you have any idea about banking app I know...
1 johntip 2018-03-30
bettid_old 2016-08-09
Disabilities cartoons: a way for removing barriers
Dave Lupton, better known as Crippen or Sox, is a very famous disabled cartoonist in the UK. As a matter of fact, he has been commissioned by many...
Dear Betid, Again a good report! You have the talent of finding interesting topics and to present them well - i.e. pasting cartoons directly in...
2 fritz.vischer_o 2016-08-09
bettid_old 2016-07-12
Humans of New York – A snapshot into people’s lives and stories
Humans of New York is a project born in 2010 by the photographer Brandon Stanton. His main purpose is to tell stories – snapshots of individuals'...
This is a very entertaining report. Life is much more diverse in New York than here. This is one of the messages these picutres tell. Another is:...
1 fritz.vischer_o 2016-07-13
799 12. July 2016

Humans of New York – A snapshot into people’s lives and stories

Humans of New York is a project born in 2010 by the photographer Brandon Stanton. His main purpose is to tell stories – snapshots of...

453 28. April 2016

Living with a disability in Tanzania

In a country of 45 million people, it is estimated that 3.5 million people in Tanzania live with a disability. People with disabilities are often...

623 26. April 2016

Intrinsic hand muscle function, part 2

Comparing two surgical procedures used to restore a functional grasping movement

2086 19. April 2016

Everyone has their Austria.

Hello, everyone!

I would like to share with you an article from the Russian forum invatravel.rudevoted to a trip...

287 16. December 2015

Diet and consumption of addictive substances - habits of people with spinal cord injury in comparison with the general population

Authors of summary: Teresa Brinkel and Christine Fekete (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Fekete C, Weyers S, Siegrist J, Michel G, Gemperli A. Poor...
842 13. November 2015

Flashback: A Summer Holiday in Salou, Catalonia/Spain

Hello, everyone!

I would like to share with you an article written by a wheelchair traveler sharing his travel experience to Port Aventura Park, ...

448 9. September 2015

Love Ring Taiwan - the Honeymoon Adventure of a Taiwanese SCI Couple

Who hasn’t dreamed of a fairytale wedding and seeing the world on their honeymoon? Maybe not many men do but certainly many girls do and...

325 15. August 2015

The handcycle as ideal means of transport for leisure, exercising and everyday use

Authors of summary: Ursina Arnet and Timo Hinrichs (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Arnet U, Hinrichs T, Lay V, Bertschy S, Frei H, Brinkhof MW; ...
1088 13. August 2015

The Tour to the Moscow Kremlin

Hello to everyone,

To begin with, I am native Russian and I have a big interest to share with you an article recently posted on...

693 12. May 2015

The benefit of using digital devices and information technology for people with SCI

Author of summary: Rachel Park (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Mattar AA, Hitzig SL, McGillivray CF. A qualitative study on the use of personal information...
839 31. March 2015

Bryce Rafferty: An American's SCI story in Switzerland

Hello everyone,

My name is Bryce John Rafferty. I am a 26 year old American man currently living in Colorado, where I went to college...
311 20. February 2015

Work-related stress and quality of life – the impacts of stressful working conditions in persons with spinal cord injury

Authors of summary: Teresa Brinkel and Christine Fekete (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Fekete C, Wahrendorf M, Reinhardt JD, Post MW, Siegrist J. Work stress...
1279 11. February 2015

Performing Arts in Switzerland – Where you should go and why!

Reasons to go to see an opera, ballet, play or symphony:
  • To experience something different. No matter what year it was written, most storylines are...
308 15. January 2015

Comparing the shoulder load using a wheelchair versus a handbike

Author of summary: Ursina Arnet (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Arnet U, van Drongelen S, Scheel-Sailer A, van der Woude LH, Veeger DH. Shoulder load...
698 2. December 2014

Ice-skating in a wheelchair? But of course!

Fresh winter air in your face, that feeling as if you were flying, people all around you laughing and having a good time, Christmas-time music...
265 17. November 2014

Pain: how to communicate it, how to understand it

Author of summary: Claudia Zanini (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Maino P, Zanini C. Il dolore tra medico e paziente, come comunicarlo, come comprenderlo. Rivista...
244 10. September 2014

First report of the World Health Organization on spinal cord injury now also published in German and French

Author: Per von Groote (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Swiss Paraplegic Research in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a unique report with the...
316 26. June 2014

Intrinsic hand muscle function, part 1: creating a functional grasp

Author of summary: Ursina Arnet (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Arnet U, Muzykewicz DA, Friden J, Lieber RL. Intrinsic Hand Muscle Function, Part 1: Creating...
240 2. May 2014

Media portrayals of people with disabilities: Watching a film scene featuring a police officer in a wheelchair improves attitudes of the public

Authors of summary: Jan D. Reinhardt (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Reinhardt JD, Pennycott A, Fellinghauer BA. Impact of a film portrayal of a police...
218 14. March 2014

Sports and the media: a love affair through and through?

Author of summary: Sue Bertschy (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Bertschy S, Reinhardt JD. Disability Sport in the Swiss Media. In: Schantz OJ, Gilbert K, ...
277 13. December 2013

Qualitative and quantitative research

Authors: Claudia Zanini and Julia Amann (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Quantitative and qualitative research methods are two different traditions, whereby quantitative research is about measuring things...
216 6. December 2013

What is a survey?

Author: Andrea Glässel (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Sources: 1) Fink A. The Survey Handbook. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications; 2002. 2) Carter R, Lubinsky...
280 4. December 2013

Employment of people with spinal cord injury in Switzerland

Author of summary: Albert Marti (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Marti A, Reinhardt JD, Graf S, Escorpizo R, Post MWM. To work or not to...
262 4. December 2013

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): a portrait

Author: Fabian Diesner (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Geneva: 2001.
We live in a...
392 3. December 2013

Design of the Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Study (SwiSCI)

Author: Teresa Brinkel (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
SwiSCI, the most comprehensive study on spinal cord injury in Switzerland is a so called cohort...
381 3. December 2013

How are people in the wheelchair perceived?

Authors of summary: Carolina Ballert, Sibylle Graf, Felix Gradinger, Alexander Lötscher, Christine Muff, and Jan D. Reinhardt (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Reinhardt JD, ...
272 2. December 2013

Individual experiences of people with spinal cord injury in Switzerland

Author of summary: Andrea Glässel (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Lüthi H, Geyh S, Baumberger ME, Dokladal P, Scheuringer M, Mäder M, Cieza A. The...
328 2. December 2013

Mental health is important: Whether people with spinal cord injury participate in everyday life or not strongly depends on their confidence and self-esteem

Author of summary: Szilvia Geyh (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Geyh S, Nick E, Stirnimann D, Ehrat S, Michel F, Peter C, Lude P. Self-efficacy...
242 2. December 2013

What are focus groups?

Authors: Claudia Zanini and Julia Amann (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Sources: 1) Gibbs A. Focus groups. Social research update. 1997;19. 2) Morgan DL. Focus groups. Annual...
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Breathing is the most normal thing in the world for us. We hardly think about it, even though we breathe in and out about 20,000 times per day. We breathe more when we are active and exerting ourselves, and we breathe less when we are...
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What are contractures and how do they develop? Contractures are shortenings of muscles, tendons or ligaments that have a limiting effect on the movements of the joints. The normal ability to move a joint is lost. Contractures are frequently...
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In some cases, support is needed for cleaning the nasopharyngeal space and keeping it free from secretion. For this purpose, suctioning is performed through the nose and, if necessary, the mouth. This is particularly necessary if the nose cannot be...

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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...
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