Our annual consumer guide is packed with hands-on reviews, product news, and research reports on major disability product categories. Whether you need an easier way to access your shower, are considering a power assist device, want to know how wheelchair users are making money in the short-term rental market, or need to add some fun to your exercise routine, our guide gives you real-world insight to help you make informed decisions.
Opens in a new windowA new hands-free option to control your wheelchair
While high-tech glasses have yet to catch on as a replacement for a smartphone or watch, Ian Ruder reports that they offer an exciting new way to drive an electric wheelchair. We got our hands on the munevo DRIVE controller and are excited about its potential. “Driving with the device took a little getting used to, although tilting the head in the desired direction was intuitive and, with practice, the driver can navigate quite nimbly,” he says.
Opens in a new windowBowhead wheels designed to stay hairless
Adaptive mountain bike company Bowhead Corp. has launched a line of wheels for everyday use wheelchairs designed to eliminate one of the most common annoyances: hair buildup between the wheel and fork. The unique hollow wheel configuration also features stainless steel bearings and a modular design that allows you to replace individual pieces instead of the entire wheel. Read the full ad for details, pricing and where to buy.
Opens in a new windowAlana Nichols: Juggling adaptive sports, advocacy, motherhood and media
As an athlete, Alana Nichols was always busy, traveling the world to become the first American woman to win a gold medal at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games. But now that she has retired from Paralympic sports, her life has become more hectic as she balances raising her young son, her work as a brand ambassador and fighting to raise the profile of adaptive sports. Her biggest takeaway from a life in which she throws herself headlong into new adventures? “Dying at something is the first step to being good at something,” she says.
There are many questions to answer before you are ready to enter the workforce as a wheelchair user. United Spinal Association’s new Employment Education and Preparation Program aims to help you prepare for every aspect of your job search, including disability benefits counseling. “Our experts offer strategies for navigating benefits while also seeking gainful employment,” says Lesly St. Louis, director of employment and DEI programs at United Spinal. Participants who complete the 13-week program will be eligible to receive grants to purchase equipment such as a personal computer to assist them in their career path.