ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Specialized Equipments for the Disabled

Updated on August 26, 2016

Did you know that?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are as many as 6.5 billion persons with disability today. Sad to say, of this 6.5 billion worldwide population, UNICEF has estimated that around one quarter or 150 million are children.

With half of the world's population under 15 years old, the number of adolescents and youth with disability can be expected to rise over the next decades not included the elderly sick people disabled by chronic illnesses due to aging, injuries, and other complications because of old age. 

In the United States alone, for example, Americans with disabilities constitute the third-largest minority (after persons of Hispanic origin and African Americans); all three of those minority groups number in the 30-some millions in America. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as of 2004, there were some 32 million adults (aged 18 or over) in the United States, plus another 5 million children and youth (under age 18).

Adolescents and youth are at increased risk for acquiring a disability due to work-related injuries and risk taking behavior (including motor vehicle accidents, experimentation with drugs and unprotected sex). Furthermore, many chronic disabling illnesses and mental health conditions first appear only during the second decade of lives.

History of Wheelchair

This is an early photo of a wheelchair fitted with Mecanum wheels, taken at an exhibition in the early 1980's.

The history of wheelchair started dating way back 530 BC when the Greeks placed wheels on a bed, creating the first known wheeled furniture. By 525 ad, the Chinese had placed wheels on chairs. However the first recognisable wheelchair was invented for King Phillip II of Spain. A drawing of the King dated 1595 shows him in a chair with wheels, armrests and footrests. However, it was not self propelled, and perhaps had a closer resemblance to a highchair than a wheelchair of today.

The modern wheelchair began to take shape in the late 19th century to early 20th century with the advent of push rims for self-propulsion in 1881, and wire spoked wheels replacing wooden ones in 1900.

The 20th century saw a rapid development in wheelchairs, from the first motorised wheels in 1918, to the first folding wheelchair, built in 1933 by Herbert B. Everest, paralysed in 1919 in a mining accident, and his friend Harry C. Jennings Sr., a mechanical engineer. By the mid 1970s Errol Markheim at Sopur in Germany, Jeff Minnebraker at Quadra in California, and Rainier Kuschall in Europe, had all created lightweight, aluminum, highly-adjustable chairs.

The most recent two decades have seen the progress in the modern wheelchair accelerate. They are lighter and perform better than ever before. There are now many possibilities available to improve the ride, from suspension systems which help to remove vibrations and jolts, to ultra-light weight frames which enable better performance, to special designs for every individualised need and taste.

Photo & info courtesy of Wikipedia

~Wheelchair & Accessories~

I've been a wheel-user myself for such a couple of years not until I had gone through a series of operation. I know that feeling of uneasiness sitting down on that stiff chair..So, I decided to gather some wheel-chair specifications that can be very useful to your loved-ones as well..

Invacare Lightweight Rollator with 7.5 Inch Wheels Ergonomic Hand-brakes, Blue
Invacare Lightweight Rollator with 7.5 Inch Wheels Ergonomic Hand-brakes, Blue

Easy-to-operate ergonomic hand brakes lock the rear wheels for security. Flip-up padded seat. Lightweight aluminum frame. Removable foam-padded curved backrest enhances comfort and can be easily removed. Rollator folds easily with the standard basket attached. Seat dimensions 12.5"D x 13.75"W, Seat To Floor Height: 23.23". Height adjustment 32.68" to 37.32". 7.5" wheels. Product weight 19 pounds. Weight capacity 300 pounds. Warranty: frame: 3 years, other components: 1 year.

 
HUGO Premium Rolling Walker, Cranberry
HUGO Premium Rolling Walker, Cranberry

Product Features:

*Comfortable ergonomic handgrips are the perfect blend of comfort and control; adjustable handlebars accommodate heights up to 6'5'

*Large 8 inch wheels, fully padded seat and backrest with all weather covering; deep cloth basket for storage; easy locking brakes for safety while sitting

*Easy to read owners manual; fits through standard doorways; seat depth 12"; seat width 12"

*Lightweight and easy to fold; holds up to 250 pounds

*No tools required

 

A Must-Have BOOKS! - Be inspired to live life.

The best way to cope up with your disability is to divert your valuable time in reading so that way you are learning and inspired by those people who are going through the same with your situation...Read In Order To Live -Gaustave Flaubert

No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life
No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life

"No Excuses is the amazing story of Kyle Maynard, a young man born with the genetic defect known as Quadramembral Phocomelia that caused him to have limited growth of his arms legs. The book starts out with Kyle explaing what his parents were going through as his mother's pregnancy progressed. the doctors telling her not to worry and then questioning whether to abort or not. Kyle was born and he quickly learned to adapt to his shortcomings; working hard to learn to use regular utensils. With a loving, supportive family, Kyle did the things most boys his age did; played football, street hockey and video games. The family moved to Georgia and Kyle made friends pretty fast. He'd play football and desired to play baseball but wrestling would soon be his calling. The book then chronicles his triumphs within the sport and his training and diet. "

 
Stephen Hawking: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
Stephen Hawking: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous physicist since Albert Einstein. His decades-long struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), combined with his singular brilliance as a cosmologist, has fascinated both the public and his colleagues in science.

 
Still Me: With a New Afterword for this Edition
Still Me: With a New Afterword for this Edition

The whole world held its breath when Christopher Reeve struggled for life on Memorial Day, 1995. On the third jump of a riding competition, Reeve was thrown headfirst from his horse in an accident that broke his neck and left him unable to move or breathe. In the years since then, Reeve has not only survived, but has fought for himself, for his family, and for the hundreds of thousands of people with spinal cord injuries in the United States and around the world. And he has written Still Me, the heartbreaking, funny, courageous, and hopeful story of his life.

 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Biography
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Biography

Elizabeth Barrett Browning is consider to be the most respected poets of the Victorian Era. In her biography, it discusses all her life's struggles as an invalid at the same time her passion and career as a poet and prolific writer. Later on, the life that she has spend with her husband Robert Browning.

 
Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life
Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life

The book examines his life as a person battled polio when he was young. You'll find the struggles and tribulations he faced in his career as a film-maker along side some new insights and detailed discussion about his films and other journeys.

 

Twenty Six Years Living with Disability -My Story

A lot of my friends still wondering what could have been the enemy that stricken me. Some of the strangers that I came across the street often stop and take a minute to look at me as if there's something wrong with me. From the moment that I become a toddler I already knew that I am different from everyone else. In our family, we rarely discuss it because no one knew the real cause behind it. Not until I entered the age of 10, there I was diagnosed to have a Idiopathic Osteolysis Carpotarsal, a rare bone disease. I was told by my doctor that I could never walk again and it's much better to get my knees to be fixed in a wheelchair. I totally don't remember what it is like my initial reaction.

But, of course, my Mom who is my only companion at that time was so devastated hearing the bad news. I don't know how many of (us) kids nor adults in the world with the same case as I am. I can relate to the feeling as if you're life has been into an abyss of confusion how to pick up the pieces together and learned to move into one places to another literally in a possible way that you can do. Until my family decided me to undergo a series of operation to lessen the deformity and somehow to stop any complications that occur in my later age.

Bringing up again all the same issues, I never thought it in a negative way that would only caused me pain. With the hope in my heart that everything that we have right now is temporary gives me a sort of happiness thinking that Jehovah God has a lot of things in store for me in the future.

So, to those people who are in the same situation, a lot of times you might feel how life's unfair just don't lose hope soon you will discover something in your talent uniquely your own. Strive for the best and God will do the rest.

Always remember to P-U-S-H!

Stands for:

P - pray

U - until

S - something

H - happens!!

2 Corinthians 4:7: However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the power beyond what is normal may be God's and not that out of ourselves.

Great INSTRUCTIONAL DVDS - A perfect guide in taking care of your disabled loved-ones.

A Stroke Survivor's Guide To Independence: Wheelchair Transfers [VHS]
A Stroke Survivor's Guide To Independence: Wheelchair Transfers [VHS]

This videotape is extremely helpful for families and caregivers. It clearly demonstrates activities of daily dressing, grooming, and hygiene with stroke survivors. Relearning self care skills care are perfect way for improving independence and function following a stroke. For the greatest improvement it's not just a matter of if they can do the task, but how do they do it. Also included are common problems seen in stroke survivors and tips on how to help them.

Topics include:

-Dressing and undressing

- Grooming and hygiene (washing, shaving, brushing teeth)

- Simple equipment which can be helpful

- Tips on how you can help reduce frustration

- Improving the weak side while relearning these skills

 
Basic Massage Therapy
Basic Massage Therapy

This massage therapy instructional DVD teaches the techniques used by professional massage therapists in everything from Swedish massage to deep tissue and pressure point therapy. The video is narrated and demonstrated by a Registered Massage Therapist with years of training and professional experience. The DVD skillfully covers all the basic introductory massage techniques and shows some advanced maneuvers while providing all the tools necessary to learn the healing art of massage. This video is a great instructional device whether the intent is massaging for fun or pursuing massage therapy as a career.

 
Learning American Sign Language DVD to accompany Learning American Sign Language - Levels 1 & 2 Beginning and Intermediate, 2nd Edition
Learning American Sign Language DVD to accompany Learning American Sign Language - Levels 1 & 2 Beginning and Intermediate, 2nd Edition

This new DVD to accompany the best-selling sign language book, Learning American Sign Language, brings the art and learning of sign language to life.

 
Targeted Cancer Therapy (Home Use)
Targeted Cancer Therapy (Home Use)

Part of the award winning public television series Healthy Body/Healthy Mind. For dozens of years, the most common forms of cancer treatments included traditional chemotherapy, radiation and possibly surgery. Now newer medications are emerging, thanks to advances in science. Research has brought about a better understanding of cancer on a molecular level. This understanding is resulting in medicines that zero in on properties unique to cancer cells, allowing those medicines to selectively affect cancer with the potential of less collateral damage to healthy cells in the body. This program, "Targeted Cancer Therapy," describes how targeted therapies work, and introduces patients and families who are finding hope and healing where there once was none.

 
Phiten Titanium Necklace
Phiten Titanium Necklace

The strands of this revolutionary necklace are coated with Phiten's Aqua-Titanium. Its core has Micro-sized Titanium balls in combination with Charcoaled Titanium. It can also be worn on the wrist, ankle or waist to quickly relieve pain and stress.

 

Disabled (A poem by Wilfred Owen)

A poem about war, disablism- the inequality experience by disabled people in this modern society.

He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark,

And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey,

Legless, sewn short at elbow. Through the park

Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn,

Voices of play and pleasure after day,

Till gathering sleep had mothered them from him.

About this time Town used to swing so gay

When glow-lamps budded in the light-blue trees

And girls glanced lovelier as the air grew dim,

- In the old times, before he threw away his knees.

Now he will never feel again how slim

Girls' waists are, or how warm their subtle hands,

All of them touch him like some queer disease.

There was an artist silly for his face,

For it was younger than his youth, last year.

Now he is old; his back will never brace;

He's lost his colour very far from here,

Poured it down shell-holes till the veins ran dry,

And half his lifetime lapsed in the hot race,

And leap of purple spurted from his thigh.

One time he liked a bloodsmear down his leg,

After the matches carried shoulder-high.

It was after football, when he'd drunk a peg,

He thought he'd better join. He wonders why . . .

Someone had said he'd look a god in kilts.

That's why; and maybe, too, to please his Meg,

Aye, that was it, to please the giddy jilts,

He asked to join. He didn't have to beg;

Smiling they wrote his lie; aged nineteen years.

Germans he scarcely thought of; and no fears

Of Fear came yet. He thought of jewelled hilts

For daggers in plaid socks; of smart salutes;

And care of arms; and leave; and pay arrears;

Esprit de corps; and hints for young recruits.

And soon, he was drafted out with drums and cheers.

Some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer Goal.

Only a solemn man who brought him fruits

Thanked him; and then inquired about his soul.

Now, he will spend a few sick years in Institutes,

And do what things the rules consider wise,

And take whatever pity they may dole.

To-night he noticed how the women's eyes

Passed from him to the strong men that were whole.

How cold and late it is! Why don't they come

And put him into bed? Why don't they come?

FUN...WITTY Self-Help Books!

Live...Learn and most of all....LAUGH and SMILE!

Everything I Know About Life I Learned from My Cat
Everything I Know About Life I Learned from My Cat

Cat lovers are invited to curl up with the exquisite art of Lesley Anne Ivory and consider how the feline co-owners of their homes and hearts provide meaningful lessons including-personal space is good, be careful what you ask for, ritual is important, life is as good as the view, love the one you are with.

 
Bouncing Back
Bouncing Back

Jan King comes from the school of hard knocks. She's been through two divorces and a bout with breast cancer. She's lost loved ones along the way, and has endured other struggles with family and friends. But one thing Jan has always done is keep her sense of humor. Her first book, Hormones from Hell, sold over a million copies and reminded women of the lighter side of menopause. Now in Bouncing Back, she takes her trademark "tell it like it is" style and tackles the subject of life's challenges-and shows how anyone can face adversity and come out on top. Her step-by-step "BOUNCE Plan" inspires readers to eat right, think positive, and tackle life's woes with both strength and style.

 
Cup Of Comfort F/Mothers & Dau
Cup Of Comfort F/Mothers & Dau

The mother-daughter relationship retains its power and poignancy throughout a woman's life. As mothers raise their daughters to womanhood, as daughters care for mothers through midlife and beyond, and as mothers watch daughters become mothers themselves, the changing and growing mother-daughter bond is-and always will be-a cornerstone for every woman.

 
Scarlett Rules: When Life Gives You Green Velvet Curtains, Make a Green Velvet Dress
Scarlett Rules: When Life Gives You Green Velvet Curtains, Make a Green Velvet Dress

"Some day I'm going to do and say everything I want to do and say, and if people don't like it I don't care."-Scarlett O'Hara, from Gone with the Wind

Ever since the publication of Margaret Mitchell's 1936 epic blockbuster, Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O' Hara has captivated millions with her wily ways, saucy attitude, irresistible charms-and legendary faults. Now, in Scarlett Rules, intrepid journalist Lisa Bertagnoli shares 24 life-enhancing lessons inspired by Tara's most beguiling resident.

Rule 1: Pretty Is as Pretty Does-Not a conventional beauty, the literary Scarlett knew it took more than an attractive face to get noticed. Learn to put your best features forward.

Rule 8: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize-Scarlett used determination and perseverance to survive and thrive. Unlock your abilities and go for the gold.

Rule 15: Find Your Niche-A woman ahead of her time, Scarlett succeeded on her strengths. Discover your gift and shine!

With each pearl of wisdom comes a Scarlett Lesson featuring savvy advice from life coaches, relationship gurus, and other experts. Full of wit and insight, this irresistible guide guarantees that, as God is your witness, you'll never be without gumption, poise, and individual style again!

 

I hope I'd help you with some info in my own little ways. Thank you for visiting my lens...

Reader's Feedback

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      bmsupplies 4 years ago

      Great Lens!! Enjoyed so much I had to share on twitter and google + as a seller of mobility products its nice to find a whole heap of ideas all in one place, keep up the good work!!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where there is a will there is a way. What can not be cured must be endured. You can if you think you can. Love all disabled person for they are special.

    • profile image

      garneth 6 years ago

      I'm so sad to know about that. One thing about disabled people is we're all different. It would be nice if the enabled world would realize we each have different problems to solve and it's actually quite interesting. We must helping each other for the solution.

      Please visit us: Motorized Wheelchair

    • profile image

      PalawanHotels 7 years ago

      poor kids,i would like to help them in the future by right now i need to focus on learning things to success in the future and have the right to help more people!

      please visit my site:

      Palawan | Palawan Hotels | Palawan Butterfly Garden | Palawan Underground River | Honda Bay

    • profile image

      whitedot 9 years ago

      Great lens. The facts in this lens are very intriguing and informative. Really superb work. Thanksyou’re your good effort and for sharing the information. Wheel Chairs are the ultimate need for the disabled persons. I come across a good stuff site about Wheel Chairs on Wheel Chairs Please stop by to surf more information about Antique Wheel Chair, Electric Powered Wheel Chair, Lift Motorized Wheel Chair and plentiful types of Wheel Chairs.

    • profile image

      dianacampbell 9 years ago

      Hello! I like this lens for its full informations, facts and links on special equipments for the disabled which I found truly helpful and valuable. Five stars to you! There's a lens which I like that I want to share to you health A lens which provides all the facts and listings of top medical schools. Check it out!

    • profile image

      juliejohnsons 9 years ago

      Wow! This lens is great! You have put all the helpful informations and facts in just one lens and I am giving you five star rate. This is worth sharing to my friends, I will bookmark for future use. I would like to share one lens that I like that you might like too power wheelchairs They give links, informations and facts about different kinds of wheelchairs which suits all needs. You got to check it out.

    • profile image

      shawnanderson67 9 years ago

      Very honest and a hard effort to make people realize that they should take care of their old family members. Great Lens, It becomes very hard sometimes when you have to travel and Travel Wheelchair are smaller and lighter, and they often are not as durable. But for their cheap price, they do afford you the ability to never be without a wheelchair, even when your full-sized, motorized wheelchair is at home.

    • profile image

      shawnanderson67 9 years ago

      Great Lens, but I would like to add to your Lens that Being confined to a wheelchair may be hard to accept at first, but if you have a Wheelchairs

      that is a little more exciting and comfortable, the time may go by a little faster.

    • profile image

      Jeffreyteta12 9 years ago

      Wow! Wonderful lens. More informative about Wheelchairs. The history of Wheelchairs and the progress in it in the last two decades are really superb. Thanks for sharing the information. I like this lens and rated 5*. Here is another similar kind of informative site about Lightweight Wheelchair at Lightweight Wheelchair Please step into this site for more information about Lightweight Wheelchair.

    • Web-Optimizer profile image

      Web-Optimizer 9 years ago

      This is a really impressive lens - well done!

    • profile image

      Invisible_Disabilities_Advocate 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great site! 5 stars!

    • profile image

      minky 9 years ago

      Excellent information and content. Great lens.

    • profile image

      PixieMischief 10 years ago

      Being a young disabled woman,all I can say is I applaud you for your lens!And it is true we are a minority and we get alot of discrimination due to it. We are often treated like 2nd class citizen,once I went to take the buss.driver saw chair and kept going when suppose to stop. I threatend to sue

    • profile image

      M_Moore 10 years ago

      Awesome job! Great use of material and links! Thanks for such an informative lens.

    • The-Bard profile image

      The-Bard 10 years ago

      Truly inspiring! Well done! A five star lens.

      And that goes for your "Philippines" lens as well, on which I have also left feedback.

    • GramaBarb profile image

      GramaBarb 10 years ago from Vancouver

      Wonderful lens with so much useful content! I have lensrolled you to my lens on arthritis as I think it will be a nice addition to my lens.

      Arthritis is a Pain

      Thanks for all your hard work on behalf of the disabled.