Specialized Equipments for the Disabled
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.
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~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..
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.
*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 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 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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
-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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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