Disability Tools

I created this page to help people with disabilities–invisible and visible–find resources that make life a little easier.  Got any tips on great tools you use?  Just leave a comment below the article.

Guide to Remodeling Home for Disability from Expertise.com: Written by experts, this is a comprehensive guide for people living with disabilities.  The article has been featured in several government publications.  “Our guide aims to help make the federal grants available to seniors, veterans, and people with cognitive and physical disabilities much easier to understand and take advantage of, particularly for remodeling homes for accessibility.”

Wheelchair Superstore (SpinLife)

wheelchair-945156-mThis website has a wide variety of wheelchairs starting at $99 from a company called SpinLife.  It’s the country’s largest retailer of manual wheelchairs.

Wheelmap

Living with limited mobility can be tiring.  In 2014 there are still many stores, restaurants, and commercial institutions that are not disability-accessible.  This is appalling given the fact the first President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990.  But thankfully this website allows people to mark and share vital information about places all over the world!

Medical Masks

Me with my Walgreen's mask & Tarte eyeliner
Me with my Walgreen’s mask & Tarte eyeliner

I usually buy my masks at Walgreens.  Avoiding colds and the flu is critical for many sick people.  As someone with an autoimmune disease who has cancer survivors in my family, I’m no stranger to the mask.  See my post, How to Look Great While Wearing Masks.

Medical Gloves (Sam’s Club)

These gloves are from Kimberly-Clark.  Honestly, I’ve learned that the more I wear my gloves, the fewer infections I get.  And much like wearing masks, the key to being happy with gloves is treating them like they’re any accessory akin to a necklace or bracelet.

Moodtracker App (Moodtrack.com)

screen568x568I love this app.  As someone with Bipolar Disorder, tracking moods is a great tool.  It helps reduce the frequency and intensity of my mood swings because I know when triggers are coming by observing  a pattern (ex: depression following deadlines or lack of sleep).  It’s only 99¢ (buy on iTunes) and it’s private, easy, and fast.  It takes me less than a minute to track my moods with this thing.

 

Canes ($19.99 at Walgreens)

I got my Erica Kane at Walgreens.  We’ve been together for over three years.  This is a foldable cane that’s pretty light to carry.

Carex Adjustable Bath and Shower Seat ($28.49 at Target)

I couldn’t have gotten through the past five and half years without a shower stool.   What I love about this is that it has a back (some shower stools do not) and it’s slip-resistant.

Medic Alert Bracelets (Medic Alert Foundation)

A bracelet can help save a life or at least give some chronically ill people freedom, the ability to travel without having someone by your side 24/7.

Morgan’s Wonderland



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IMG_1639This is the world’s first ultra disability-accessible theme park–people from all around the world have traveled here.  I had the privilege of going there last summer when I was in San Jose, Texas speaking at a mental health convention.  When I first stepped onto the park, I started crying.  I was overwhelmed with emotions.  Even though I’m an adult, going to a theme park was emotional because it’s one of many activities I haven’t done since getting my autoimmune disease.  I can’t say enough nice things about this theme park.  They have volunteers who help disabled people get on rides as well as less strenuous rides than those at typical theme parks.  Children and adults with disabilities ride for free.  IMG_1781What touched me most were the figures of heroes with disabilities.  (I’m still waiting for Marvel Comics to come out with a superhero who carries a cane or uses a wheelchair.)

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  • May 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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    Hi, I just wanted to mention the Walk Aid Scooter–a mobility tool for people who have pain with walking. My husband developed this scooter for himself after an injury left him with limited walking ability, and he didn’t want to use a wheelchair. It turns out these two-wheeled seated scooters are great for people with everything from neuropathy to back, hip, knee and foot pain. Scooter users need normal balance, but they can take weight off painful joints and get around indoors and outside. We sell them through our website, http://www.walkaidscooter.com. Thanks.

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