Featured products: Wireless computer switch ** Beach wheelchair ** Seating posture belt ** Communication system ** Power wheelchair ** Portable energy supply ** Shower chair ** Tub transfer bench ** Hands-free switch ** Wheelchair & walker accessory.
This computer access device allows persons with limited mobility to control their computer using very small movements in any muscle, including muscles in the face, jaw, neck, arm and leg. An electrode detects minute muscle contraction and sends a signal to a receiver where specialized software processes it as a traditional switch “click.” Impulse can be integrated with many major speech generation systems, and Bluetooth wireless technology lets operators stay connected to their computers from as far away as 30 feet. Retail price is $2,100; for a set of 120 replacement electrodes, $90. For information: AbleNet, (800) 322-0956, or (click on “See Impulse in Use” for video).
This floating beach wheelchair makes going to the beach fun for those with limited mobility by providing seamless transitions from boardwalk to beach to water. The chair features an aluminum frame and stainless steel parts and shock-absorbent rubber tires. Mobi-Chair is maneuverable and has a weight-bearing capacity of up to 300 pounds. It can be assembled and disassembled without tools and fits into the trunk of a car. The retail price is $1,999. For information: Deschamps Mat Systems, (800) 957-6287.
Go Anywhere Do Anything (GADA) Belt
The GADA Belt is a soft, secure, waterproof sideguard set for use in manual wheelchairs. Fastened with an adjustable belt secured by a plastic clip, the belt’s canvas design helps prevent skin damage and breakdown and keeps clothes clean and dry, while helping the user maintain seating position and posture. The GADA makes easier the handling and performance of one’s wheelchair, and can be used for sports or every day. It fits wheelchairs with hard seats or soft sling seats and can be customized to the specific chair. The retail price is $89. For information: AccessAnything.net, (970) 846-9859.
This portable visual cuing system can be worn as a “wrist tag” or carried as a key chain, and enables children and adults to communicate with parents, caregivers and others. Wristbands can be ordered in youth (7-inch) or adult (8-inch) sizes. Kits include 30 icon charms with messages such as “Scared,” “Angry,” “Hot,” and “Drink,” two wristbands, two key chains and a portable carrying case. Bands are yellow and green to provide high visual contrast with the black ink used for charm icons, and are 100 percent silicone (latex-free). Charms, which measure a half-inch by a half-inch, have no moving parts. They can be used individually or in groups, and are easily attached or removed from bands. The retail price is $34. For information: The Adaptive Child, (877) 664-4565.
Freedom Center of Gravity eXperience (CGX)
This tilt-in-space wheelchair boasts a cable-free design that eliminates the need for traditional tilt mechanisms as well as the ongoing service issues common to chairs with cable systems. The tilt management system is located under the center of the chair, not the sides, providing a clean, uncluttered look. A foot lever at the rear of the chair activates tilting, and curved tubes sandwiched between common wheel bearings provide stability and smooth travel. The CGX is available in pediatric and adult models. Standard base price is $2,835; pediatric model base price is $2,625. For information: Freedom Designs, (800) 331-8551.
This portable energy supply is powered by human energy generated from step action on a foot treadle; it allows the user to generate and store sufficient energy to power a variety of devices in an emergency situation. Light-emitting diode (LED) indications allow you to gauge your input level and determine battery charge level at any time. The rechargeable, non-spill, 12-volt lead-acid gel battery is capable of jump-starting some vehicle engines or powering a range of other devices when no other power source is available. The retail price is $300. For information: HealthyHome, (800) 583-9523.
This roll-in commode and shower chair makes toileting and showering easier for people with limited mobility. The chair is designed to accommodate larger users, with a padded seat cushion measuring 20 inches in both length and width, and 2 inches thick, with a weight capacity up to 400 pounds. The chair weighs approximately 32 pounds and has an overall width of 28 inches, enabling it to fit through standard bathroom doorways. Its big (18- to 24-inch diameter) front wheels make it easy to maneuver, and it’s constructed out of materials that won’t rust or corrode, including aircraft-grade aluminum, brass and stainless steel. Retail price is $2,195. For information: Nuprodx, (888) 288-5653.
Make using your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone easier with a trio of Bluetooth accessories. With the Easyblue headset, users may answer, hang up and make calls without having to touch their cell phone through the use of any ability switch. The Zoomate cellular phone speaker add-on provides switch-adapted speaker phone capability, and the Officemate lets the user switch between cell phone and computer with a switch-adapted multipoint Bluetooth headset. Retail price for Easyblue is $249; for the Zoomate, $299; and for the Officemate, $499. For information: SAJE Technology, (847) 756-7603.
These easy-to-install pockets take the difficulty out of carrying personal items when using a wheelchair or walker. Made of Cordura fabric, the pockets come in a variety of solid colors or patterns and attach with hook-and-loop (Velcro) tabs to wheelchair or walker, remaining in place even when the unit is folded. HandiPockets are mildew- and mold-resistant, machine or hand washable, and can be ordered with optional zipper feature and/or Velcro security flap for concealing valuables. Retail prices begin at around $27. For information: HandiPockets.com, (916) 782-7009.
This portable tub transfer bench is durable enough for everyday use but easily disassembles, fitting into an 18-inch by 18-inch carrying case, making it convenient for traveling. Features include a soft urethane seat cushion with added foam ring on the inner commode opening; folding frame; and a slider seat with wheels that roll along V-groove self-aligning tracks. Upper weight capacity is 300 pounds. Retail price is $1,495. For information: Nuprodx, (888) 288-5653.