Introducing the ultimate off-road wheelchair: The HexHog

I cannot count how many times an individual has asked me regarding my power wheelchair: “Does that thing go off-roading?!”  Each time I am asked this, I politely chuckle and smile, wishing my chair could withstand rough terrain.  Although my chair is able to handle some bumpy terrain, it is not designed to maneuver through mud, water, […]

8 great gardening tools for people with disabilities

The act of gardening offers many benefits to our planet as well as its vast population.  It is an activity that connects us to Mother Earth, provides us with both prismatic environments and nutritious goods, and is often a source of relaxation for most.  In sum, gardening positively affects our overall well-being, both inside and out.  However, the pastime, though very […]

It All Starts With a Dream: Spotlight on Laura Medcalf

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing Communications “I want to be a Disney Princess.” Right away I knew Laura Medcalf and I were kindred spirits. Not only do we share a love for Disney but our favorite Disney Princess as well — Ariel. Like Ariel, Laura is strong-willed, independent and courageous. She has learned to do […]

The Evolution of Elevators

After writing a post on the history of the light bulb and GE’s new smart bulb, I pondered the evolution of other everyday inventions.  As I was leaving my office yesterday I began to daydream asking myself, “What is an invention that has an impact on my daily life?”  Suddenly, a bell dinged and an automated voice announced, “First […]

Top 5 things to consider when designing an accessible bathroom for wheelchair users.

Writer: Nikol Prieto As we discussed last week, many people are finding themselves needing to accommodate their home due to using a wheelchair and also in preparing to remain in their homes as they age. There are currently at least 30 million Americans using wheelchairs and those numbers continue to increase as a large population […]

Top 5 things to consider when designing an accessible kitchen for wheelchair users.

Writer: Nikol Prieto Many people find themselves needing accessible homes for themselves or family members. There are approximately 30 million Americans using wheelchairs and the number of people who need accessible homes will continue to increase as disabled and aging people are finding more ways to remain living in their homes. One important way to […]