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  • Writer's pictureKate Walker

My Favorite Accessibility Devices

One of my biggest accomplishments is learning to live independently. However, I can only do this because of some accessibility devices I have found. Check out some of my favorites:



 

I have one of these next to my bed and it makes transferring in and out of bed so much easier. The superpole is essentially a grab bar that goes floor to ceiling. And it can be installed using only suspension. I often put all of my body weight on the pole, so I drilled mine into the ceiling. I have an add-on called the SuperBar, but if you want, you can just get the pole by itself. If the SuperBar doesn't work, they make plenty of other add-ons that might be better for you.


 

For me, one of the hardest things I have had to learn to do in order to live independently is transfer out of the shower. The combination of being wet and cold doesn’t work out well for me. On top of that, I am not able to put a lot of weight through my feet without shoe support so this transfer is largely upper body. My Beasy Board allows me to slide from my shower bench back into my chair without problem. It used to take me up to 30 minutes to transfer out of the shower. Now I can transfer out in seconds.


 

I have said it before but I really mean it. This thing has changed my life. My WHILL is the main reason that I am able to live independently. It is basically a scooter made to look like a wheelchair. I did use a traditional scooter before and it was so big and bulky that it made things more difficult. My campus is very hilly and most of my classes are on the other side of campus. My WHILL makes it possible for me to get to those classes. And guess what?! You can use the code “KATE” on Scootaround for a discount. 


 

This seems so simple, but I can’t imagine my life without it. When things are too high up or I just can’t reach them, I use my reacher! The brand doesn’t matter, this is just the one I have.

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this helped spark some ideas if you're looking for devices to help you. What's your favorite accessibility device?

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