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Featured Partners
triumph-logo.jpg  Triumph Foundation

The Triumph Foundation was founded by Andrew and Kristen Skinner in 2008 after Andrew suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) that left him quadriplegic. Andrew and Kristen’s goal in starting the Triumph Foundation was to help people recover from and adjust to new lives with spinal cord injuries.

One of the ways the Triumph Foundation helps is by providing newly injured people with care baskets. These baskets provide information and resources that center around organizations, assistance programs, and activities in order “to help people with an SCI with their new beginning and enable them to keep living their lives to the fullest potential.” The Triumph Foundation also hosts a monthly SCI Life Series Support Group at Scripps Memorial Encinitas Rehabilitation Center located at 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. With these monthly meetings, the Triumph Foundation hopes to create a place of networking, information sharing, and support.

 

Daily Reads
Accessible Travel and Tourism
Wheelchairtraveling.com was created in 2006 and works to empower people with limited mobility, their friends, and loved ones to access and experience the world of adventure and leisure travel.
David's Journey to Recovery
David's Journey to Recovery is a blog that shares the journey of David Hudgik's, who was paralyzed at age 16. We plan to keep you up-to-date on David's progress and current events, to supply information about spinal cord injuries, and ultimately, to raise funds that will assist David with costs of care not covered by insurance.
Disability Today
Who are we? We’re a community. The Disability Today (DT) Network is an online village like no other, the disability community’s first social media network. The DT Network is the new way to connect with Today's Disability Community, to find new products and services and create new friends and partnerships.
JJ's List
Jjslist is a communications and marketing social enterprise that helps businesses incorporate disability-aware marketing, customer service and employment best practices into core business strategies. And, we provide meaningful career paths in communications, technology and digital marketing to people with disabilities at the same time.
Sincerely Mia
In 2012, Mia became one of the stars of the hit TV show Push Girls on the Sundance Channel which inspires audiences internationally and won the Critic's Choice Award for “Best Reality Series” in 2013. Her blog, Sincerely Mia is a place to read about and connect with Mia as she lives by her motto, “Believing in yourself means never having to say 'I can't'!”
Sports Abilities
Sports Abilities is a premier resource for people with physical disabilities to find recreational, advocacy, support, and adaptive sporting activities in the nation. We have calendars for every state and 26 different activities ranging from Team Sports to Social Gatherings. We believe that having one online location for people to visit to see all that is happening will help increase program participation, promote awareness, and help improve people's lives.
United Spinal Association
United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). Our programs and services provide support and information to their loved ones, care providers and professionals.
Wheelchair Mommy
Wheelchair Mommy is a blog written by Priscilla Hartman Hedlin, who chronicles everyday life in a wheelchair, while raising three boys.

 

 Wheelchair Sports

ChallengedAmerica small.jpg Challenged America
Adaptive And Therapeutic Sailing Program Since 1978.

Challenged Athletes Foundation
Established in 1997, Challenged Athletes Foundation®(CAF) grew out of a desire to assist one athlete paralyzed in a triathlon. From this modest beginning arose a more important mission to make sure people with physical challenges have the same freedom to enjoy sports as everyone else.

USARC 50x50 logo.jpg United States Adaptive Recreation Center
The USARC was founded in 1983 to ensure that access to skiing is available to people with all types of disabilities.
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Lifewaters

Wheelchair scuba diving. Lifewaters trains paralyzed veterans and civilians in scuba diving. LifeWaters is a 501 (c)(3) organization which promotes independence, inclusion, adventure, and healing for Veterans and Civilians with mobility impairments by providing camaraderie, training, and certification in adaptive scuba diving for divers and buddies.

 


Research Studies

Dr. Wise Young

Well-known as a leader in spinal cord injury research, Dr. Young was part of the team that discovered and established high-dose methylprednisolone (MP) as the first effective therapy for spinal cord injuries. This 1990 work upended concepts that spinal cord injuries were permanent, refocused research, and opened new vistas of hope. This team also played a major role in Andy Blight's signal work on 4-aminopyridine (4-AP), which shows significant promise for increasing nerve conductivity.


Irvine Group

A key component of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center will be the Stem Cell Core Facility. This facility (the “Core”) provides stem cell technology and resources to the UCI, Orange County and Southern California research communities. By merging technical and scientific expertise in a number of essential disciplines – including developmental and molecular genetics, cell culture and cell sorting, imaging, high-throughput platforms, and bioinformatics – the Core harbors a diverse toolkit for the exploration of multiple aspects of stem cell biology.

Miami Project

The broad scope of research carried out at The Miami Project has focused on answering questions that help define human spinal cord injury and reveal strategies for the repair of damaged spinal tissue. The team has also made advances in knowledge that have improved the current care of people with SCI.

 

Health & Wellness

center-for-neuro-recovery-logo.jpg Center for Neuro Recovery
Center for Neuro Recovery is the nation's leading functional movement exercise facility with the most state-of-the-art researched-backed equipment to date. Center for Neuro Recovery's Comprehensive Activity-based Strength Training (C.A.S.T.®) program helps individuals reach maximum levels of functionality, independence, and regain as much lost capability as possible through repetitive, activity-based strength training. Center for Neuro Recovery's focuses on individuals with spinal cord injuries/disorders and other neurological diseases. 
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A mentoring program to assist those who are caregivers so they can have strength while going through the caregiver process.
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SCI Boot Camp is a podcast created for people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) as a new medium for education, information sharing, learning and development, support, and community.
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VIP NeuroRehab

VIP NeuroRehabilitation Center (VIP) was  created as an outgrowth of Medical Rehabilitation and Kinematics (MRK) Lab, Inc. which was owned by VIP's Founder, Dr. Bradley Marcus. As of 2015, VIP has grown into its own stand alone non-profit, providing physical therapy, educating patients and families regarding neurological conditions and supplying resources about nutrition, stress reduction and the benefits of exercise. VIP has turned into one of Southern California's leaders in neurorehabilitation therapy by providing a center where each and every day patients are challenged physically in a supportive and caring environment.

 
Mobility Products
FrankMobilitySolutions.jpg Frank Mobility Solutions
Frank Mobility Systems offers a variety of add-on drives and portable wheelchair motors that enlarge the benefits of a manual wheelchair.
Freewheel Wheel Logo.jpg FreeWheel
The FreeWheel is your ticket to safely and quickly rolling on any type of terrain and not worrying about bumps in the sidewalk, dirt, stones, mud or snow.
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Magic Wheels are wheelchair wheels with a geared hub that provides a 2:1 mechanical advantage and an automatic hill-holder. They are great for climbing hills, ramps, curb cuts, or door thresholds.
Max Mobility Logo.jpg Max Mobility
The SmartDrive is a revolutionary new power asisst device that will power you up steep hills, through carpet and over grass.
RioMobility.jpg RIO Mobility
Rio Mobility makes the innovative Dragonfly and Firefly wheelchair handcycle attachments, as well as the Pivot lever drive system.
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With the modification kit offered by SegSolutions, a typical Segway becomes the incredible Freedom GlidR mobility solution.
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The Wijit Lever Driving and Braking System is a simple solution that fits on most standard manual wheelchairs.

Wheelchair Products

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Accessible Designs Inc.

ADI is known in the wheelchair industry as a designer and manufacturer of cutting edge products for people with disabilities.

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Amovida wheelchair cushions incorporate the new, unique Amovida Light Fluid – a lightweight fluid material that provides perfect pressure dispersion.
BodyPoint.jpg Body Point Designs
Body Point is committed to designing and manufacturing the best postural support products for every sort of wheelchair user.
BoxWheelchairs.jpg Box Wheelchairs
All BOX Wheelchairs are custom fit and made to order, fitted with only the best best parts and components. Mike’s heart and soul goes into each one.
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The mission of Colours wheelchairs is to enhance the lifestyle of the disabled.
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D's Locks are hub locks (brakes) for manual wheelchairs which take the place of Push-Pull or Scissors-style brakes.
FrogLegs.jpg Frog Legs
Frog Legs is the world-wide expert in wheelchair suspension and manufactures the original and best wheelchair shock absorbing caster forks.
Icon logo.jpg Icon Wheelchairs
The modularity of the Icon Wheelchair offers flexability to change every component, including wheel sizes, and maintain the geometry that’s best for you right now and for years to come.
Kenda.jpg Kenda Tires
Since 1962, Kenda has created high-quality tires providing a smoother ride, better grip, and longer tire life, all while beating the toughest industry safety standards.
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The world’s first ever foldable wheelchair wheel!
NewSolutions.jpg New Solutions
New Solutions is one of the largest wheelchair/scooter parts suppliers in the U.S.
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For over 45 years, Permobil has been a leader in the complex rehabilitation power wheelchairs industry.
RideDesigns.jpg RIDE Designs
Ride Designs is the leader in the development and provision of unique and highly effective seating systems for wheelchair users representing a broad range of needs from simple to complex.
ROHO.jpg The ROHO Group
The soft, flexible, interconnected air cells that comprise ROHO Dry Floatation products are adjustable to provide a customized fit to a client's sitting or lying shape.
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Rowheels
The only wheel you can row! The pull-based propulsion used is a first of its kind and minimizes factors that contribute to shoulder injury & pain. 

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Round Betty Dino Wheels use proprietary aluminum tubular spokes for unmatched pushing characteristics--ultra light weight with the strength for everyday use.
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Schwalbe tires are renown for combining high performance with excellent puncture protection and tread longevity.
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Providing high quality accessories that restore freedom of movement and enhance the quality of life for mobility aid users by placing what they need within arms reach.
Spinergy.jpg Spinergy
Well known for their high-performing wheelchair wheels, Spinergy now offers the revolutionary ZX-1 power add-on unit.
SunriseMedical.jpg Sunrise Medical
A world leader in the development, design, manufacture and distribution of manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, motorized scooters and both standard and customized seating and positioning systems.
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Supracor's Stimulite® honeycomb is the basis of a revolutionary line of wheelchair cushions and mattresses for the prevention and healing of pressure sores.
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TiLite has a singular focus and a singular goal: Make the best manual wheelchairs in the world.
 
Medical Supplies
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Maker of excellent closed system catheters and other medical supplies.
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Bard is a leader in products that focus on Disease State Management in three key areas: Vascular, Urology, and Oncology.
CardinalHealth.jpg Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability.
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Coloplast develops products and services that make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions.
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Hollister Incorporated is an independently-owned global company that develops, manufactures and markets healthcare products, servicing over 90 countries.
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McKesson provides systems for medical supply management, clinical workflow, practice management, pharmacy automation and care management.
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Medical Technologies of Georgia is wholly devoted to improving the quality of life for anyone using intermittent catheterization.
PattersonMedical.jpg Patterson Medical
Patterson Medical is a leading provider of rehabilitation, assistive and splinting products all over the world.

 

Daily Living

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Activeaid, Inc. manufactures a diverse selection of Rehab Shower Commode Chairs, Bathroom Transfer and Bathing Aids, and Hospital Rehab Therapy products.
Apparelyzed
Apparelyzed is a free spinal cord injury peer support website ran by individuals with an SCI. They have information on spinal cord injuries which is discussed between the spinal cord injury community.
CMD.jpg Composite Medical Distributors
The UltraSlick from Composite Medical Distributors provides maximum strength with minimum weight, making it the ideal choice in transfer boards.
Darling Designs.jpg Darling Designs
Darling Designs makes the Wheelchair Accessible Recliner for the active Wheelchair user who is looking for comfort With out the hassle of transferring.
DiningWithDignity.jpg Dining With Dignity
Dining with Dignity offers attractive specialty flatware for people with grip impairments.
DriveMedical.jpg Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing
Drive manufactures and markets world class products which focus on innovation, functionality and value to improve quality of life and to promote independence for the individuals that use our products.
EasyStand.jpg EasyStand
EasyStand’s line of standing frames and equipment supports your body from sitting to a standing position.
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GPK makes the UpperTone, the only machine on the market that allows people with quadriplegia due to spinal cord injury or other causes to workout fully unassisted.
Intimate Rider Intimate Rider
The original, revolutionary IntimateRider has been helping couples overcome physical challenges and disabilities for years.
Invacare.jpg Invacare
Invacare is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home and long-term care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles.
M2.jpg m2 Inc.
m2 is an engineering and production firm specializing in ratchet buckles and ladder straps used in adaptive sport, orthotics, prosthetics, and life saving medical care.
RAZ.jpg RAZ Design Inc.
RAZ Rehab Shower Commode Chairs — Designed and manufactured to the highest standards of the discerning healthcare professional.
Therafin.jpg Therafin
Therafin Corporation manufactures and sells rehabilitation and home health care products.