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Zip Your Own Self
Shawn O’Bray injured his spinal cord 20 years ago. “I wanted to become independent, and I succeeded, except for one thing: I couldn’t button and zip my pants.” Shawn got to thinking. “ I had an idea of a tool that might work. The next day I drew my idea on a piece of paper and had a friend build it for me. I’ve been using it for over 10 years. Recently I decided that I should get this product out so other people could have the advantage that I have.” It’s called BAZWNG, which means Button And Zip With No Grip. $12 each. bazwng.net
Eye to Eye
Meet the iLevel, a new seat elevation technology that allows users to remain moving at eye-level height (a ten-inch rise) while operating a power wheelchair at walking speed. Said C5 quad Kiel Eigen, 22, “The iLevel has truly changed my life. In my previous chairs, I rarely used the seat lift because I really couldn’t move anywhere. With iLevel, I have full mobility at standing height, so from grocery shopping to strolling the boardwalk with my girlfriend, I have independence and stature that I haven’t known since my accident. It’s doubled my functionality.” From Quantum Rehab/Pride Mobility Products. quantumrehab.com
All Wheels on Deck
Mike Mayes is a lifelong boat guy. He got to wondering about folks in chairs being able to access the waters of his Washington State. “I couldn’t remember ever seeing a wheelchair-accessible boat and started searching the web. Nothing was built in the U.S. Thinking of friends and family with mobility challenges, I decided to design and build a stable, safe, electric powered, shallow draft craft that was easily boarded with a wheelchair.” Thus was born ADA Boats. They’re made for protected waters, not for going to Catalina, he says. Holds 12, comes with ramp. About $23,900. adaboats.com •
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Article appears in the May/June 2015 Issue of The Hub So Cal Magazine.