In the wake of George Floyd's death and the protests that have followed, we want to express our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and other initiatives that fight against racism and suppression of minorities. The disabled community is perhaps the most diverse in the world because no one chooses to become a member. We fight the same challenges every day and therefore can relate to each other no matter our skin color, religion, language, nationality, or sexual orientation. In fact, we believe that everyone is disabled in some way and that our inherent vulnerability as humans is what powers our innovation, grit, and solidarity to overcome life’s challenges. Everyone involved with More Than Walking, no matter what differences we have, should know that we are here to support each other. Let us remember our shared humanity and fight injustice and discrimination together.
Jonathan Sigworth & Jessica Bello Capote
More Than Walking Co-founders
Standing for at least 30 minutes per day is an important part of exercise after SCI. See how Mike Hurlock (C4 Quadriplegic) uses an FES Bike and Standing Frame. For more information on the benefits of standing, see Mason Ellis's article at www.spinalcord.com. #morethanwalking #spinalcordinjury
Meeting with your doctor by phone or video call means you need to be better prepared to clearly communicate your concerns and questions. See Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's and EduMed's patient guides to telemedicine for tips and resources to find out how to schedule an appointment!
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Check out this simple method by YouTuber Christian Cudo. 1 - Place a thick board over a normal scale. 2 - Pop a wheelie on top of the board, or roll your rear wheels ontop and have someone tilt you backwards. 3 - Record your total weight and subtract the weight of your wheelchair to find your body weight. #morethanwalking #spinalcordinjury
How can personal attendants for people with disabilities protect themselves and their clients from Covid-19? Check out CareAcademy's free online course for direct care workers.
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Watch this video by the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System showcasing different adaptive hand grip strategies for people with quadriplegia and limited hand function. Upload your own tips to share at morethanwalking.com. #spinalcordinjury #morethanwalking
Now that much of the world is experiencing the kind of isolation that people with disabilities have always faced daily, Caroline Casey, founder of The Valuable 500, is fighting for greater accessibility. Read her article here: "COVID-19's isolated world is the norm for people with disabilities."
Matthew Tilford has been advocating for himself and others with #spinalcordinjury and #disability on his blog and social media as he faces work challenges during Covid-19. Comment with blogs/vlogs you follow! Share your own story with More Than Walking!
Trouble sleeping after SCI? Check out Craig Hospital's tips for better sleep and videos from Good Shepard Rehab, Jenny Rolls On (C6/7), and Brian's Paralyzed Living (T1) YouTube channels. Share your own tips, useful links, and questions below, or submit your own demonstration video for More Than Walking's YouTube channel!