Did you know that you don't need to roll, stroll, or drive to your local library to read books or audiobooks for free? Check out https://www.overdrive.com/ and its downloadable free app Libby to get started. The app will even help you sign up for local library memberships if you don't already have one.
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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!
How do you cook from a wheelchair? Check out Ian Ruder's 2017 New Mobility article, "Take Back the Kitchen" for some inspiring examples of Paras and Quads who love to cook, and Craig Hospital's Helpful Tools For Cooking video for a great overview of what's available and how they're used!
Nakietha Rose highly recommends the Pasta Express for easy pasta cooking.
Jonathan Sigworth uses the Zanmini Egg Cracker for no-mess eggs.
Share your questions, tips, recipes, and links to useful products you use!
Those of us with spinal cord injuries around the world need to follow official guidelines to avoid Covid-19, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun! Mike Hurlock is a family therapist, and in the midst of self-isolation has started a YouTube channel to share his therapeutic hobby of video gaming as a C4 complete quadriplegic (search for Doctor Quad PhD to subscribe). Whether it's staying calm and active mentally or physically, how are you coping with life's changes since Covid-19? Respond in comments below or submit a video for More Than Walking's YouTube channel!
Nakeitha Rose recently interviewed fellow More Than Walking peer mentor Tyquisha Hennegan about her experience taking care of 2-month-old King and 6-year-old Hayleigh. Reply to share your own experience! Read more stories on parents with disabilities at AbleThrive.com, which curates articles and videos of various disability topics from around the world.
Nakeitha’s Interview with Ty Ty Hennegan
Nakeitha: Have you always wanted children?
Ty: Yes I actually have a 6 year old as well.
Nakeitha: What do you find most challenging about parenting with a disability?
Ty: It’s hard trying to cater to there every need.
Nakeitha: When it comes to your disability on a scale from 1-10 how difficult would you say it is being a parent?
Ty: 6 it’s not dat bad.
Nakeitha: What are your future goals as a parent?
Ty: Become more independent so we can do more.
Nakeitha: Thank you, Ty, for sharing a lil bit of your world with us. Congratulations on your second addition to the family & good luck with all your future goals!
Watch videos of at-home exercises and download guidelines for both paraplegia and quadriplegia (tetraplegia) from SCI Action Canada. Find more information on healthy living with spinal cord injury at SCI-U, a free online course on physical activity, parenting, sex, pain, wheelchair adjustment, skin, nutrition, bowel, bladder, and more. Consider sharing your own exercise routines or adaptation videos on More Than Walking's YouTube channel!