Handihelp.net is a website that contains simple ideas and tools that are either inexpensive to purchase or cost little to make. Hopefully, these suggestions will help physically challenged individuals overcome some of the frustrations they face daily.
After my initial injury I was amazed by the cost of products and adaptive equipment that were made specifically for persons with disabilities. Some of the same equipment can be found available on non-handicap websites and in catalogs at a much more reasonable price. In many local communities there are skilled individuals more than willing to help you create something you need or might find useful. I have designed several pieces of adaptive equipment and have been either able to make them myself or find someone else willing to make them at a fair price. No doubt many of you out there have done the same thing, and I invite you to share your ideas with others on this website. It makes little sense to me to have more recently injured individuals have to “reinvent the wheel”.
Believing that something is possible is the first step in taking control of your situation. I would encourage each of you to face your challenges with an open mind and a positive attitude. Allowing yourself to be sidelined by difficulties, frustration or failure is counter productive. Failure provides an opportunity for growth. I have found little in this new life comes without frustration, effort and sacrifice. Attitude is far more important than ability. We can accomplish many things that at first we believe we cannot do, with persistence, perseverance and trial and error. I am constantly thinking about new ways to do things, revisiting the tools and ideas I have already come up with to try and improve them or make them more multi-functional. For this reason I would encourage you to visit my website periodically to check on the areas that have been revised or updated. I will use an asterisk (*) to mark any of the pages that are new or have been updated recently.
"I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I will live my life. I don't mean to be reckless, but setting a goal that seems a bit daunting actually is very helpful toward recovery." Christopher Reeve