Having a disability doesn’t necessarily mean an activity is impossible. Many times, it just needs to be done differently. Learning to navigate life with a spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D) means finding the right tools to help. Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans of America (MNPVA) provides vast experience in this area by relying on our nationwide relationships and “living the life” of SCI/D. We believe that maintaining the highest level of independence enhances self-esteem and mental outlook.
MNPVA understands that many of these assistive tools are not free. By identifying the best resources for each individual’s situation, we can help connect them with available funding sources and, in the case of our members, sometimes assist them when no funding is available. We’ve supported many members with funds to help defray costs related to hand controls, adaptive sports equipment, and ramps. MNPVA also accepts donations of adaptive vehicles, which we match with a member needing reliable transportation.
With our army of wheelchairs, walking aid users, adaptive drivers, and adaptive equipment users, we’ve heard about and used many adaptive items. While we’ve seen a lot of helpful equipment, more is continuously developed. We invite you to message us about a favorite tool you’ve found useful. This input helps us continue to add to our resource list since we know that variety in adaptive equipment is essential! The experience of our members, years in the disability world, and connections with other resources make MNPVA an excellent source of assistance for newly diagnosed and those who’ve lived with their disability for many years.