Physical disability

Physical disability, abilia
“My name is Harry, and I live in a new flat outside Uppsala. Four years ago I had a motorbike accident and suffered a serious neck injury. As a result, I am now wheelchair-bound, and I have assistants who provide me with support several hours a day. I can move my fingers, but not my arms, and I control my wheelchair using my chin. I feel idle when I can't do anything by myself. I would like to be able to use my mobile phone when I'm out or at home in my living-room or in bed in the evening – making calls, sending texts, checking Facebook and doing the sort of thing that other people my age do. I often get pains in my body, and my assistants help me change position. Sometimes when friends come to see me, I can't open the door for them because my assistants aren't here all the time.”

People with physical disabilities have difficulty, for various reasons, moving certain parts or all of their body. This can have an impact on cognition, perception, communication, mobility and coarse and fine motor skills. Physical disability is a collective term for various diagnoses that may be congenital, or which may be the result of injury or illness. Some examples of diagnoses are CP (cerebral palsy), neural tube defects, muscle diseases, rheumatism or acquired brain injury. 

What can daily life with a physical disability look like?

  • You might not be able to decide for yourself when and how you do things.
  • You might have difficulty maintaining contact with others and you might feel socially isolated.
  • Sitting or lying in the same position might cause you pain.
  • You might need help and support with activities.

There are about 560,000 people aged over 16 with physical disability in Sweden, and something like 7,000 children in the same situation. About half of these people use some kind of mobility aid, such as a wheelchair. Having a physical disability often means being heavily dependent on other people, which very often can feel like an erosion of your integrity. You might have a minor physical disability that nevertheless restricts your mobility to such an extent that you are unable to move for more than a little while at a time, or perhaps your mobility is so restricted that you are permanently bed-bound or you have to use a wheelchair all the time.

How can we help you?
There are many different types of aid that can assist you in your daily life and help give you greater independence in your home. This could be, for example, being able to turn lights on and off yourself, watching TV and listening to music, adjusting your sitting or lying position, answering a door intercom and letting visitors in through the front door, and much more. Using our wireless transmitters and switches, we can customise our aids to meet your specific needs. This would allow you to control large parts of your home with everything from remote controls to controlling things with one of your feet or by blinking an eye.

However you control your aids, Abilia's products can provide anything you might conceivably need to communicate with the world around you. For example, you can hold conversations via communications aids based on speech synthesis, telephony, texts or Skype. Use social media and surf the net, just like anyone else. This would allow you to maintain contact with your nearest and dearest easily and without having to be physically present.

Below you can see some of the products for you with physical disability:

Lightwriter SL40Control Omni