A US-based start-up company, Open Bionics, is getting help from Disney to replace the boring prosthetic limb with the cool superhero-themed prosthetics for kids. These 3D-printed hands that will turn an amputee into a superhero.
If the Ryan Phillips life story were made into a movie, the McGuffin, the most desired thing the determined 11-year-old hero could imagine in the opening scene, would be to live on his own. Phillips knew in middle school he wanted to be free to come and go as he pleased, beholden to no one and in charge of his life.
A Christchurch earthquake survivor and double amputee is heading to the United States to be fitted with the latest prosthetic legs. Stacey Herbert is going to a clinic that specialises in making computerised legs for amputees like soldiers wounded by bomb blasts.
A party meant to give people with disabilities a chance to explore and express their sexuality is shining a spotlight on an enduring and often ignored barrier for those with physical and mental limitations. But though guests at the Deliciously Disabled party, to be held in Toronto next week, are free to act on their consensual desires, don’t call it an orgy.
A twisted ankle that should have healed within weeks left Ailsa Lipscombe in constant pain and unable to walk for four years. A decade later, the Victoria University music student has also lost most of her sight, but has not let her disabilities slow her down. On Monday night, she was one of only a handful of Kiwis to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study for a doctorate in the United States.
Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of psychologists with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test.
Rheumatoid arthritis has not stopped Cate Grace from becoming a top personal trainer and inspirational business leader. The Christchurch woman has used her disability to power her own brand of positive leadership and entrepreneurial success.
Michael Conway was born with Spina Bifida and has never been able to walk, but the 28-year-old has never let his “unique ability” stop him rolling forward. When Michael was offered a job in Auckland a few years ago, he didn’t hesitate to make the move. Unfortunately, the work dried up and Michael needed to shift back to Wellington to be nearer friends and family.
Cosmin Mihaiu is the CEO and co-founder of MIRA Rehab, which develops software that engages patients in interactive and therapeutic games, making physical rehabilitation fun.
As a competitive wheelchair racer Rob Smith spends a lot of time training in the gym. Without his gym workouts he would not be able to compete at the world-class level that he does. Rob shows how, with only the Active Hands gripping aid range, you can perform a variety of exercises.