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How Ignacio Uses a Standing Power Wheelchair to Prevent Pressure Injuries

Paralysis in general, and in my case paralysis caused by a traumatic spinal cord injury, is already a pretty catastrophic, debilitating, and life-changing condition that takes much away from us; from me, it took a bit TOO MUCH and today I’m fighting back for EVERYTHING! My name is Ignacio Montoya, a former pilot of the…

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Smart Actuators: what are they and what do they do?

Actuators are used on power wheelchairs to make the seat move – so it is an actuator that makes a seat move back into tilt, or the back support recline, or the leg supports elevate. A smart actuator is an actuator that has a sensor attached to it, allowing it to sense its position in…

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Applications for ActiveReach™ & ActiveHeight™

ActiveHeight™ and ActiveReach™ is the dynamic combination of power seat elevation and anterior tilt function now available to power wheelchair users who rely on power seat functions to improve their health, function, and participation in everyday life. The combination of ActiveHeight™ and ActiveReach™ allows the wheelchair user to perform tasks in a more ergonomically correct…

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A Parent’s Perspective on the Explorer Mini: Promoting Development

Part 3 in our series about one family’s experience with the Explorer Mini. See part 1 & part 2. Last week we looked at how the Explorer Mini promotes exploration, and in this last blog post in the series we’re looking at how the Explorer Mini can promote development in young children. Does the Explorer…

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A Parent’s Perspective on the Explorer Mini: Promoting Exploration

Part 2 in our series about one family’s experience with the Explorer Mini. See part 1. Last week was the start of our series, focusing on the Explorer Mini with questions and answers from a parent/caregiver perspective. While last week’s blog was all about first impressions of the Explorer Mini, this week we turn our…

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A Parent’s Perspective on the Explorer Mini: An Introduction

Part 1 in our series about one family’s experience with the Explorer Mini. When Mike and Sandy’s daughter Sylvia was about three months old, she was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type 1. Spinal muscular atrophy is a gradual decay of her motor neurons. They were told early on that mobility is a really important…

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A SmartDrive Interview with Brandon Oney

Since we have launched the PushTracker E2 and SwitchControl, we hope more people have been able to integrate a power assist device into their manual mobility routine. We love having the opportunity to share our mobility solutions with the world, and it’s even better when one of the people who uses our products is willing to…

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Rolling Wisely: How To Mindfully Move With A Spinal Cord Injury

When describing how I manage and live with a spinal cord injury, I often use the term “mindful movement.” I have come to understand that I must be aware and precise with how I move and treat my body to prevent further injury that would most certainly compound the difficulty I already live with. These…

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Exploring The PushTracker E2 with Aaron Baker

Four years ago my friend let me demo her SmartDrive & PushTracker, and within 10 minutes of using it, I knew it would change my life. Fast forward to today, and I have explored over 40 cities in the United States, discovered 3 countries, and traveled independently for business all because of the original Smart…

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