Rob using Active Hands gripping product to lift weight

“Active Hands” Products Enable Accessible Gym Workout

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.


A Clever Shock-Absorbing Bike Wheel, Now for Wheelchairs

Source: Entrepreneurs love to  claim they’re “reinventing the wheel.” So what do you say when you’ve actuallyreinvented the wheel? “I love spokes, I’ve just come up with something different,” explains Sam Pearce, a British designer who, if you haven’t guessed already, created a spoke-less, shock-absorbing wheel that’s being used on wheelchairs and bicycles. Loopwheels,…


Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a…


Judith Collins Writes: Disability is a part of life

Any parent will tell anyone who will listen that their child is special – often gifted, sometimes challenged but definitely special.

So what happens in the education system when our kids really are special, gifted or challenged, kids with disabilities or special abilities? Sadly, the answer is very dependent on the school zone and more importantly, on the school’s principal and the Board of Trustees.

Jameson Meyer — Photo / AliceAnn Meyer

A mother’s plea: ‘He’s not scary, he’s a little boy’

By AliceAnn Meyer Jameson has a very rare disorder, his family believe he has Pfeiffer Syndrome. Fed up with cruel comments directed at her little boy, his mother, AliceAnn Meyer penned a touching blog post which has gone viral. She shared it with The Herald. We’ve had some encounters recently that have inspired me to…


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to…

Aaron Fotheringham

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham — back in NZ in 2015

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is a 22 year-old wheelchair moto-cross athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the third of six children, all adopted. Aaron has a passion for what he does, not only is it a lot of fun, but he wants to change the world’s perception of people in wheelchairs, as well as helping everyone see his/her own challenges in a new way.