Rich Fabend
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The British Toilet Seat

Started Oct 7, 2012 0 Replies

A number of people have responded to my post on Making Adaptive Equipment concerning a manual transfer to a toilet seat. Even though I spend the majority of my time in a power chair and am unable to…Continue


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Empowerment The Process

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 21:45 2 Comments

To be a member of the disabled community does not and should not imply we all have the same physical and mental challenges nor do we share the same needs for help and assistance. However, I also feel very strongly that there are certain attributes which can be cultivated which can make living with a disability easier.   


When I came home from the rehabilitation hospital and my physical health improved I became desperate to regain some control over my life. In addition to the…


Learned Empowerment or Learned Helplessness Your Choice

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 21:54 1 Comment

I sat in the chair looking at the piece of paper I had just dropped on the floor. I needed the paper for what I was doing so I had to pick it up. No big deal. Right? WRONG, it was going to be a problem. I couldn't bend over to get it and I couldn't get out of my chair and walk over to pick it up. You see the chair I was sitting in was a power wheelchair. Many of the simple reflex actions I used before my quadriplegia still came to me rapidly when I needed to solve a problem. Today was…


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