Independence after injury: how a mobile phone can offer a lifeline to those with a spinal cord injury

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 If you have endured a spinal cord injury, and are adjusting to life with different abilities, sometimes the smallest of things can be of great comfort. The team of specialist lawyers at Aspire Law aim to offer comfort to their clients by not only fighting to get them the compensation they deserve after an accident but also by helping them make the adjustments required in order to regain a level of independence.

Believe it or not, having a mobile phone can make some of these adjustments just a little bit easier.

“Hello computer”

If a person has limited mobility, voice-activated dialling can be extremely useful. There are some landline phones that have this function, but increasingly mobile phones can be used to make and answer calls using voice-activation. There are also a number of phones which can be unlocked by voice.

If you are adjusting to life following an accident that has led to a spinal cord injury, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for help should you need it, whether from a friend, or from the team at Aspire Law.

A global community

Following a spinal cord injury, and especially in the early days, a person can feel very isolated. Thankfully, there are a number of internet forums where people with spinal cord injuries can go for support and advice, and in this day and age the majority of websites are formatted so as to be mobile phone-friendly.

Of the many forums available, you might want to try Apparelyzed, the SIA, or the Spinal Injury Network.

Don’t worry, be ‘appy

App technology has become an integral part of so many people’s lives, and more and more apps are being developed to help people who have disabilities: Talkitt is an app that has been designed to help people with speech disabilities communicate. It learns from the individual, and ‘clarifies’ impaired or hard-to-understand speech.

There are a number of apps designed to guide users through physiotherapy exercises. A word of caution, however: before using these exercises you should always check with your medical team that they are suitable for your own injury and rehabilitation plan.

WheelMate will show you your nearest wheelchair-accessible toilets and parking spaces, whilst Inclusive London will show you pubs, restaurants, banks, and other facilities that are wheelchair-friendly. Also available are Inclusive Britain and It’s Accessible.