Those of you in wheelchairs have you ever seen hockey on tv and said hey I would like to try that. Well you can it’s called Power Hockey played in your electric wheelchair, and has pretty much the same rules as in regular hockey except you have 5 players on the floor and in the NHL there are 6 players on the floor or ice. In power hockey there are 3 levels of players which are based on the amount of strength you have in your arms but all 3 levels of players can play on the same team. The first 2 levels are those that can hold the hockey stick and the third level are those that need the hockey stick taped or mounted to their chair. There is an association called (U.S.EWHA) which means U.S. Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association it is a non-profit 501 (C) 3 corporation, and member of Disabled Sports USA.
Most people that know me best know I’m unable to use my arms and hands like everybody else can. Which makes it very hard to use a computer but I’m going to tell you about how I use a computer. I use this device that attaches to my computer monitor, it’s kind of like a webcam, you wear a reflective dot that you put on your forehead or glasses, then you move your head and the cam picks up the reflective dot and that’s how I control the computer. What I have found that works best is to have the reflective dot on the end of a baseball cap, what I do is put the dot on a flat thumb tack and push it into the bill of the cap right in front of the bill and in the middle. The name of the one I use is called SmartNav 3 it works very good with Windows XP, there is a new one called SmartNav 4 that works with XP, VISTA, and Windows 7 and if you have a Mac computer you have order some more software. If you buy one and use a Mac just ask them about it and they tell you about the Mac software but if you have a Windows computer don’t worry about asking about software cause it comes with the device.Here is the link SmartNav and I’ll put it on my Links section. They have two kinds of SmartNav 4’s SmartNav 4:AT which is $499 and the SmartNav 4:EG is $399. This is the cheapest thing I have found that works great.
Back on August 26, 2010 in Woodward,PA at 8:29 PM this guy named Aaron who they call Wheelz landed the first double back flip in a wheelchair.He tried it a few times and did not make it he had broke his axle on his wheelchair and had to get some parts to fix it. So after he got the parts and fixed it, He tried a couple more times and did not make it but his friends told him come on stop and he said let me try one more time and his friends kept saying to stop. So he went this one more time and he landed the first double back flip in a wheelchair. Everybody went crazy cheering and congratulating him for what he just did. So don’t give up on your dreams just cause your in a wheelchair, cause you see Aaron did not give up even when people were saying stop you can’t do it. So never stop trying even if it gets hard and don’t think its impossible to keep going. There are so many things around this world that people said is impossible like flying and everybody can fly any where in the world now.So just keep “Rollin with the Punches” and you can conquer any dream you reach for and maybe do more than you ever imagined possible.
My next couple of post are going to be on different vehicles us people in wheelchairs can use. Let’s just say your not limited to just a minivan. When I was in Houston I heard about a guy that’s a paraplegic and he said he did not want to drive a minivan because he did not want to look like a soccer mom. So that is where I got the idea to write about different kinds of vehicles. So the first one is going to be on the Conquest Motorcycle, there are lots of people out there that think just because your in a wheelchair you can’t do everything everybody else can that walk. That just isn’t true cause these next post are going to show you things that most would say is impossible to do if your in a wheelchair. Now I’m going to show you a video of this motorcycle in action and I’m going to put a link in my links section if you want to know even more about this awesome motorcycle.
This next thing I saw in Houston is this robot arm called the iARM. It was really cool it is controlled by the wheelchair joystick or any other kind of wheelchair controls. It can pick up all kinds of things including cups, books, and whatever you could think of or need. What’s funny is my dad said we have to get you one of these as he was kind of laughing about it. I was like that is really cool, lots of things I could do with out having to call somebody to come get what I need or want.
Well here it goes first blog I have ever done. I thought about doing this for a while to share my hardships, funny, and great times in my life. I’ll start out with my first major hardship or you could call the punches in my life.The first one is being told you have (DMD) or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and being told there is no cure and that they don’t know much about it. But that was about 24 years ago and now they know what causes it and what needs to be put back in, the problem is trying to put it back in the body but they are coming closer and closer every year. I’ll tell the truth the first 2 or 3 years were very tough cause over those few years I went from walking to having to be in a wheelchair all the time.There were a few things that helped a lot and that was God, loving family, some good friends and can’t forget MDA. There were still great times even going through this terrible circumstance. For 2 years I was able to be the state poster child of MDA in Mississippi. Met all kinds of people that help MDA and went to MDA summer camp. Summer camp was the best part cause I got to meet other people going through what I was going through and I went every single year till I was too old to go. I’ll try to write something next week or sooner, hey if you have any questions or suggestions on what you want me to write about please tell me.