There are millions of people out there ignoring disabilities and accomplishing incredible feats. I learned you can learn to do things differently, but do them just as well. I’ve learned that it’s not the disability that defines you, it’s how you deal with the challenges the disability presents you with. And I’ve learned that we have an obligation to the abilities we DO have, not the disability.
~Jim Abbott (professional baseball player born without a right hand)
Living with an upper limb difference can provide a unique set of challenges during the most routine of tasks (that able-bodied people can take for granted). But as with the Jim Abbott quote above, it’s not about giving into our limitations, it’s about exceeding them. And given the myriad of amazing tools and assistive devices out there for people with limb loss and limb difference, there is no time like the present to reach your potential.
And because ClipDifferent is in the market of creating adaptive nail trimmers to help people of every ability, we thought it might be helpful to put together a list of some of the best daily living aids available online. Some are quite obvious; others fulfill a small niche you may have not heard about yet. Either way, we feel that all of these assistive devices have the capacity to help people of all abilities.
Nike FlyEase creates shoes that are quick and easy to get into, and more hands-free. The easy-entry designs expand access and unlock benefits for all athletes*. From pinnacle FlyEase innovations to the wide selection of easy on/off footwear, you can do more of what matters most — play.
ClipDifferent Nail Trimmer
The first truly hands-free nail trimming experience. Many people within the limb different community love the ease. Use it once and you’ll never go back to the old way of clipping your fingernails.
The GrabOpener removes caps as you grab the bottle with one hand, it keeps caps flat, it leverages pull tabs on cans, and its magnet allows it to stow on your beer fridge. Made for amputees.
Page Pal Holder
Keep the pages in your favorite book held wide open with one hand. The warm smooth texture of American Walnut compliments the feel of any book, a perfect gift for your favorite bibliophile.
Myself Belts offers a patented product that is the only one-handed belt on the market and were designed to help those with hand dexterity challenges. Those having the use of only one hand will be able to accomplish a task that ordinarily would be very difficult. Promotes independence and makes dressing so much easier.
One Hand CanDo Cutting Board (includes 3 Silicone Straps)
The One Hand CanDo Cutting Board, created by a stroke survivor who loves to cook, is specifically designed to facilitate a myriad of food preparation techniques using one hand. The inability to hold a food ingredient to prepare it, i.e. by slicing, chopping, shredding, mincing, etc, is no longer an issue when the one-handed cook has the patent pending CanDo Cutting Board in their kitchen tool arsenal. Special features include a strapping system to hold bunches of ingredients such as fresh herbs, 2 repositionable side walls that accommodate left or right handed use and three sharp, stainless steel prongs to impale food items on. Each board includes 3 heat resistant, dishwasher safe silicone straps.
EZ Off Jar Opener
The EZ Off jar opener will open tough lids effortlessly. It will grab hold of any lid whether it’s factory sealed, child proof, tamper proof or just stuck from what’s inside the jar. A simple twist and The EZ Off Jar Opener will deliver every time.
As Seen on TV Toothpaste Dispenser
The Touch N Brush Toothpaste Dispenser eliminates the hassles of toothpaste in a tube. Instead of struggling to get every last bit out of a sticky tube of toothpaste, simply touch your toothbrush to the dispenser and get the perfect amount of toothpaste every time. It’s easy to set up and refill, allowing you to use every last drop of toothpaste and do away with messy tubes forever.
This unique bra dressing aid allows you to easily put on a bra using just one hand. Using the accessory makes putting on a bra easier if you struggle with fastening fiddly bra straps. Assists you by holding one end of the bra while you pull the other end of the strap around the body to fasten the hooks and eyes. Allows ladies with limited reach or mobility to dress independently without needing to ask for help or use an adaptive bra.
Ergonomically designed to comfortably sit over your shoulder so you can freely carry several heavy bags with ease. Carrying heavy shopping on your shoulder or across your body is so much more comfortable. Shopping secured. With all your bag handles securely locked together your shopping stays put and you only have to search for one handle, the Yoke Shopper.
While technically not an assistive device, we’ve heard great things about ithriveX Anti-Friction cream. It’s a toxin-free, completely all-natural anti-friction cream for use with prosthetics (both upper and lower). It contains seven essential oils that prevent rubbing and heal pain caused by prosthetics, so you can bounce back and take on the day.
Editors Note: The post originally published in August 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and more sparkle.