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These Innovative New Toys Can Be Used by People with Paralysis

In 1995, movie star Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed from the neck down by a horseback riding accident. He and his wife dedicated their lives afterwards to spinal cord injury awareness by launching the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. After Christopher died in 2004, his son, Will Reeve, has continued the work of his parents by sitting on the board of the foundation. Part of his work involves developing toys for people with spinal cord injuries. Will claims his inspiration for developing ‘Adaptoys’ comes from childhood memories of wanting to play with his father. How do Adaptoys Work? In a recent video designed to fundraise for Adaptoys, former college football player Eric LeGrand is seen using ‘sip-and-puff’ technology and a headset to operate a remote control car. Much like Christopher, LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down, and uses ‘sip-and-puff’ technology to send signals to devices, such as a wheelchair….
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