Caleb McLelland has had spina bifida his entire life, and has always had to use a wheelchair. Every Halloween, Cassie McLelland, Caleb’s mom, has made sure her son can go trick-or-treating with his friends and family by crafting Caleb awesome Halloween costumes that incorporate his wheelchair into the ensemble. Now 9-years-old, Caleb’s costumes have become so popular that Cassie has started a blog for other parents of handicapped children who are looking to make unique DIY costumes. And have we mentioned they’re totally kickass? Keep reading »
It’s no secret that Lady Gaga’s been having some health problems of late. In February, she cancelled her Born This Way tour, after sustaining a labral tear in her hip. For the past several weeks she’s been recovering from hip surgery and has been seen in all manner of fancy, upscale wheelchairs. Her latest luxe chair is a specially made Louis Vuitton chair that she’s been rolling around in while visiting her boyfriend (and maybe fiance) Taylor Kinney, on the set of his middling TV show, “Chicago Fire.” Seriously, have you seen it? How do these things get made?
In any case, Gaga was in Chicago visiting Kinney for her 27th birthday, which she spent at a fancy Italian restaurant and the Polekatz Gentlemen’s Club. This lady rolls hardcore. As for how much the LV wheels might run, we’re estimating somewhere in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. Just a guess. [Photo: Flame Flynet]
When Lady Gaga has a hip replacement, you’d better believe she’s going to roll out of the recovery room in a couture wheelchair. And naturally, Terry Richardson will be waiting there to photograph her in it.
Instead of hobbling around on crutches like most of us would after her recent hip replacement, the singer is recovering in a one-of-a-kind, 24-karat gold apparatus designed by Ken Borochov of luxury brand Mordekai. Her golden wheelchair is complete with a black tufted calf leather seat, a removable leather canopy, padded leg rests and gold-plated brakes. Keep reading »
This week, we heard about Chris P. Bacon, the piglet on wheels, and a goldfish who floats with the help of a harness. You thought you had things hard, you ain’t got nothin’ on these physically challenged animals. These dogs, cats, pigs and alpacas (yes, that’s right, alpacas) were born just a little bit different, but thanks to their kind human helpers, they’ve been given a new lease on life.
And if you want to support a non-profit that helps animals like these, check out Rolling Dog Farm. For more information on animal wheelchairs, check out: Pets With Disabilities , K-9 Cart Company, Eddieswheelz and RuffRollin.
We don’t give it a second thought walking down the street and turning wherever we want but for some people it’s not so simple. Toyota has just come out with a way for wheelchair bound folks to steer their way easily just by using their mind. Just by willing themselves to turn a corner, the chair will turn with the person but a stop requires a puff of the cheek. This special baseball cap is wired to an EEG brainscan that gives the wearer true virtual control, much more practical than the ol’ joystick way of getting around. Right on it’s tail, Honda is developing a similar technology that may be able to do even more by moving actual limbs. They released a video earlier this year of a robot moving his right hand just by thinking about it. They aren’t putting it up for commercial sale just yet but the good news is that it works and may make handicaps a much smaller obstacle.
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