Our Top Picks for Gadgets


Think of the gear you can’t live without. The smartphone you constantly check or the cooking gadget you reach for every day. Each holds value in improving the way we function in daily living. We have picked our favorite gadgets for paraplegics and quadriplegics.

Our team contributor Mike uses this multi-functional grappling claw. It is a cross between a mechanical claw and a grappling hook. When it touches down, the jaws are pushed open due to the gravity and closed when reversed.

“Tie any rope or string that is firm enough to the ring buckle at the bottom. Then use for grasping dropped items, opening bottle or can tops, or towing a broken car. These are just a few of the things I can accomplish with this gadget.”

Voice recognition software is a top pick gadget for anyone that has limited hand dexterity. Our entire team agrees hand free gadgets like this are always a “top pick”.

  • Dragon® NaturallySpeaking – Home Edition isn’t just a practical gadget for quadriplegics and paraplegics, it’s actually great for anyone who doesn’t like the physical act of typing. This voice recognition software is a fast, accurate way to “type” anywhere you would put text: computers, tablets, phones, etc. Dragon gets even more accurate as it learns the words and phrases that are used the most

Lemon Sprayer Gadget used as a citrus juicer for salads, seafood and cooking.

  • Not only is the gadget practical but it’s fun! If you have the hand dexterity to use a spray bottle (with a pump spray like this) this product may work great for you. “It personally is easier than squeezing a lemon for me,” team contributor Leslie explains. “It gets bonus points for not creating a sticky mess!”

Coroler Cool Fingerless LED Flashlight Gloves are amazing for a wheelchair user.

  • Features for these gloves include manageable turn on and off switches for limited hand dexterity. They are easy to put on and take off with a neoprene material. There are two lights on each glove - one on index finger and one on thumb - and lights are BRIGHT! These LED flashlight gloves are a great gadget for when you’re propelling a manual wheelchair and need a flashlight.

There are so many other useful gadgets available. Start your own search on the internet and you may be pleasantly surprised at all the gadgets that can improve your daily living. Keep living boldly.

The BARD Care Team

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