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Welcome to our Spinal Cord Injury Community! Meet Aaron Baker, Shield HealthCare’s Spinal Cord Injury Lifestyle Specialist and recovering C4-5-6 complete quadriplegic. Aaron is also an athlete, ambassador, entrepreneur and father. Here you can find accurate and motivational information about acute and post-acute recovery, health and ongoing management of a Spinal Cord Injury. We hope you join us and explore our library of helpful resources. The possibilities are endless!

In a moment, your life changes. We’re here to support you through the many difficult moments in the recovery, rehabilitation, and rebuilding of your life. Explore Aaron’s many articles on learning to eat, walk, and move your body, pushing through limitations with the power of your mind.

Whether you’ve been living with your injury weeks, years, or even decades, there’s always something new to learn. From pain management and spastic bowels to sleeping, parenting, and accessible travel tips, there’s information for everyone living with permanent injury. Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Ask Aaron!

From interviews to how-to’s, some things are best explained in person. Watch these videos for great tips from Aaron and other injury survivors. Are you looking to travel? Explore our Mobility in the City series, and see what accessible activities cities have to offer across the U.S.!

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In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) For Minors

In-Home Supportive Services Make A Difference Providing specialized care for children with disabilities takes a mental, emotional, physical and financial toll on families. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a crucial aid that can calm the overwhelming process. When I was injured in 1999, I was no longer a minor and filed for IHSS services on… Continue reading In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) For Minors

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Aaron biking across USA

Recovering Quadriplegic Wheels The World, Launches Foundation

Ride Around The World! Creating Life-Enhancing Opportunities for a Diverse-Abled™ World Adversity Into Adventure Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, officially launches with a mission to help others transform adversity into adventure led by founder, Aaron Baker, who will set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Baker, a recovering quadriplegic, will wheel, walk, and roll… Continue reading Recovering Quadriplegic Wheels The World, Launches Foundation

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Mental and Behavioral Health Facility

Accessible Voting

Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Choice! It’s an election year, and it is more important than ever to get out and vote! Not just because of who the candidates may be, but because our local, state and federal representatives need to hear from us – the people who depend on curb cutouts, disabled parking spots,… Continue reading Accessible Voting

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father with a spinal cord injury

A Wheel-Life Dad

Parenting With A Disability December 26, 2023, marks three years of being a Dad! I have learned so much more about myself, our daughter, and how I view the world in just these first few years. As we leap into 2024, I would like to share some of the challenges, triumphs and wisdom I have… Continue reading A Wheel-Life Dad

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Adaptive Clothing For EveryBODY!

Fashion Forward Fashion is in a constant state of change – trends, classic pieces, and risky moments! Recently, we have seen brands expanding their size ranges, as well as functionality. These latest accommodations have made it more inclusive in the market for people of all abilities to shop and be stylish!   Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive:… Continue reading Adaptive Clothing For EveryBODY!

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adaptive gaming

Adaptive Gaming: A Level Playing Field

Leveling the Playing Field Through Virtual Reality I am now old enough to have played most of the original home video game consoles like Atari, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Play Station and Xbox – all of which brought great joy and entertainment to me as a young boy. Little did I know that the virtual world… Continue reading Adaptive Gaming: A Level Playing Field

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How to Create an Inclusive Workplace

Embracing diversity in all its forms enriches the workplace, innovation, and a culture of understanding. By implementing inclusive policies, organizations can create an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute.

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choosing the right rehab. Physical therapist adjusts the neck brace of a patient after physical therapy in a rehabilitation center.

Rehab Factsheet: Choosing the Right Rehabilitation Center

When the insurance well dried up, my family and I were left asking, “where to next”? We had just started seeing progress being made with my physical and occupational therapists. This was not the time to slow down or stop! My mom searched the globe for alternative places to continue my rehab, but in 1999,… Continue reading Rehab Factsheet: Choosing the Right Rehabilitation Center

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SCI 101: the basics of SCI. cork board with a sticky note pinned and a hand-drawn lightbulb, with text saying "SCI 101"

Spinal Cord Injury 101

Understanding The Basics Of SCI A spinal cord injury has an immense impact on your life, and those around you. While learning how to manage your new body, you are being fed through a fire hose with new terms and diagnosis of how you present. What do they all mean? Where do you fall? Understanding… Continue reading Spinal Cord Injury 101

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8 tips for creating an accessible home

8 Tips For Creating an Accessible Home

Accessible Abode When I was discharged from the hospital in 1999, we had no where to call “home”. I had been living with the race team prior to my accident, my mother owned a ranch in Oklahoma and my dad was in Arizona. We had created a beautiful bubble in my hospital room which I… Continue reading 8 Tips For Creating an Accessible Home

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I have been paralyzed from the waist down since 2013. I’ve been steadily gaining weight since then, and I’m starting to get self-conscious about it, especially since people already stare at me in my wheelchair. What are some exercises, things I can do to help me lose this extra weight?
James
Hi James! I'm sorry to hear about your accident, but it sounds like you're motivated to be as strong as possible. Good man! I also had a lean body before my injury. In my experience, nutrition and physical activity are the most effective ways to manage my weight. I have learned that by eating...