Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for $393,000

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for $393,000

A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000), auctioneer Christie’s said Thursday. The red wheelchair was used by Dr. Hawking during the late 1980s and early ’90s; he stopped using it when he could no longer steer it with his hands. The physicist spent most of his life steadily losing control over his muscles because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The motorized chair, used by Hawking after he was paralyzed ...

KD Smart Chair and UCSD Developing Autonomous Wheelchair

KD Smart Chair and UCSD Developing Autonomous Wheelchair

University of California San Diego develops an autonomous KD Smart Chair power wheelchair. KD Smart Chair announces their collaboration with the Jacobs School of Engineering to have an open source, low cost, powered wheelchair with assistive and autonomous navigation technologies. The UC San Diego Smart Open Source Wheelchair project will deliver an affordable modular design that can be replicated around the world and used as a test bed for future development in healthcare safety for the pat...

Does Medicare Cover Mobility Scooters?

Does Medicare Cover Mobility Scooters?

Mobility scooters have the ability to make difficult tasks possible for many seniors. However, when the once-simple task of walking has become debilitating, and you may be unsure if you can afford a solution. Fortunately, Medicare can provide coverage for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) if you meet some specific requirements. Mobility scooters, being a particularly expensive form of durable medical equipment, have a few extra steps for getting them covered. KD Smart Chair does not accept insu...

The Wheelchair Users Guide to Navigating Public Transportation

The Wheelchair Users Guide to Navigating Public Transportation

Public transportation can be a nightmare for wheelchair users. Whether you are traveling to a foreign city or just trying to navigate around your neighborhood, public transportation can get you to where you need to go, it just takes a bit of patience and planning. Here are some tips that will help make navigating public transportation much easier easier for wheelchair users. Public Transportation Options A little online research can go a long way when it comes to public transportation. Fi...

Best 10 Apps for Wheelchair Users

Best 10 Apps for Wheelchair Users

Technology has changed the lives of wheelchair users in a variety of ways. New innovative wheelchair technology and apps are being developed on a regular basis. Apps are becoming increasingly popular among the disabled community, especially those that help navigate daily life easier. The following apps are considered the best apps for wheelchair users and others with disabilities. Access Earth – This app allows users to share information with other members of accessible hotels, restauran...

Survey: Important Factors When Buying a Power Wheelchair

Survey: Important Factors When Buying a Power Wheelchair

KD Smart Chair is conducting a survey on important considerations on what influences consumers when purchasing a power wheelchair. Please take a minute to vote and tell us what is the most important consideration when purchasing a power wheelchair.  Thank you!    

Road Trips for Wheelchair Users [Images]

Road Trips for Wheelchair Users [Images]

Florida Route 66 California Coast New York State Miami to Key West   TIP: Make sure you get your wheelchair serviced and scheduled for maintenance as well as any repairs needed before leaving for your next road trip. Additional Resources:  Wheelchair Safety Guide Wheelchair Users Guide to Traveling During the Thanksgiving Holiday Guide to Traveling with Wheelchairs Top 10 Best Disability Friendly Cities in the United States

15 Greatest Stephen Hawking Quotes

15 Greatest Stephen Hawking Quotes

Stephen Hawking has changed the world forever. His scientific discoveries and disability activism contributed to the world and will continue to impact the future and beyond. His death has saddened people worldwide most who have created meaningful and powerful tributes to the man, his work and his influence on society. Stephen Hawking will be remembered for many things he accomplished throughout his lifetime but his quotes will live on in the hearts of everyone forever. Here are the 15 greate...

A Day With "Uncle Bobby" Unser at the 102nd Indy 500

A Day With "Uncle Bobby" Unser at the 102nd Indy 500

A Typical Day At KD Smart Chair Our day started like any other day at the KD Smart Chair office, fielding calls and communications from clients to help those in need. I received a call from a gentleman asking general information questions about our wheelchair.  This is something we address daily and was not out of the ordinary. As the conversation became more personal, the gentleman stated that his friend has an extremely chaotic schedule and was seeking more mobility while being celebrated ...

New Emojis Representing Users with Disabilities Proposed by Apple

New Emojis Representing Users with Disabilities Proposed by Apple

Apple has proposed new design emojis that represent individuals with disabilities.  The emojis that are approved during this meeting will appear when Emoji 12.0 is released during the second half of 2019. Emojis originally was just a cute niche used as an accessory for text messages, but it has now evolved into a meaningful form of communication. Pre-emoji texts were often taken out of context by the reader. How many times have you texted a friend with the intention of being funny, and they ...

The Guide to Spring Break for Wheelchair Users

The Guide to Spring Break for Wheelchair Users

Spring break! Students in the United States study hard all semester and look forward to resting their minds during spring break. Escaping to beautiful destinations is common. Students who are wheelchair users often get left behind because of obstacles that prevent them from following the crowd to specific destinations. Wheelchair users don’t have to be left behind anymore. The following information will help guide you in planning the best spring break you ever experienced. Choose a Destinati...


Helpful Resources for Senior Citizens and the Aging

Becoming old and aging is a part of life that nobody can avoid. However, it is important to remember there are resources available to help target almost any obstacles for seniors, baby boomers and the aging in the America. Quick Stats about Senior Citizens, Baby Boomers and The Aging Americans 46.2 million The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2014. This group accounted for 14.5 percent of the total population. The 65 and older population grew from 44...