Things you can do on a trabasack

Trabasacks providing Access to the High Street

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Many high streets across the country are still not providing ample access and movability for wheelchair users – despite having had the Disability Discrimination Act and Equality Act now for 19 years. The Short-Changed Report, recently published by the Trailblazers Young Campaigners’ Network, suggests many young wheelchair users find access to the high street difficult.

Between narrow walkways in many high street shops (though reportedly more common throughout independent stores) and tables that are too low for a wheelchair to comfortably rest under, it appears some businesses have not considered disability access at all. But the Trabasack can make life easier, and work towards eliminating the worries that can often come with something as simple as enjoying a meal with friends.

Trabasack for the High Street

The Trabasack is a unique and multi-functional lap tray and wheelchair bag. Designed by a wheelchair user, disability access and ease of movement were considered at every stage of the development. Ideal for travel, shopping or even as a space to place your shopping list, this ergonomic design is ideal for various situations and can be used on a daily basis. The tray is lightweight and easily wiped clean, and is curved to fit your body comfortably in a sitting position. A bean-bag style cushion rests between your lap and the Trabasack, with a zip-up bag in the middle to keep your belongings safe and secure.

By strapping the Trabasack to yourself in its comfortable, lap tray style, you eliminate bags being hung from the side of your wheelchair, which can make it difficult to manoeuvre through narrow walkways and crowds of people. The zip-up bag compartment underneath the Trabasack tray can also be used to store items such as your phone, purse and any extras that you carry around with you, keeping them safely in front of you so that you know where they are at all times.

Trabasack as a Dining Tray

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Trabasaxon Alan using his Trabasack as a tray when faced with inaccessible buffet tables at a hotel.

A common problem in restaurants is that the tables are too low to sit comfortably using a wheelchair, because the wheelchair simply won’t fit underneath. An easy way to combat this is to bring your Trabasack along to dinner. By strapping it to your waist you provide yourself with a handy and sturdy table, making any restaurant available to you, without having to worry about the height of their tables. Additionally, using the non-slip mat leaves you safe in the knowledge that glasses and bowls aren’t going to move when you do.

The Trabasack can be a life-changing addition to any wheelchair user’s life, providing you with a bag and a table wherever you may need one. Our products are designed to make life more accessible and our full range is expanding and developing regularly to include more products designed for all.

Check out this video which shows off exactly what benefits you can get from your Trabasack:

 

To purchase a trabasack visit our Trabasack.com website to see the options available

Trabasack’s Winter Warmer

Trabasack’s Winter Warmer

Trabasaxon Alan Thomas getting into the xmas spirit with an elf.

Trabasaxon Alan Thomas getting into the xmas spirit with an elf.

As winter is upon us and Christmas is literally just around the corner, it’s probably time to start making preparations for the holidays and thinking about gifts and ideas for keeping warm. We have created a handy round up of the best gadgets available:

Tips for Keeping Warm this winter

Staying warm in winter is getting more difficult. Energy prices are known to be rising and rising beyond the cost of living and therefore we need to be craftier with our ways and means of keeping warm. We’ve also found a few gadgets which could mean you can keep the heating switched off for longer and save some more cash.
First things to keep in mind are your clothes. Rather than sticking a jumper on it works better if you wear several separate thin layers and where possible choose clothes made of wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics instead of synthetics.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you can generate heat through the foods you eat. Stock up on the carbs over the winter and eat as many hot meals as possible and your body will thank you for it! Below are some gadgets that could make a real difference to keeping warm during the coldest times.

Hand Warmers

Owl Hand Warmer

These nifty little products can be popped inside gloves for extra warmth or simply held when you’re sitting at home to keep you warmed up. Gel Hand Warmers come in many styles and gives you 45 minutes of extra warmth.

Microwaveable Plush Warmers

These come in a range of different styles and types – soft toys are the most common and they can come in almost every animal you can imagine. Microwaveable plush warmers can be placed in the microwave and are filled with grains which warm up and help keep you warm. They’re the perfect alternative to a hot water bottle and are considered much safer. The owl one is perfect for keeping you hands hoot! (boom tish!)

USB Thermal Blankets

USB heated blanket

What could be better? A heated blanket that’s powered simply through a USB cable. You can keep your lap and legs warm with a USB thermal blanket that won’t cost anywhere near as much as keeping your central heating switched on. You could even pop your blanket under your Trabasack and work that way. Ideal for a bit of extra warmth when tweeting in bed or a in draughty office.

Battery Powered Socks

Keeping your extremities warm can be key to maintaining a comfortable body temperature. Battery Heated Socks are as simple to wear any other socks and the battery compartment is well concealed so it doesn’t look completely out of place.

Hear Muffs

Hear muffs

Hear Muffs combine the warmth you need as well as being able to listen to your favourite music, podcasts or the radio. Keeping your ears warm will help in keeping your whole body temperature moderated.

Footwear Dryer

With this gadget you’ll be able to avoid the old method of stuffing shoes with newspaper when they’re soaked through. A Footwear Warmer will ensure shoes don’t shrink and are kept in shape. It can also be used to warm them up before go out.

Some of these gadgets could keep you extra warm and help you keep your heating bills down without risking your health.Whether you go and visit relatives or have the whole family around your house, you will soon realise how your Trabasack can make the whole Christmas period much more smooth and less hectic or difficult, not to mention warmer!

Trabasack the Winter Warmer

Let’s think ahead to Christmas and how your Trabasack will become your best friend. When visiting relatives you don’t have to worry about sitting away from the family or friends because your chair doesn’t fit under the dining table, just pull out your Trabasack and eat your dinner in the company of others without feeling too far from the table, out on a limb or uncomfortable.

With your Trabasack you can bag the TV remote and keep it safe from those who might be fixated on the soaps.

Your Trabasack is also a great place to store handy essentials when visiting relatives and also a great place to stuff all your Christmas cracker prizes (because you really needed ANOTHER miniature sewing kit)!

Hide the hot water bottle and flask inside, tea or something stronger.

Your Trabasack is also a great source of warmth over the winter period and it really does become your own portable winter warmer. Many people say that the beanbag being on their lap helps to keep their legs warm in the cold. You can even go one step further and pop a hot water bottle inside and keep extra warm whilst you’re out and about. Or why not include a hot flask of warm tea or soup, so you can enjoy a comforting hot drink when you’re out Christmas shopping without having to join the endless queues in one of the coffee shops! Send us a pic of you doing just that for a free T-shirt!

Of course, the final and most important winter function of a Trabasack is as a present for others. I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t be pleased with their very own portable lap tray and bag and if you’re already an owner you probably have a list of friends who have already admired yours!

Recommended by SIA magazine contributers

Trabasack was featured in the ‘Gadgets, Gizmos and Bright ideas section’ of the December 2011 issue of Forward “for thinking people with spinal cord injury“. Under the title ‘Innovative ideas contributed by SIA members’ It reads:

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Trabasack is a stylish bag that is also a very practical laptray. Designed by Clare Edwards (c5/6) who was fed up with being unable to get to a table for food and drink, it is now selling worldwide was being championed by some SIA members at the recent AGM! It has a small light weight beanbag cushion inside it so that it rests comfortably on the lap and a firm tray surface for food, drinks, gadgets or laptops.

 

Clare has made it easy to use by including ring pull zips, grab handles and a range of strap options for carrying or keeping it attached on your lap as you move around. Having won design and style awards, and being a fairly low cost item, it makes a really useful xmas gift.

Trabasack was also recommended by the Christopher Reeve Foundation in their Xmas gift guide so is highly regarded.  So if you are looking for the perfect gift idea, why not give them a great gift and get them a winter warming Trabasack?

Things you can do from a Trabasack: Music

Things you can do from a Trabasack: Music

Follow Me on Pinterest Developed as a new feature for this blog, we’ve been thinking about the versatility of the Trabasack range and think many Trabasaxons out there may be missing out on getting the most from their Trabasack. Versatility and adaptability are core principles at the heart of the product design and we love to hear of new and innovative ways of using our products.

Music Making and your Trabasack

In this first instalment we’re looking about the all fantastic ways Trabasaxons have used their Trabasack to aid the enjoyment and making of music, starting of course with the fantastic Brett Domino and the now infamous Justin Timberlake Medley, that has had over 1,000,000 hits featuring none other than a Trabasack Mini and a Trabasack Connect as mounts for a range of different musical instruments.

Skoog

Another Trabasaxon has shown their talents on the accessible music Skoog, as this video shows:

Using a Trabasack Curve with Connect surface, the Skoog is safely secured so the young musician can easily access and enjoy the instrument, making different sounds and thoroughly enjoying the music making process. As a safe and secure surface, the Trabasack Curve means any instrument or device can be safely enjoyed without any worries.

Mini Drums

This video shows another budding musician, using her Trabasack as a level surface for a novelty mini drum kit which she can access and play with no trouble.

Again you can see exactly how the Trabasack allows the user to easily access the instrument without having to strain or stretch and it looks like tons of fun.

If you’re a budding musician or even an internet superstar (like Brett Domino), the Trabasack can be a fantastic way of having access to your instrument without any difficulty. What’s more, if you need a support for holding your sheet music whilst practicing, why not consider using your Trabasack in conjunction with a new Trabasack Media Mount? Multipurpose and versatile you can position your music in place with the Media Mount and practice, a great alternative to forking out for a music stand you don’t have space for.

The range of things you can do from a Trabasack cannot be underestimated, we’re sure we only know of a small number of the many possibilities out there and are always keen to hear of new and exciting ways you use yours.

 

 

Why is Trabasack One Of The Best Power Wheelchair accessories around?

Trabasack Power Wheelchair Tray and Bag, making it one of the best power wheelchair accessories around.

cool power chair accessories Follow Me on Pinterest Activist blogger and twitterati @latentexistence used a trabasack at the Oxford St Welfare reform protest in January 2012.

If you’re looking for a tray or bag for your power wheelchair, you should look no further than Trabasack. Rather than buying and carrying two separate items, you get both a lap tray and bag in one with a Trabasack. Ingeniously combining both makes it one of the best power wheelchair accessories around.

Why Trabasack is a fantastic accessory for your power wheelchair

If you are looking for cool power chair accessories, trabasack has numerous design awards and style awards.

Your Trabasack lap tray and bag combines many great features which make it a useful accessory for your wheelchair. Firstly, it is light weight and portable so that it’s easy to move when transferring to and from your chair. Keep it stowed at the back when you are not using it. It will hang on the back using the straps supplied. Trabasack is extremely lightweight and and has grab handles to make it easy to hold. It compares very favourably to fixed wooden or plastic trays that are difficult to attach and remove. Being softer and smaller that a large fixed tray, people have said that it feels move sociable as you don not feel there is a barrier between you and other people. They’re designed for comfort as well as functionality. The underside of the Trabasack is fitted with a soft bean cushion which means it’s extremely comfortable on your lap and it has no hard edges, adding further comfort and removing risk of catching yourself on the hard edge of a wooden or plastic tray. Many people like to use it in the car as a car tray, whether it’s your sat nav, OS map, phone or your bottle of water, you can have them close at hand whilst you drive without having to worry about having to search for them.

Using your Trabasack as a food tray

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Your Trabasack can give you more independence when going about your daily business as it is easily brought to your lap as a food tray in restaurants. Unfortunately there are many occasions when powerchair users have difficulty positioning under tables in cafes, restaurants and pubs. Trabasack quickly fixes this problem with a minimum of fuss. It works even when the bag space has your personal items in it. Another inventive use for your Trabasack is as a handy food tray at the cinema or theatre. Without having to strain of stretch for your drinks or snacks you can simply place them on your Trabasack lap tray and get to them at your ease. Simple!

There are many power wheelchair accessories out there but very few are as innovative, multifunctional and useful as Trabasack!

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