Holding My Niece at iLevel®

Several months ago, my brother and his wife recently had a child. Her name is Andi Josephine Anderson, and she is eight months old. She’s such a cute kid!

Being an uncle is pretty fun. It’s great interacting with Andi and watching her grow. It’s interesting how she sees the world. What’s great is that Andi just sees me, her uncle. She doesn’t see my disability or my wheelchair. Being elevated at iLevel® in my Edge® 3 power chair helps Andi realize that I am not that different, I am just as tall or at the same height as her parents. Of course, she might have questions about my power wheelchair as she gets older, and that’s totally fine. Kids are naturally curious.

Having iLevel® is a huge help when I’m spending time with my niece. Because I have only one hand, I make sure I am holding her tightly. iLevel helps accommodate that, because I can stand her up on my seat and lean her against my body. When I’m passing her back and forth between members of my family (obviously, everyone wants to hold her!), being elevated makes the process much smoother. No one has to bend down to hand her to me, and I don’t have to reach up. It’s safer for me and for her.

For parents who have disabilities, iLevel can make such a difference in the way you care and interact with your kids. The 12-inch elevation provides the ability to reach a changing table when you need to change diapers. iLevel also allows parents to safely cook meals, reach snacks in the cabinet, help kids brush their teeth, the list goes on.

Parenting is a full-time job and can be challenging. You’ll need many tools to raise your kids. Consider iLevel technology your swiss army knife!

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.