Chris Stigas is an entrepreneur and accessibility activist. His first accessibility product, the HandiCup, fills the need for a simple, effective solution for carrying a beverage on a wheelchair or walker. He is the recipient of the 2020 Patti Dawson Activist of the Year Award for his work with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, advocating and educating on behalf of his community. Chris never set out to become an accessibility product designer and activist, but feels gratitude for the life he finds himself living after his own spinal cord injury.
In this episode of the Major Pain podcast, Chris shares the story of how one bad fall changed his entire life. His spinal cord was bruised after an accidental slip into the bathtub, where he would remain unable to move for 15 hours before being discovered and rushed to emergency surgery. He was told he’d never again speak, move his arms or eat solid foods, all things he has now retrained his body to do. He shares with us how keeping busy and learning to approach life with gratitude helped him find contentedness where he never thought possible, and discusses improving the world for the next generation of wheelchair users.
Chris has created a 15% off discount code for any podcast listeners who want to purchase a HandiCup. Head to https://handicup.com/ and use the code MAJORPAIN15 at checkout.