Feb 082015
 With surroundings like this I couldn't give up on photography.

With surroundings like this I couldn’t give up on photography.

 Heading out to shoot some stills and videos. See the video below to learn how my system works.

Heading out to shoot some stills and videos.

In my previous post, I explained that losing nearly all the muscles in my hands and arms and taken away my ability to hold the camera and press the shutter. Today I am happy to report that my occupational therapist has created a system that attaches to my wheelchair and restores my ability to do photography. Actually, it turns my wheelchair into a rolling tripod. Couple that with the ability to tilt, elevate, and roll, and my new system gives me more capabilities for taking stills and videos than before. Please watch the video below to see how it all comes together.
Occupational therapist John MancIl and his bag of tricks.

Occupational therapist John MancIl and his bag of tricks.

  9 Responses to “Photography for the Severely Disabled.”

  1. God Bless You ! Thanks so much for the video ! My husband also had IBM and went to Heaven a little over a year ago ! Your hands are just like his were are it’s hard to keep the tears from flowing. I am so glad to see you doing All that you can do and helping other to know and see what IBM patients go through each and every day ! Keep up the good work ! You don’t really understand until you have been in our shoes !

  2. Mike, you never cease to amaze me! You and your gifted therapist are putting McIver of TV fame to shame! Bravo to both of you!

  3. Mike-
    Great to see how you and John came up with an adaptation that works. It is a struggle I see to make it all work. If in the future you and John want to try a voice controlled GoPro hack, let me know I’m up for a challenge and it may just fit in with my needs in the future so I’ll probably work on it any way over the next year or two. Keep the pictures and videos coming, my friend.

    Your IBM buddy-

  4. Well I know I’n interested in the voice hack – sounds like fun 🙂

    • Jon –

      My concept is to use the three button remote for the GoPro, an Arduino computer with a voice recognition chip. Then run an Arduino script to recognize “one”, “two” or “three” to activate the remote by paralleling the buttons with Arduino pins. This will use the remote activated by the voice recognition, the script and the “buttons” served by the Arduino pins. Should be easy enough . What do you think? john(at)mcclun.com

  5. Hi Mike,

    You continue to prove to me that our family has the “teacher” genes deeply imbedded in our DNA. Your video teaches a lot more than pretty scenery, however. It demonstrates again your indomitable spirit. I am proud I share those genes with you.

    Love from your cousin,


  6. Hi Mike. It was my sincere pleasure to talk with you yesterday. As I’d told you, I do not believe in coincidences and I believe that we were meant to have the much appreciated conversation that we had. You are clearly a class act and likely an inspiration to anyone who has gotten to know you. It is quite obvious to me that you strongly believe in helping others. I do as well my friend. This is some great stuff. I need to spend some more time on your site and absorb this wonderful information that you are sharing. I look forward to communicating with you again. Gary

  7. You are an amazing man, so resourceful and independent dealing with frustrations and difficulties that come from IBM. I have no words, but admiration! I found extremely interesting the presentation of your camera. My late husband, who also suffered IBM, did like photography and I do keep his last photo he took of me, on the 17th September 2012, it was such a beautiful photo! Cameras are very good friends and bring us many satisfactions when visualising in a permanent form what we see. All my love and respect to you for continuing fighting and giving such good and relevant information to the sufferers and their carers.

    • Thank you for your generous reply. I am sorry for the loss of your husband. My wife (who was an artist) also passed away in late 2012. I visited your Facebook page and was very impressed by your accomplishments and range of interests.

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