Disability Hacker

Disability Hacker: New Gadgets and Resources Site

This looks an interesting new site Disability Hacker

Created by Ceri, it is a new site to share tricks and gadgets to ‘hack’ disability.

disability hacker

Ceri is a creative problem solver and social media manager for a small charity

At they moment they are adding new information to the resource page. I was invited to add the following about trabasack:

 Trabasack is a bag that can be easily used on your lap for food, gaming or laptops and tablets. It is lightweight, can be attached with straps and has a firm upper tray top and a small bean bag underneath to make it level and comfortable on your knees.

Any one can use it and it looks like a smart bag but as a wheelchair user designed it has some easy to use features like ring pull zips, grab handles and multiple straps and attachment options for different shaped chairs and people!

The is even an option to have a soft fabric called ‘Connect’ that is velcro receptive so you can add a small rough patch of velcro to your phone or ipad to keep it secure when you are moving about! Trabasack is also very popular for children for more info about uses for children visit or

People who use switches and communication aids also get there own site at

But the most popular use is still for all those occasions when you cannot get to a table or just want a cup of tea in bed or in front of the TV!


Ceri has also started a blog with recent tips on exercise and mouse control. I notice there is also a post about shoe laces but she has not discovered the marvel of Greeper laces yet! I better get over and comment!


The new Disability Hacker site is well worth a look, pop over and add some info!

Tinderbox video- from new musical NICKED

Tinderbox video – from new musical NICKED

TINDERBOX eh? Whats is that all about then? It starts slow and is mostly all about the AV debate. Which, as we all know, is ancient history now. Its not an AV propaganda trailer for yes2AV or no2AV. You might think it is halfway through but it definitely isn’t.

It looks like it is part of an interesting new musical about the  political year we have just had and the relationship of the three party leaders. The Cameron isn’t a very good likeness but otherwise it is very good.

Have a watch and give it a chance. I’m looking forward to finding out more and am going to follow the twitter accounts

@nickedmusical and @mrsamhodges

I don’t think I can get trabasack in here anywhere….no I can’t. Nor can I find out why its called tinderbox. There isn’t a tinderbox mentioned or cigars, pipes, tobacco or any smoking references. Did I miss that? No lighters, cigar cutters or smoking accessories of any type. Hang on! If you smoked a pipe and wanted to carry it around in a convenient bag with a small faux leather wipe-able surface to stuff and pack your pipe a trabasack would be ideal!

Smoking tray

A tinderbox as used to light a pipe or cigarette perhaps. From the olden days...

In fact, you could even put a lighter or a tinderbox inside the bag space, get it out when needed and light your pipe. The materials of a trabasack are fire retardant you know, tested according to the stringent standarts of the automotive industry. I won’t quote the number of the test, but handy if you are a smoker eh?


I’ve not even considered trabasack as a tray/bag for smokers. There is probably a market there, so more work to be done new pages etc. In its own way this video has therefore been creatively inspirational. Best of luck to them all. Is that 300 words yet?

This page first appeared on the trabasack website under tinderbox

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