About the Author: Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary


Hi there, my name is Kevin Cleary. I was born in Westchester County in 1966 on December 3. I lived there until 1973 when my family moved. I graduated from high school in 1984 and then attended college in New Jersey, where I graduated with a marketing degree in 1988. Upon graduating, I worked with Enterprise Rent a Car doing sales for two years after which I joined the New York Telephone Company as a field technician. Growing up and through adulthood I was very active in many different sports including football, soccer, softball, and ice hockey amongst others. In 1995 I married my long time girlfriend Robin and in 1996 we moved to Connecticut. In 2000 we welcomed a son into the world. He has grown up to be a great kid!! In April 2006 I was injured jumping on a trampoline with my son and injured my neck to the point where I am a quadriplegic. Things changed rather rapidly after that and I was forced to learn things about the medical product field that I would otherwise not have known. After several years of therapy I have been able to determine which medical accessories are effective for my condition such as wheelchairs, standing frames, neuromuscular stimulators, as well as other rehab/therapy items. I have worked with doctors, therapists, and other patients to determine what will be right for me. While working with my therapists, we sometimes would design something while thinking outside of the box to make something work. Some of this work that I have done have been utilized for patients other than me. This hands-on insight has helped me with research that I have done for HPFY. Although my condition limits me, I try to get out as often as I can. I enjoy sampling cuisines from different countries not to mention a good glass of single malt scotch!! I try to keep up with the sports that I used to follow even though I can’t participate in them. I still enjoy listening to music from around the world and a good comedy always makes me laugh. I like to think that I am technologically competent, since my job with the phone company was technically based (working with multiplexers, digital systems, and computers).

Kevin Cleary's Articles

Wheelchair Ramps vs. Lifts: Which Is Right for You?

Posted on Oct 18, 2018 by Kevin Cleary

The concept of modifying your home for accessibility with the wheelchair can seem like a daunting project. Most homes are constructed with stairs or steps that are just not practical or even traversable by a wheelchair. The installation process for both does come with a unique set of issues for both and understanding your needs and property/home can help decide which alternative is right for you.

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Posted in Mobility Ramps & Lifts

Five Tips for Choosing the Best Wheelchair Ramps

Posted on Sep 08, 2018 by Kevin Cleary

For those using a wheelchair or any other wheeled mobility device, moving the wheelchair in and out of a place will pose a challenge if there are steps leading to it. It is here that installing a wheelchair ramp will be of great help.

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Hit the Road: Traveling with SCI

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 by Kevin Cleary

Everybody enjoys a good journey, whether it’s a day trip for a long weekend getaway. For people affected by a spinal cord injury they may feel these type of vacations are a thing of the past. The good news is that now it is possible to hit the road with friends or family with just a little bit of preparation and forethought.

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Kids Zone: Pediatric Wheelchair Options

Posted on May 07, 2015 by Kevin Cleary

Hopefully you will never be faced with the dilemma of needing a wheelchair for your child, but if you ever do it’s good to know that there are plenty of options. Each child is different; therefore there is no cookie-cutter formula for pediatric wheelchairs. As opposed to wheelchairs designed for adults, those designed for children require a slightly different approach.

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Posted in Pediatric Wheelchair

Wheelchair Varieties: One Size Does Not Fit All

Posted on May 07, 2015 by Kevin Cleary

Guess what? As it turns out, everyone is different!! We come in all sizes and shapes and therefore require different sizes and styles of just about everything. This train of thought also applies to wheelchairs. Since there is a wide range of needs and requirements, there are options available to accommodate just about everyone.

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Posted in Manual Wheelchair Power Chair