What in heck-fire is an Ability Hacker?


what is an ability hackerA “good hack” is slang for a clever solution to a problem, and “hacking” is the act of creating that solution.

I call myself an ability hacker because I strive to create solutions that encourage my daughter to grow stronger and build new skills. I am always on the lookout for interesting solutions developed by others as well.

A few years ago, I found myself unexpectedly thrown off kilter when we received news that my daughter would be born with Myelomeningocele (more commonly known at Spina Bifida). I was 20 weeks pregnant, and the next 18 and a half weeks were a roller coaster of emotions, filled with loads of research, prenatal testing, and planning.

Once my daughter arrived, well… I was in love! Her being here also let me move from worry mode into action mode, and being active… even proactive… made me feel a ton more positive. However, I often find that what I want for her either doesn’t exist, or is REALLY costly. As a result, I’ve gotten crafty. I use inexpensive, everyday materials and throw in a helping of can-do spirit. Sometimes things work. Sometimes they don’t.

This is my space to share ideas and creations (that have worked) with you.

Note: Every solution won’t work or be safe for every child, so please always partner closely with your child’s doctors and therapists if you decide to try out some of these ideas!


  1. I have stumbled across your blog and absolutely love it. As a mom of a 3 year old with a mobility impairment, it is great to see someone else taking a similar approach to us! We just ‘hacked’ a bike for my son, would love to share the story if you’re interested.

    1. Jasmine – i would LOVE to feature how you hacked a bike for your son! Can you email me the story with some pictures of the bike (and of the process of hacking it if you have any)? Close ups of the parts you hacked plus the full bike would be great (with your son on it / using it if you are comfortable sharing that). If you also include a short paragraph about yourself, then I can share a little about you with the article. Thank you! My email is abilityhacker@gmail.com .

      1. Hi Amy – I’m sorry I just saw this response! More than happy to email you the story with some pics.Will send something through soon. :)

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