A day in the life of a wheelchair user

 A day in the life of a wheelchair user

English: Wooden wheelchair dating to the early part of the 20th century on display at the Ex Hospital Minero-Museo de Medicina Laboral located in Real del Monte Hidalgo State Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was recently brought to my attention that people were curious to experience what life was like from a wheelchair. My personal opinion is that those simulation is beneficial but I feel like the best impact would be that of trying to shopping in wheelchair.  From shopping I feel like one will see just how truly inaccessible the world is. 

Be it something as simple as paying for items or reaching the debit machine sometimes it takes a bit of unique fancy chair positioning to make it happen

Has anyone ever tried to go shopping in a wheelchair when you don’t normally use a chair to get around what obstacles did you face?

 A day in the life of a wheelchair user

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook

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A day in the life of a wheelchair user — 4 Comments

  1. last summer, a group of city engineers in portland (maine) spent the day in wheelchairs, to experience first-hand the pot-holes, broken curb cuts and general difficulty in getting around this old city. i thought it was a GREAT idea. but i don’t think anything ever came of it. i agree – more people should give it a try, to see what it is like. go to a cocktail party, and try to carry on a conversation from way down here, carry your dinner plate and a drink, etc. it ain’t easy. thanks for being bold!

  2. I had a foot injury, so I had to use crutches. The Walmart that I go to is a superstore and was too large for me to be able to walk around. Long story short I used a chair that they have available for people who have difficultly walking for long periods. The hardest part of shopping was trying to reach things from top shelves ( getting out of the chair was not possible with crutches at my side and all of the collected items on and beside me. I had to bother people to reach up for me- it was a little uncomfortable. Also, the debit machines are slightly too tall, so if I had not been able to get up, it may not have been possible. I was put out because Walmarts are supposed to be more more accessible. Apparently not this one.

  3. My son has CP and uses a chair for mobility. I am endlessly surprised by how difficult it is to get into buildings. How is he supposed to open a door, let alone operate his power chair at the same time?! And bathrooms are awful, too.

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