Driving With A Disability
The front doorbell rings, and I already know who's there. I rush to answer it. In my haste, my arm slips on the dark surface of my wheelchair's joystick and - WHACK! Before I can slow down, the wheelchair's seat smacks into the door.
"One second!" I yell at the surface of the whitewashed wood. Leaning forward, I reach upward with my neck, and begin to turn the key with my chin. As the lock pops open, I use my left arm to turn the door handle, and open the portal to the outside world. Today, is the first day of the rest of my life, a new beginning, the day that I meet my destiny, or whichever cliché I should use. I take a breath, and say "Hi" to my driving instructor.
Take A Seat
"Why don't you go ahead and take a seat?" "Please, take a load off." More than likely, you've used these phrases, or ones of similar effect, during your time on this planet. They provide us with a unique opportunity, by allowing us to extend a particular kind of courtesy to the person or people that we are speaking with. In other words, these statements are designed to make others feel comfortable. Generally speaking, sitting can serve a vast array of purposes, ranging from relaxing, to eating, to talking, to even working. Whether you realize it or not, by taking that seat, you are committing yourself to any number of these actions. But what about people who are always seated? What does sitting mean for a person in a wheelchair?
From Wheelchair To Accessible Vehicle
At Custom Mobility, we serve a diverse population of wheelchair users. A large portion of our customers are from the pediatric side. It is common for us to provide a person with her/his first wheelchair, and to continue serving that client for her/his entire life. So, how does this process start, and where does it end? At what point, during this process, should you consider an accessible vehicle? The easy answer to these questions, is that it’s different for every person.
You're Faking It! Stigma Surrounding Invisible Disability
The most popular symbol associated with disability is the image of the wheelchair. While this image certainly serves a purpose, it doesn’t encompass the entirety of the disabled experience. What do I mean by that? Well, we know that disabilities come in all shapes and sizes. People with invisible disabilities struggle differently than people with physical disabilities. Not only do they need to deal with the limitations of their impairments, but they must constantly prove, to other people, that they are disabled. As you can imagine, this process is extremely taxing on both a physical, and an emotional, level.
New Year's Resolutions For Wheelchair Users
For many, the new year is a time to invest in change. At large, people often make resolutions to get in better shape, be more productive at work, spend more time with family, etc. For people with disabilities, our resolutions can certainly share some of these qualities; however, they might also look a bit different. Maybe we’ll vow to keep a more deliberate schedule, regarding proper wheelchair maintenance. Some may seek to invest more time with political endeavors, advocating for increased access to mobility equipment. Whatever your goals may be for 2018, let’s begin the process together, and make sure that we achieve them.
Making your home more accessible for Holidays guests
The holiday season is upon us. If your family is anything like mine, that means spending an extended period of time with parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other, extended family members. To wheelchair users, it can be daunting, or impossible, to spend a lot of time in settings that are either unfamiliar or inaccessible. If you are hosting a holiday party, you want to be sure that everybody feels included in the festivities. Here are some guidelines, designed to determine whether your house can effectively host a wheelchair-accessible, holiday gathering.