There is a common misconception that wheelchair wheel locks and brakes serve the same purpose. They do not. In fact, relying on locks to slow yourself down can be dangerous to both you and your wheelchair.
According to the National Organization on Disability (NOD), there are more than 54 million Americans living with some type of disability. Even though this makes up a large portion of our population, many people are unsure of how to respectfully interact with others that seem "different". The United Spinal Association gives Tips on Interacting With People With Disabilities. Here's what they recommend.
Few things are as easy on the eyes as discovering a fresh blanket of snow in the morning. Many of us look forward to seeing it at least once during the winter season. For individuals living with wheelchairs these winter wonderland days can present some real mobility issues and can make a day of errands challenging.
When someone writes ‘disability’, they should cross out the ‘dis’ and just keep the ‘ability,’ because I think that everyone is able to do something.” – Tatyana McFadden Despite falling from her chair only moments before reaching the finish line, it was not enough to stop Tatyana McFadden from capturing another marathon grand slam. McFadden won the women’s wheelchair division at the New York City Marathon this past Sunday, giving her eight straight marathon wins and capping off a second consecutive year of winning London, Boston, Chicago, and New York.
Batteries are part of our everyday life. Many of us cannot last a few hours, let alone a day without accessing our smartphones or tablets. Every time we go out, we either drive our car or take a form of public transportation. We use a remote control to switch channels while watching television. As you can see we frequently interact with batteries throughout our daily routine without always realizing it. This is especially true if you use powered mobility equipment, such as a scooter, power assist wheelchair, or fully powered wheelchair. Knowing how to properly handle and care for your batteries will help maximize your wheelchair’s battery life. In this blog we will go over 4 best practices of caring for a Nickle Metal Hydride (NiMH) wheelchair battery. For a detailed breakdown of the pros and cons of using NiMH wheelchair batteries check out our blog here.
The wheelchair has come a long way. A generation ago, the word “wheelchair” painted a picture of a boxy, shiny steel frame and sagging vinyl upholstery lining the seat. Finding a wheelchair with a perfect fit or support held little value in the past. If a child was in need of a wheelchair, their growth and developmental needs were overlooked. In most cases the child would be placed in a larger chair because he or she would “grow into it”. However let me emphasize that this was the past. Now there are almost as many wheelchair styles, colors, and options available as there are children to use them. Selecting the right one for your child can seem overwhelming at times, but knowing the important needs to consider will help you narrow down your search.