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.
The Wheelchair World Series has rapidly grown in popularity over the years, so much so that it has truly transformed into an international event. Teams from around the world including Japan arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday. This gave teams a chance to become acclimated and practice before the opening ceremony kicked-off the tournament on Thursday.
The Man Sam Schmidt is living proof that physical disabilities do not need to get in the way of achieving life long goals. For Schmidt, the dream of racing in the Indianapolis 500 didn’t just come true once, but three times. Although the races were highlights of his career, his fourth trip back to the Brickyard would prove to be the most memorable. About 15 years ago this former Indy Racing League driver was involved in a racing accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Doctors told Schmidt that he would never see the track from behind the wheel of a car again; he overcame those preconceived limits when he drove multiple laps in the Indianapolis 500 Opening festivities. “How in the world is that possible?” could sum up the thoughts of those looking on as Schmidt rounded the track.
If you or one of your loved ones is a wheelchair user, then you may be well aware of the adjustments that are necessary in order to accommodate this new lifestyle. Modifying a home to be more accessible is one of the first changes that you will under go when adapting to a wheelchair in your home. Designing all the necessary wheelchair accommodations for a new home can be a process, it is important to prioritize your needs to avoid over designing. The permanence and quality of modifications depends on your needs, estimated time spent in the home, available finances, and whether the your residence is being rented or owned. The following ADA specific guidelines can help the modification process go more smoothly.