Wheelchairs - Enhancing The Lives Of The Disabled

Wheelchairs are an essential part of the lives of many people with restricted mobility, and they allow these people to get out and about and function in society in a way which would just not be possible otherwise. The development of technology and the use of electric power now mean that mobility issues can be handled far more easily than at any time in the past, and that people can make long and extensive journeys without excessive tiredness. Society has aided this progression by building wheelchair friendly features into buildings and public transport vehicles.

The history of the wheelchair is an extremely long one, as it has always been possible to create a type of cart into which a disabled body can be carried, and wheels have always been used to move these carts ever since they were first developed before recorded history. The nature of the cart or chair has obviously changed greatly, and seat design has been revolutionized It is now possible to sit for long periods of time in mobility chairs without feeling any degree of discomfort. The latest developments are taking this to a whole new level again, as there are now chairs which are resistant to microbes.

Chairs which rest on wheels or pulleys can be put to many uses, although it is obviously the help they can give to the disabled which is the most significant. They can make the carrying of heavy items much easier, and also reduce the risk of damage. They can also be used by people who are not disabled to save excessive wear and tear or energy depletion. In concept at least, there is not much difference between the powered transports used on golf courses and the chairs which are used for the disabled. Many senior golfers are able to play a much better game because their energy is preserved for the actual striking of the golf ball.

Handicap Wheelchair

The use of wheelchairs for the disabled is virtually a necessity, and has been for a long time. In most cases, the patient either has to move the chair by the use of their hands on the wheel, or by having someone else do the pushing. This is certainly better than being unable to move, but a new dimension is offered by the introduction of electrically powered chairs. These give the user a greatly increased range of movement, they remove the need for potentially painful hand friction on the wheels, and the remove the need for another person to give up their time to push the chair.

The chairs themselves are only part of the story when it comes to be able to gain mobility. The buildings in which people live and work also need to be adapted to take the chairs and to be compatible with them. There has been much progress made in this regard in recent years, with special wide doors and ramps being provided to allow easy disabled access to many buildings. Theaters now typically have an area in which wheelchair bound users can sit and watch the performance, and even transport facilities are being improved.

Design factors also add to the ease with which disabled people can move. Not only is it now possible to power chairs with electric motors, it is also possible to fold them so that they can be transported to other places. This gives disabled people the chance to go on coach trips and even to travel by air, knowing that they can freely move about once they have arrived at their destination. Chairs can also be folded and placed in the back of a private motor vehicle so that families can travel together.

The price of chairs has been coming down consistently as technology improves, although they still represent a significant expense for people who receive no assistance. Electrically powered chairs are inevitably more expensive, but at typically double the price of their mechanical equivalents they represent exceptional value for money. The supply of chairs is now a highly competitive market, so make sure you are getting the best deal before you buy. If you are finding the prices excessive, there is always the possibility of buying a used chair from someone who is upgrading to a new model.

The market in wheelchairs is now firmly established, and used models are even available on the Internet auction sites, both from private sellers and commercial dealers. There is obviously some risk involved in buying remotely, as you will never be able to see or test the goods before you part with your money. The best retailers will be prepared to offer you extensive guarantees, and you can further protect yourself by using a credit card, or by using online payment processors with protection clauses. There are many long established providers of both new and used wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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When Accessibility Becomes a Question of EURWhy Bother?EUR - Multiple Sclerosis News Today (blog)

Multiple Sclerosis News Today (blog)

When Accessibility Becomes a Question of EURWhy Bother?EUR
Multiple Sclerosis News Today (blog)
The clearing to the entrance was very bumpy. I felt like I was four- wheeling in my wheelchair. I was surprised because I had seen so many handicap parking spaces, yet they had no paved trails for accessibility to the main attraction. My husband .

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60 Minutes Goes Prime Time with ADA Drive By Lawsuits - The National Law Review

60 Minutes Goes Prime Time with ADA Drive By Lawsuits
The National Law Review
Red flags are readily visible accessibility issues such as un-ramped entrance steps (or no other visible means to enter the business with a wheelchair), poorly maintained routes from handicap parking spaces to the store's entrance or handicap parking .

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MTSU-based wheelchair rugby program rolling toward bright future - Wgnsradio

MTSU-based wheelchair rugby program rolling toward bright future
Wgnsradio
The campus itself is very open-minded and handicap friendly," said Christian, a quadriplegic since being injured in a car wreck as a teenager. "We wouldn't even have it if the school wasn't as accessible or accommodating as they are." Wheelchair rugby .

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Osceola County Woman Raising Money For Wheelchair - 9&10 News

9&10 News

Osceola County Woman Raising Money For Wheelchair
9&10 News
With an ultimate goal of finishing a project three years in the making, an 8 acre food forest, with handicap accessible trails. In the end it's Susan's struggles to live a normal life that have made her extraordinary. "Thank you. From the bottom of my .

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Wheelchair patrons sue Denver, Red Rocks, claiming discrimination - The Denver Post

The Denver Post

Wheelchair patrons sue Denver, Red Rocks, claiming discrimination
The Denver Post
A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court claiming the city of Denver, as owner of Red Rocks Amphitheater, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against patrons who use wheelchairs. The lawsuit, filed in U.S .

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Simulation reveals strengths, weaknesses of handicap accessibility on campus - Etownian

Simulation reveals strengths, weaknesses of handicap accessibility on campus
Etownian
I wondered, EURWill people stare? Will they laugh?EUR My list contained three items: speech impairment, hearing impairment and wheelchair-bound. I stuck wax in my ears to deafen the words of my peers. After cramming five pieces of Dubble Bubble into my .

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City trying to keep apace with ADA compliance requirements - News . - Wicked Local Berkley

Wicked Local Berkley

City trying to keep apace with ADA compliance requirements - News .
Wicked Local Berkley
TAUNTON EUR Bill Egan is getting ready to sell more bricks. The chair of the city's Global War On Terrorism (GWOT) committee said he'll be speaking soon with .

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Rose Hill to Be Completely Wheelchair Accessible by 2018: Valera - Fordham Ram (registration)

Fordham Ram (registration)

Rose Hill to Be Completely Wheelchair Accessible by 2018: Valera
Fordham Ram (registration)
With no elevator or ramp, it is nearly impossible for a respective student with a handicap to enter or even travel within Collins Hall. USG members had originally brought attention to Collins accessibility problems in early 2013. In early 2015, former .

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City slashes number of taxicabs - Santa Monica Daily Press

City slashes number of taxicabs
Santa Monica Daily Press
EURIf you have a 85-year-old man who is in a wheelchair and needs to go to the market, he's going to call a cab.EUR To help . Cab companies are required stick to set pricing, provide handicap-accessible cars, drug test drives and perform background checks.

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