Why Custom Wheelchairs Are Sometimes Necessary

Custom wheelchairs can be made to order for anyone with an unusual disability, size or shape, or with other special needs such as a place to store insulin if they are diabetic. While there is enough variety in the mainstream wheelchair market for most people to find the shape, size and performance of wheelchairs they are looking for, there will always be some who will need an adjustment of some kind to really get the most from what they buy. Wheelchair manufacturers are aware of these special needs, and will be able to accommodate them without imposing punitive extra charges.

In a way, the market in custom designed chairs has seen the wheel turn full circle. In the very earliest days of wheelchairs, they were all made to order by craftsmen who were given specific instruction, as there was no possibility of mass production. Each chair was suited to the person who was going to be using it, but the difficulty was that many of the people in society were unable to afford to take advantage of this. It was only when the mass production of wheelchairs became possible that people in the mainstream of society were able to find access to the products they needed.

One factor which you will need to decide on very quickly is whether you want an electrically powered model or a manual one. The electric models will be around twice the price of the manual ones, but will give you far greater flexibility. If you have custom needs, you may not be able to operate the chair with your own arms, and may need to rely on other people to be able to go out and function in the real world. In this case, it is highly likely that a powered chair will be able to solve the problem, as long as a workable system can be found for operating the controls.

Handicap Wheelchair

Another area in which custom wheelchairs can be very helpful is in overall mobility. It is not enough for most people to be able to use the chair to get about their local area. Most disabled people want the option of being able to travel further, now that the rest of society is able to travel in private vehicles or on trains or buses. The technology to make this happen is now fully in place, but it cannot be used by everyone. The main difficulty would come if the disabled person had difficulty in removing their body from the chair so that it could be folded and stored.

It might be useful to have the chair built in such a way as to be normally flat and balanced, but to be built so that it can be tilted and made to open in a certain way. This could make it much easier for the disabled person to get out of the chair without the assistance of other people. This would give them a high degree of mobility, as they could even be able to put the chair into their own disabled specified vehicle and have complete control over their own movement.

Even though custom wheelchairs cannot be bought from a standard retail store by simply walking in and buying one, it is still possible to get hold of them from this source. Most wheelchair retailers will have an ongoing relationship with the manufacturers, and will be able to send them a message asking if they can provide a certain modification for one specific customer. If this is not possible in your area due to the lack of a suitable retailer, it is a good idea to contact the manufacturer directly. They are well aware of the need for custom wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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Lawsuit prompts Janesville to improve handicap accessibility - Gazettextra

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Lawsuit prompts Janesville to improve handicap accessibility
Gazettextra
The Janesville City Council voted Oct. 27 to pay $16,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by Amy Bleile, a Whitewater resident with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair. The lawsuit filed in February in U.S. District Court in Madison alleged parking lots in .

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Army vet who uses wheelchair ranks Charlotte's level of accessibility - FOX 46 Charlotte

Army vet who uses wheelchair ranks Charlotte's level of accessibility
FOX 46 Charlotte
Right now, Congress is looking at changing a key part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some say the proposed bill would burden those who use a wheelchair and make it easier for businesses to put off wheelchair accessibility. FOX 46 asked Don to .

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Elkhart woman builds handicap-accessible dream house - South Bend Tribune

South Bend Tribune

Elkhart woman builds handicap-accessible dream house
South Bend Tribune
In the past several years, she planned and dreamed a house that would make it easier for her and her walker, and perhaps someday her and her wheelchair. The goal was simple: EURśMaking a fully accessible house that I could live in the rest of my days if .

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How to stop disabled parking theft: It might take a vigilante - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

How to stop disabled parking theft: It might take a vigilante
Los Angeles Times
To the editor: As a frequent driver for a disabled person here in Australia, the concerns about parking spaces and their abuse is too familiar to me. (EURśIt takes a special arrogance to steal a parking place from a disabled person. And this cop is out to .

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When one's disability is not a handicap EUR• Richard Kuppusamy - Malay Mail Online

When one's disability is not a handicap EUR• Richard Kuppusamy
Malay Mail Online
NOVEMBER 13 EUR• I am a wheelchair-user who lived abroad for many years. When I first thought about coming back to Singapore to work in 2012, I was most worried about how my future as an architect would be affected by accessibility. Getting a job might .

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Woman With Cancer Shamed for Parking in Handicap Space - Mommyish (blog)

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Woman With Cancer Shamed for Parking in Handicap Space
Mommyish (blog)
A woman in treatment for brain cancer found her car covered in fliers calling her selfish and lazy for parking in a handicap space.

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Thieves steal wheels from family's wheelchair-accessible van | Fox . - Fox News

Thieves steal wheels from family's wheelchair-accessible van | Fox .
Fox News
A Massachusetts family was stunned when they discovered all four tires had been stolen from their wheelchair accessible van, Boston 25 News reported.
'Heartless': Thieves steal Lawrence family's handicap van wheels .My Fox Boston

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