How Folding Wheelchairs Allow You To Go Further

Folding wheelchairs have given the disabled person a completely new opportunity to get outside and see the world, because these folded chairs can literally be taken anywhere. When you add this new opportunity to travel by air or in a private car to the improvements which have been made in disabled access to rail and bus travel, you can see that there is more opportunity to travel than their has ever been before. The introduction of light by strong alloy materials has made this extra portability possible.

It has always been possible to create a chair which could be folded, ever since metal was first used in the manufacture of wheelchairs. However, it was not possible for the folded chairs to be fully portable as the resulting structure was too bulky and heavy. Chairs could be carried on sea vessels, but there were still limits on the mobility of disabled travelers in virtually every situation. As greater percentages of the population began to acquire their own motor vehicles, it became more important than ever to find a way to contract wheelchairs so that they could be easily carried. The possibility only occurred when lighter metals greatly reduced the weight.

The introduction of electrically powered chairs was another huge step forward in portability. Although the early models were heavy and bulky, and certainly could not be folded for storage, they did point the way forward to where we are now. The batteries had an extremely limited capacity, but it was inevitable that this would change. Now, there are lithium ion batteries which provide far more power for a lot less weight. The best designs of battery even allow them to be stacked, to allow for a virtually unlimited amount of power to be on demand during a single journey.

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As electrical power technology has continued to develop, folding wheelchairs have also benefited from the use of lighter alloy metals. The joints have also been improved by better design, making it much easier to collapse the chair and then put it together again when it has been removed from storage or from the transportation vehicle. The combination of better batteries and lighter metal effectively mean that a wheelchair user can effectively travel anywhere without the need for their own physical exertion. Improvements in rail and bus travel, and in the way buildings are set up to receive disabled visitors all add to the extra mobility.

If you would like to experience the extra mobility of a folding chair, there are many ways to achieve this. You could simply buy one of the new models which feature this ability, preferably with electrical power to extend the range which can be covered. This would give you the ultimate in functionality and comfort, but you would have to pay a premium price for it. If you wanted to pay around half of this price, you could save money by not having electrical power. Now that batteries have become lighter, you will not really save on weight or bulk when carrying.

You can also buy used folding wheelchairs, either from a retail store or through the Internet. It is not uncommon for retailers to offer a trade in service, and this means that there will always be a display of used models from which to choose. Even some very recent models of electrically powered chairs can be found in these stores, as people upgrade to even more recent models. If you are looking for a manual chair at a cheap price, you will find many on the Internet auction sites, which typically offer the lowest price of all on folding wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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Cubs fan who uses wheelchair sues, says Wrigley Field violates disabilities act - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Cubs fan who uses wheelchair sues, says Wrigley Field violates disabilities act
Chicago Tribune
A 20-year-old Cubs fan who uses a wheelchair is alleging in a lawsuit that Wrigley Field renovations have eliminated or excluded some handicapped-accessible seating at the stadium in violation of federal law. David F. Cerda, who has muscular dystrophy .

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Fundraiser aims to put wheelchair bound Wareham brothers in driver's seat - Wareham Week

Wareham Week

Fundraiser aims to put wheelchair bound Wareham brothers in driver's seat
Wareham Week
As kids, CJ and Sidney Singletary wouldn't let muscular dystrophy slow them down. The brothers played sports EUR baseball, basketball and soccer EUR until the progressive, muscle-weakening disease confined them both to wheelchairs about six years ago .

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Give Wheelchair Vans Some Space, Damnit - The Drive

The Drive

Give Wheelchair Vans Some Space, Damnit
The Drive
In a past life career, I used to inspect subcontractors' wheelchair vans for a local transit authority to ensure compliance with state rules and regulations. Though I'm fortunate to have never been confined to a wheelchair myself, I learned a great .

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Woman's Facebook Post About Handicapped Parking Is Going Viral - Simplemost

Simplemost

Woman's Facebook Post About Handicapped Parking Is Going Viral
Simplemost
What people don't realize, is that those lines are for a ramp and/or for wheelchair users to transfer. Because of the way this person parked, I cannot get back into my car independently and it keeps me from wanting to branch out and drive on my own .

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Thieves steal Milwaukee family's wheelchair-accessible van for their kids on Christmas - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thieves steal Milwaukee family's wheelchair-accessible van for their kids on Christmas
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Milwaukee family's handicap-accessible van containing two wheelchairs was stolen on Christmas morning and found burned days later. Imelda Figueroa said her husband and father were loading the wheelchairs into the van, which was running, and had just .

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Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
The new SLO Airport terminal opened without a functioning elevator. I made inquiries regarding access for mobility-limited travelers. The responses distilled to EURœit's not our faultEUR and EURœwe meet the standards.EUR Several ideas were presented that would .

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'Paralyzed bride' has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces - News & Observer

News & Observer

'Paralyzed bride' has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces
News & Observer
Rachelle Friedman Chapman EUR known by many as EURœthe paralyzed brideEUR EUR is calling attention to the way people park in and around handicap-accessible spaces. Chapman, who lives in Knightdale, shared a recent experience in a Facebook post Wednesday showing .

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Donations needed for rehab work - The Robesonian

The Robesonian

Donations needed for rehab work
The Robesonian
Cummings has fallen twice trying to negotiate the hallway while using a crutch.. Cummings has purchased a home on Arlean Drive in Lumberton, Lewis said. Members of the nine-man strong Zion Hill Group have been to the home to determine what needs to be .

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