Manual Wheelchairs Can Still Get The Job Done

Manual wheelchairs have been the standard for centuries before the electrically powered models came on to the market, and despite the popularity of the latter they still have a significant role to play. Not every disabled person needs the range which electric power can give them, and many will not find the extra expense to be worth paying. Of course, there are many disabled people who simply will not be able to pay for a powered chair, and the easy availability of manual chairs means there is still a workable solution.

Manual wheel chairs go back a long way, right to the times before history was recorded. There has always been a need for disabled people to take advantage of any technology which could help them overcome some aspect of their disability, no matter how primitive that technology may be. When the industrial age brought the ability to mass produce metal parts, it was possible to produce chairs and chair parts in far greater quantities, reducing the prices dramatically from the levels they had been at before. Developments in electrically powered chair technology have continued to push the price of manual chairs down, especially in the used market.

The development of electrically powered chairs has been something of a double edged sword for those wanting to buy a manual chair. On the one hand, it is irritating for people who would like to have electric power but who can't afford it to see other people with the same disabilities being able to manage much better than they can. However, the fact that electrically powered chairs are proving so popular means that more manual chairs are coming on to the market in used but relatively new condition. This is pushing the price of used chairs down, and means that you can get a higher standard of chair for the same money.

Handicap Wheelchair

Even though manual wheelchairs are never going to give you the same degree of portability as an electrically powered chair, they can still give you enough mobility to get around. Modern manual chairs are lighter and easier to operate than the heavy chairs which were made before the introduction of light alloys. Even using manual power, it is possible to travel throughout a localized area with no discomfort. Many buses have now been adjusted to take wheelchairs by having a specified area of the bus dedicated to wheelchair users, and the entry to the bus is often at floor level.

Trains cannot have easy access floor level entry points as many buses do, but the train operators in many areas have access to a disability ramp which they can use to allow wheelchair users to get on and off a train with ease. This effectively brings the whole country and beyond within reach of the wheelchair user, and the fact that many of the light alloy chairs can be folded means that there are even more travel possibilities. You can fold a chair to take it in a car or on to an airplane, and have an even more expanded reach.

The market in manual wheelchairs is now long established and highly developed, whether you are looking for a new or used model. If you are looking to buy new, you will probably only need to pay around half the price of an equivalent powered chair. You can visit a local store and try out a chair before buying, which increases the likelihood of getting a good fit. If you want to buy a used model, you can still shop locally to try to save on shipping charges, or use the online auction sites which have extensive listings of manual wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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

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A Massachusetts family was stunned when they discovered all four tires had been stolen from their wheelchair accessible van, Boston 25 News reported.
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Lawsuit prompts Janesville to improve handicap accessibility - Gazettextra

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Lawsuit prompts Janesville to improve handicap accessibility
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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

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Army vet who uses wheelchair ranks Charlotte's level of accessibility
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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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Thieves steal wheels from family's handicap van for disabled son - New York Post

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Thieves steal wheels from family's handicap van for disabled son
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A Massachusetts family was stunned when they discovered all four tires had been stolen from their wheelchair-accessible van, Boston 25 News reported. Heecliff Delarosa said he was was devastated Sunday morning when he learned thieves had stolen the .

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

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Elkhart woman builds handicap-accessible dream house
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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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