How Travel Wheelchairs Have Evolved Over Time

Travel wheelchairs have effectively removed the barriers on disabled people being able to travel around in exactly the same way as a fully able bodied person. It has taken a long time for science to produce light alloys which still have enough strength to sustain the weight of a human body, as well as electrical power batteries which give nearly unlimited range to a powered chair. Now, there are no reasons why physically handicapped people cannot travel anywhere in the world they choose, as long as they have the right equipment.

The design, structure and weight of wheelchairs has changed greatly over the many years they have been used by disabled people. The early chairs were fixed and not ideally portable, and there certainly no electric motors to power them. In the days when there were few opportunities to travel other than by sea, it didn't matter than chairs could not be folded. A passenger on an ocean liner would simply sit in the chair as they would do anywhere else on land, and they would be able to leave the ship while still sitting in the chair. This is a long way removed from what is possible with modern technology.

Now, wheelchairs used for traveling can benefit from the lighter frames which are now commonplace, as well as the electric powering technology which has greatly extended the range. As electrical power technology has improved, so has the portability of the chairs which are so powered. When the chairs were first being developed, heavy nickel cadmium batteries could only carry a relatively limited charge, and there was a constant need for recharging. Even if it had been possible to fold the chairs and take them on a trip, the weight would have made it extremely difficult.

Handicap Wheelchair

The main function of portability in travel wheelchairs comes from the ability of the chair to fold down to a small size. The light materials which are used in the construction, allied to the exceptional design which allows for easy folding, make the job of getting from one place to another far easier than it has ever been before. You can take a modern wheelchair onto an airplane, or store it in a car when you go on an excursion somewhere, and then quickly erect the chair and use it when you get there. Modern batteries are so light they can be stored alongside the chair with scarcely any more room taken or weight added.

If you are a frequent traveler, you need to give careful consideration to the type of wheelchair you need to make your experiences as comfortable as possible. You can buy a manual chair if you don't intend to move about that much once you reach your destination, but an electrically powered model will give you more freedom. You will need a chair with a light frame in any case, and it needs to be strong and hard wearing enough to withstand repeated opening and closing of the folding mechanism.

High quality travel wheelchairs can be found in retail stores throughout the country, and if you live in a major city you may well have access to several possible outlets. The latest models take full advantage of the high battery capacities which are being achieved, as well as the ultra light metal structures. It is still possible to get hold of an excellent chair without the need to spend this amount of money, as there are used models for sale which will only just have been replaced by people looking to regularly upgrade. You can also browse the Internet auction sites for travel wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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

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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Families in need of wheelchair-accessible vans seeking relief - WLWT Cincinnati

WLWT Cincinnati

Families in need of wheelchair-accessible vans seeking relief
WLWT Cincinnati
Now, their family has trouble getting to the hospital for appointments after their handicap-accessible van broke a few years ago. "We've been lifting Evan into a car seat, a specialized car seat, so it's very hard to do. He can't bend very well, he's .

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Lawsuit prompts Janesville to improve handicap accessibility - Gazettextra

Gazettextra

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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READERS' MAILBAG -- Frustrated by handicap accessibility - Lakenewsonline.com

Lakenewsonline.com

READERS' MAILBAG -- Frustrated by handicap accessibility
Lakenewsonline.com
I ask those of you with businesses to have your doors conveniently located not for the person who is healthy enough to walk the distance. Are your doors easily opened by someone using a walker or wheelchair or does it take two people - one to hold the .

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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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