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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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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How a young woman forced to used a wheel chair, treated for several illnesses ended up in prison for her mother's . - ABC News

How a young woman forced to used a wheel chair, treated for several illnesses ended up in prison for her mother's .
ABC News
Gypsy Rose Blanchard grew up not knowing much about the world outside of doctors' offices, hospital rooms and the pink house in Missouri where she lived with her mom, Clauddinnea EURœDee DeeEUR Blanchard. By the time she was 8 years old, Gypsy Blanchard was .

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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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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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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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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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City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible - Santa Monica Daily Press

City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible
Santa Monica Daily Press
A grandfather's desire to share a ride on the carousel with his grandson prompted the lawsuit behind a $108,000 settlement with the city and changes coming to The Pier. On Tuesday, the City Council voted to settle with resident Barry Atwood and make .

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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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