Friday, May 22, 2009

Video: Elderly Man In Wheelchair Fights Off Attackers

Watch this video of an elderly Wheelchair User fighting off his much younger, able bodied attackers. Very cool!!

It is a shame that there are such evil people in the world, but the courage of this man is amazing.

Notice in the bottom of the video that there is a witness observing the incident who apparently did nothing to help. Pathetic.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis!

According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people. Over 1million Americans have spinal cord injuries.

This is the first time I have seen such statistics and I am surprised. The wheelchair community is much bigger than I would have guessed.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wheelchair Hero: Marc from Wheelchair Kamikaze

A very smart man said a very wise thing recently:

If happiness and contentment are the "chips" we try to accumulate, those who triumph understand that what determines their own happiness is not the circumstances life hands them, but how they deal with those circumstances. Happiness is not a choice; it's a million choices, made every day.

Who is the smart man? Marc. The Wheelchair Kamikaze. Marc writes a humorous blog that we follow and I consider him a wheelchair hero. If you do not know Marc's blog, have a look.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wheelchair Safety

This article describes a growing problem and the need for improved wheelchair safety. Everyday in the USA a wheelchair is hit by a car. What can be done to improve the situation? You can give your opinion on the article by voting in a poll or leaving a comment.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wheelchair of the Future?

Is this the wheelchair/car of the future?

The PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) is a collaboration between General Motors and Segway which was announced April 2009.

With a little adaptation this could be COOL Wheelchair Technology. I wonder if something like this might one day replace the IBOT. What do you think?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Power Wheelchair With Underglow

The power wheelchair in the video below has underglow. What do you think about it? Did you know that you can already get underglow for a wheelchair?

Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts

Friday, May 1, 2009

Disablism: What can YOU do about it?

Together with other disability blogs, Wheelchair Pride is joining its voice to blog against Disablism. What is Disablism? Disablism is similar to its "ism" cousins Racism, Sexism, etc. Disablism is ugly, it is discrimination against a person for being disabled. Obviously the worst kind of ism, not only do disabled people have to deal with the challenges of being disabled, disabled people must deal with the perceptions and stereotypes of society. When will this end? What can the disabled community do about it?

The answer of course is Pride. Pride comes in many forms. When society says no, say YES! When a company refuses to have accessible facilities, refuse to buy its products. When congressional leaders vote down a measure, campaign for a leader who will support it. Working together the wheelchair and disabled community can change perceptions.