Friday, December 21, 2012

TSA Detains 12 Year Old Wheelchair User

I get the need for airport security, I really do. I am pleased that they are screening the bad guys and keeping them off the airplanes. But frankly, this is no excuse for abusing a 12 year old wheelchair user for nearly an hour: What is particularly annoying is that this sick little girl was isolated from her mother and left in a fairly stressful situation. This is not the way to handle cases like this and I do hope that TSA can work to improve its terrible public image.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nursing Home Abuse

How is the nursing home treating your mother or father? Watch what these children learned after installing a so-called "Nanny Cam" to monitor their care of their loved one. This may be hard to watch:

Bottom line: Do NOT trust every nursing home to have the best interest of your loved one at heart. If you see bruises or scratches or notice things missing from their room, be suspicious.

Senate Kills Disabilities Treaty

Even though a bipartisan group lobbied for the passage of a UN Disability Treaty, the US Senate failed to pass it. The treaty required a 2/3 majority to pass, but got only 61 votes, five short of the votes needed for passage. Proponents said that which has been signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126 countries, say that the treaty would help to bring the rest of the world up to US levels of support for people with disabilities. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole visited in his wheelchair to encourage republican support. But even he could not muster the support necessary. All 38 votes against ratifying the treaty were cast by republicans as can be seen in the official vote count from the US senate website. Only 8 republican senators, including John McCain, voted in favor of ratifying the treaty.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gift Ideas For An Active Wheelchair User

Are you gift shopping for an active wheelchair user? Someone who is in a wheelchair, but otherwise healthy, active and on the go? Would you like to find a gift which would enhance their active lifestyle? Here are a few gift ideas: * Wheelchair Gloves are an excellent gift idea for a wheelchair user who leads an active lifestyle. Wheelchair gloves not only improve grip on the pushrim, they help to protect the hands from damage and possible injury. * Wheelchair Umbrella: What does a wheelchair user do when it rains? They get wet, usually. While able bodied people carry an umbrella, active wheelchair users must use their hands to push the wheelchair. So, what is the alternative? The Brella Buddy Hands Free Umbrella Holder allows the wheelchair user to wear the umbrella on their body. The Square A Sol Umbrella works nicely with the Brella Buddy, because it is collapsible, easily stowed in the Brella Buddy and has an extra-long stem. * If your wheelchair user is out and about all day and all night, consider a gift of visibility. wUnderGlow Wheelchair Light and Wheels On Fire Wheelchair Reflectors help to make the wheelchair more visible at night. Still looking for gifts for your wheelchair user? Consider these wheelchair gift ideas.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas For A Young Wheelchair User

Are you shopping for a Christmas Gift Idea for a child who uses a wheelchair? Here are a few ideas which may help. Wheelchair Arm Rest Pets are a combination of armrest covers and plush toys (stuffed animals). These pets attach to any wheelchair armrests 12 inches (30.5cm) or less. They are available as rabbits, hippos, frogs, ducks and all kinds of other creatures, making the wheelchair a warmer, more friendly place to be. Turn any wheelchair into a petting zoo with Wheelchair Armrest Pets. Another cool gift for a child who uses a wheelchair is wUnderGlow, the fun wheelchair light makes the wheelchair user more visible at night, for improved night time safety. Or it can adds a bit of fun by giving a cool "underglow effect" to the wheelchair as seen in the video below:
In addition, there are a variety of wheelchair toys on the market, such as Doll named Beckie, who is essentially a Barbie Doll in a wheelchair. If none of those ideas work for you, check out these gift ideas for wheelchair users.