“A lot of people think of the wheelchair as a medical instrument,” says Aaron Fatheringham a young man born with spina bifida who ‘tricked out’ his chair to accommodate his passion for extreme sports “I think that’s wrong. You know, why not think of it as something fun?”.
Our ability to get where we need to go is an essential part of life . Getting there WITH our STUFF is critical to this! I mean who doesn’t need to at least carry their wallet, sunglasses, keys, phone and book while out and about? Occupational and physiotherapists tell me that the NUMBER ONE reason why people refuse a motorized wheelchair and instead choose a scooter – even if their healthcare provider is recommending the wheelchair – is because “THERE IS A BASKET ON THE FRONT”! Are you telling me we can’t figure this out?
Check out the suitcase scooter in action – fun, fashion and function at its best!
Wei Yen hand stitched her wheelchair cover and added many other accessories that make her mobility device more functional AND fun. Check out her foot pedal horn!
A GREAT laugh and a fantastic way to point out some the challenges our seniors face everyday!
Check this out on YouTube!
“I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad.”
Guillaume Blanchet lives on his bike for a year and dedicates this video and his love of cycling to his 64 year old father who has been riding his bike over 120,000km!
The good news? We’re getting better about recognizing, supporting and celebrating paralympic athletes!
The bad news? We have a LONG way to go for equal coverage. Case in point – Canadian newspapers printed 332 front page stories on the London Olympics and just 22 (!) on the Paralympics. Come on Canada – we’re better than that! To see other stats on our poor showing check out the post from Senator Mobina Jaffer.