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No one will pay for wheelchair repair, even with Medicaid... now what?

YANM medical billing professional, but I need help in getting my very expensive, recently-out-of-warranty electric wheelchair fixed. I live in NY, have (crappy) private insurance ( Oxford Liberty) through my mother's job and Medicaid due to a cerebral palsy diagnosis. My chair ( an Invacare model) was provided through my previous insurance and OL isn't accepted by the contractor that provided it. They take Medicaid, but refuse to put in a claim and keep passing the buck. I can't leave my house. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 16, 2014 - 17 answers

I'm PRETTY sure I'm gay. Help me be okay with it.

I've always known I was a little different. I have trouble remembering things from my relatively normal childhood, so it took until high school to connect the few dots I had, but after I did that, I relished in the attraction I felt for certain other men. It was exciting and made me feel as though I was part of a community with a common story. I grew up with conservative parents who I haven't been able to tell but who I suspect have an inkling, given the things they found left open on my teenage computer and my shy, sensitive nature. I was fine with not making it a part of my identity and limited its sphere of influence to my taste in porn and online friendships. I never felt the need for a relationship- with women or men- but I enjoyed the way validation from "manly" men made me feel both emotionally and physically. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jun 26, 2014 - 29 answers

An exercise plan that actually makes me sweat

So, I'm currently on a self-improvement kick that I'm looking to turn into a marathon. You might imagine that having cerebral palsy and being in a wheelchair adds a speedbump or two, and you'd be right. One of the things I've wanted to work on for a while has been my weight, flexibility and physical independence. I'm about 100 lbs overweight right now, and I know that much of the decrease in quality of life that I've experienced over the past few years has been my own doing. I either sit in the wheelchair, or a desk chair, or on a couch/bed. I never move. Ever. I know that needs to change, and I've spent considerable time researching wheelchair fitness, but haven't really found anything that fits my very particular needs. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 26, 2014 - 19 answers

What advice can you give about wheelchair-converted minivans?

I need to acquire a minivan converted with a ramp to accommodate my father in an electric wheelchair. I know I want a side-entry ramp, and I know I want a used Chrysler Town & Country, something after model year 2008. Everything else is negotiable. I am open to buying a van and having it converted, or buying an already-converted van. I am open to doing business with any one of the many companies who do this kind of thing. Do any MeFites have personal experience with this and knowledge/advice to share? Many thanks!
posted by mccxxiii on Mar 10, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I treat my stuff that gets torn up by rock salt

I gotta wheelchair. Inflatable tires. The rock salt put down for snow in Philly busts my tubes, which is an inconvenience at best, a possible safety hazard (if I get stranded in the Polar Vortex) at most. How can I pre-treat the exposed rubber around the valve so I don't get flats? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jan 22, 2014 - 23 answers

Accessible wildlife tour/cruise/trip?

Granddad loves wildlife, and has taken multiple Lindblad/National Geographic tours to Ecuador/Galapagos to see the animals. He would love to go back there, or to somewhere new, but I'm a little worried about his new mobility constraints ( use of wheelchair, walker). Where is the best accessible wildlife viewing in North, Central, South America? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

I don't need an electric wheelchair 'cause fire shoots out my butt

As I wait impatiently for my new bad ass manual chair (like, it is a sweet little thing, all *latest technology* *aerodynamic* *ultralight* yadda yadda), it occurs to me that the question, 'why don't you get an electric chair' is one with which I am having an increasingly hard time shrugging off without wanting to be like because I have super strong arms *BAM* SEE? I'm not on the brink of violence, honest, but would like some help quelling you know, those tendencies toward belligerence. To that end, what are a range of responses that will shock (in not a mean way). [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Dec 18, 2013 - 125 answers

Can you use standard Handlebar Mounts on the Frame of a Wheelchair

I'm looking into easy ways to mount lighting to the frame of my wheelchair. It's easy to purchase items designed to be mounted to the handlebars of a bicycle, but I'm wondering if anyone here has ever used those same mounts to secure something (like a safety light) to the frame of there chair.
posted by OpnSrce on Nov 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Wheelchair Users in Large Cities: What Info Helps You Get Around?

I recently moved to a large city (Seattle) from a smaller city (Omaha Nebraska). I use a manual wheelchair to get around (TiLite) Slowly, I'm learning to navigate the city. I wanted to reach out to other wheelchair users in large cities and get a feel for the kind of information you wish you'd had when you moved there that would have made getting around the city easier. I'm thinking of gathering this kind of information into a single place (website) that can help wheelchair users new to the city get around. For example: 1. How to get around all the damn hills (seattle, san francisco) 2. How the bus system works 3. where and what the hell are hillclimb assists 4. A directory of business and how accessible they are I could go on but you get the idea.
posted by OpnSrce on Nov 6, 2013 - 12 answers

UK Disability Law - venues inaccessible to performers?

What laws apply to music/performance venues in the UK in terms of providing reasonable access to disabled artists? Example: a band with a member in a wheelchair, where the venue may not be equipped to allow a wheelchair user onstage or in the backstage areas.
posted by greenish on Oct 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Advice for a new/soon-to-be paraplegic?

I have been disabled for years, but there is a good chance I will be completely paraplegic soon. I have spinal cord cancer, which was treated with radiation, chemo and the removal of the tumor a few years ago, but it seems to be growing again. I'm going to have another MRI in two months to see if it really is growing or if I have just injured myself somehow, but I think it is more likely that it's growing. The first operation and the tumor itself damaged my spinal cord, but the likely next step will be removing that section of the spinal cord entirely, leaving me completely paralyzed from that point down. This obviously sucks, but it gives me at least two months to prepare for it, which most paraplegics don't have. I'm trying to get my house made accessible as soon as I can, and I've watched videos about how to select a wheelchair and (ugh) bowel programs. I know a place that can fix up my car so I can drive it again. Please tell me anything you can think of that might help make the transition a little smoother. Thanks.
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? on Sep 17, 2013 - 19 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Wheelchair - is it important in JUST SEX relationship?

So, this guy i know for 8 months and i started kinda heavy flirting 2 months ago. We both want casual sexual relationship, i told him bluntly and he is type of guy who does only sex thing.... He thinks i am hot, i think he;s hot blah blah.... he is always asking me to go to his place or somewhere to be alone but i always say 'no' bc....well, our situation is complicated so i am affraid to say yes even tho i want it sooooooooo much... [more inside]
posted by Jasna88 on Jun 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Where can I rent a ramp or a light wheelchair in Chicago for tomorrow?

I am doing a fundraising event tomorrow evening at Reza's Restaurant in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, in a second floor private room. I was just informed that two guests who use motorized wheelchairs are coming. When I called Reza's to double check the capacity of their lift, they said it cannot accommodate the weight of motorized chairs. Legality and ADA-compliance aside, I want to make sure that all of my guests can get to the event. Where can I rent either a ramp (because the restaurant does not have one of their own) or a light, airport-style wheelchair TOMORROW?
posted by deliciae on Jun 17, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I afford mobility equipment?

I am a fat disabled woman in need of an electric wheelchair. How do I afford one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2013 - 13 answers

How to find an accessible apartment in Oakland?

Where can I find listings for wheelchair-accessible apartments in North Oakland? Sites, organizations, amenable landlords, types of buildings that are easy to make accessible...? [more inside]
posted by petery on May 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Tips for plane travel with somebody in a wheelchair

In a couple of weeks I'll be flying with my daughter to Philadelphia (see my previous question). She is in a wheelchair. I've never done this before. What can I do to make both our lives easier? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Apr 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Tune into the wheelchair version of Car Talk, minus the laughter

How do you get a stripped screw outta a rusted thing? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jan 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Worst. Owner. Ever.

How to know if I've messed up my cat's tail [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Nov 23, 2012 - 20 answers

Find vector art for symbols of accessibility

Could someone help me find open access vector art for wheelchair accessibility symbols similar to the one in this photo from a shop in Leipzig? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Things to do in San Francisco this weekend with somebody that can't walk very much?

Things to do in San Francisco this weekend with somebody that can't walk very much? [more inside]
posted by TheTorns on Sep 15, 2012 - 13 answers

Grant to make public high school auditorium handicapped-accessible?

Are there any grants available for public high schools to make their facilities (specifically the auditorium) handicapped and wheelchair-accessible? I've been told that there might be federal funds available for this purpose but I don't know where to start looking. We're in New Jersey, could there be state funds for the same purpose?
posted by exhilaration on Aug 24, 2012 - 6 answers

What countries are the most wheelchair-friendly for travelers?

Have wheelchair, will travel. My husband and I want to see the world! He uses a (manual) wheelchair. What countries are the most wheelchair-friendly? [more inside]
posted by ninjakins on Aug 1, 2012 - 16 answers

I'd like more energy density, please.

What are the best resources (forums, articles, etc.) for assembling lithium ion (specifically LiFePO4) battery systems for small electric vehicles (read: 12V)? My Google searches seem to only turn up shady battery company websites. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Jul 31, 2012 - 5 answers

The ability to perform wheelies does not increase social confidence

How can I boost my confidence in approaching social situations? [more inside]
posted by clavier on May 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Reflection on genuflection

Is it rude to kneel down when speaking to someone in a wheelchair? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 on Apr 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Personal website

Thanks to a lead from a question I posted on this mefi thread, I finally found the contraption I was looking for to help disabled people go hiking. [more inside]
posted by dthm42 on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Therapy by Skype?

Asking for a friend: Therapy options for a wheelchair-bound person in a tiny town in central Texas? (Skype or phone, maybe?) [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Wheelchair van

Need recommendations for a wheelchair van. [more inside]
posted by Floydd on Oct 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for input on wheelchair camera mounting.

Does anybody have any experience with or recommendations for camera tripods/mounts for individuals in wheelchairs? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on Sep 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Any advice for wheelchair access to the Arcade Fire show in Montreal?

Montreal: any experience with handicapped access to events in Place des festivals? I want to bring my daughter to the Arcade Fire show for her 13th birthday. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Aug 14, 2011 - 5 answers

How to make the outdoors more attractive to someone in a wheelchair?

I love the outdoors but want to spend more time with someone in a wheelchair, any ideas for compromise? [more inside]
posted by faheypb on Jul 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Hey, what the fuck, I'm walkin' here

How can I emphatically persuade the drivers in my 'hood to not kill me with their automobiles? Also, help me (rubs hands wickedly) exact my revenge. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jun 1, 2011 - 38 answers

Looking for a book about what it's like to be paralyzed from the waist down in a wheelchair.

I'm looking for a book that will give me a full and complete sense (down to the nitty-gritty) of what it's like to be paralyzed from the waist down and to live life in a wheelchair. I've looked at some very clinical manuals that do explain things, but the wording is very dry. I'm looking for an account that is more personal. I'm hoping some of you could suggest some good ones you have read.
posted by Sully on May 25, 2011 - 15 answers

Wheelchair-accessible hotspots in London?

My friend & housemate has a big birthday weekend planned (London, Thursday – Monday). There's an itinerary, filled with lots of amazing things (spa days, aquarium, shows, etc.), but in the event that some of these places aren't wheelchair accessible, we need some back up events planned. What are some great places to go/see/party in London that are definitely wheelchair accessible, relatively easy to get to, and would be able to host a party of 3-8 people at the last minute with minimal hassle all around? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Professional offroad driving for power-chair user in UK?

I'm looking for a professional offroad driving facility in the UK that caters - well and without fuss - for disabled people and particularly for power-chair users. [more inside]
posted by vogel on Feb 25, 2011 - 6 answers

What kind of wheel chair would work inside a home that is not built to be accessible?

What kind of wheel chair would work inside a home that is not built to be accessible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2011 - 9 answers

I need a wheelchair that works by leg power

Is there a such thing as a manual wheelchair that can be operated by foot? Such as seated-walking or pedalling, for someone who has somewhat working legs but has other reasons for being unable to walk? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle on Jan 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me keep my ride going

Help me to not pluck my eyes out in my effort to find suitable Medigap insurance. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Oct 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Accessible, affordable 2BR in Berkeley

Wheelchair accessible, affordable 2BR home or housing in Berkeley? Help me help my friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Gravity is keeping me down.

I need low tech ideas to get my butt in/out of a hot tub. [more inside]
posted by thorny on Jul 20, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I know which wheelchair/rollator to choose?

Is there anywhere that has reviews of wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, and other disability aids? I'm looking into purchasing a combination wheeled walker / transport wheelchair for myself, but I'm really overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle on May 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Locked in an Open Room

How can a wheelchair-bound lady get through doors with heavy springs? [more inside]
posted by Acari on May 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Making a bathroom accessible ... costs and requirements in the UK

I'm involved in the set-up of a public access space (in Manchester, England). While we have two ground-floor bathrooms, neither is wheelchair-accessible. Having spent no time in a wheelchair, nor time in a bathroom with a person in a wheelchair, I'd like to know a few things about making one of the bathrooms accessible... [more inside]
posted by davemee on Sep 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Who in San Francisco will pick up my wheelchair donation?

Will anyone in San Francisco pick up medical equipment donations? I have a wheelchair, bedside commode, walker, and some other significant hardware that I'd like to donate, but I don't have a car. Does anyone know any org that will pick up?
posted by mrgrimm on Aug 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Wheelchair-friendly dentists in DC area

Wheelchair-friendly dentist in the Washington DC area (Montgomery County MD if possible)? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jul 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Broken legs suck, and so do totalled cars...

My best friend has a broken leg from a car accident and is very depressed. Need activity suggestions and advice on how I can encourage her to comply with her doctor's orders to keep any weight off the leg and keep her immobilizer on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2009 - 16 answers

What happens if a wheelchair operator injures someone else in an accident?

What are the repercussions for someone operating a wheelchair or motorized scooter who repeatedly runs into and/or injures others--accidentally or otherwise? Are the wheelchair-bound required to have insurance? Who pays for damages? Can restrictions be put on their speed or on the areas in which they're allowed to operate their wheelchairs? I'm seeking resources and/or detailed information for a research project and so far haven't had much luck.
posted by curiousindc on Mar 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Can hotels charge more for handicap accessible rooms, and do they have to make these rooms available to handicapped individuals?

Can hotels charge more for handicap accessible rooms, and do they have to make these rooms available to handicapped individuals? [more inside]
posted by sirhensley on Jan 16, 2009 - 18 answers

Wheelchair or crutches?

A distal fibula fracture will prevent me from bearing weight with my right leg for some six weeks. The E.R. sent me home with crutches, but I'm having such trouble with them (detailed within) that I'm thinking of asking for a wheelchair. Would anyone with wheelchair or crutch experience tell me whether these are abnormal and would improve in a wheelchair? Any other solutions? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Aug 3, 2008 - 16 answers

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