We are flying for the first time with my daughter's power wheelchair, and could use some advice to make sure the chair gets to our destination, and home again, in one piece, while making life easy for baggage handlers. [more inside]
Mrs. pjern, for reasons of disability (she had polio as a child and is finding it very difficult to move around), wants to purchase a handicap/power wheelchair accessible vehicle. We know nothing about the process, and searching on line brings much in the was of spamvertising, but precious little real information. [more inside]
I'd like to get my wife a set of wheel lights for her manual wheelchair. The requirements being a bit different from typical bicycle applications, I seek insight and suggestions. [more inside]
Is there a generally accepted standard for how wheelchair-accessible a space has to be to "count"? I'm adding accessibility information to the website for a series of monthly events in a number of different spaces. Many of these are kinda-sorta accessible but with serious caveats: "There's a ramp next to the side door, but the organizer needs to remember to unlock the side door and they sometimes forget and there's no doorbell" or "The event itself is on the accessible ground floor but bathrooms and the meal afterwards are in the inaccessible basement" or whatever. (There's a lot of venues, so I'd really like general advice and not just judgments on these two specific examples.)
I can walk, and I've used a manual wheelchair for years to travel longer distances, but now find it's most convenient for my knees to stay in my chair almost all day at my new job. I love almost everything about this strategy, except one: I am a confirmed pants-wearer, and I find the fabric wrinkles and presses into my thighs so that by the end of the day, my skin is itchy and irritated. [more inside]
So I have nerve damage in my feet and while I'm able to walk, I have a limit on the total amount of time I can spend on my feet before it becomes excruciating. I'm really tired of taking a wheelchair through airport security, and it's not an option in train stations. I'm looking for recommendations for some kind of device (or possible suitcase) that I could use to get me off my feet. [more inside]
I'm injured but I need to take several international flights this summer, and I'm wondering how I can request special support at the airport to get from gate to gate. Bonus points: some of this travel will be in Russia, so information about how things work there would be much appreciated. [more inside]
My wife, mother-in-law, and I will be flying to Corvallis in June to attend my daughter's graduation from Oregon State. We now have need to use a wheelchair for my MiL while there. We're willing to rent, borrow, whatever. What are my options? [more inside]
My wife, a friend, and I are traveling to New York in a couple of weeks. A few days ago my wife broke her ankle, and she'll be in a lower-leg cast and on crutches during the trip. Her orthopedist has approved the travel. We're looking for advice from people familiar with the places and activities we had planned, particularly people who have experience doing so with limited mobility. Details below. [more inside]
I'm going to be cooking and freezing large quantities of meals for two family members (same household) who are undergoing medical difficulties. Suggestions needed! [more inside]
My friends son is sick and REALLY wants to go trick or treating. Help me help them find a wheelchair! [more inside]
Unfortunately my grandmother (85) suffered a stroke which left her left arm and leg paralyzed and required that she be in a nursing home. Although she initially could still walk, she now spends most of her day in bed. I would like to try to get her to sit in a wheelchair. The nursing home, however, is against this for reasons I'm not sure make sense. What can I do? [more inside]
What are the adaptations in your house that you've made to make your life a little easier (e.g., walk-in shower, service dog)? Is the limited mobility something you think about every day, or does it just become a part of your life after a while? [more inside]
I need to rent a wheel-chair accessible apartment for 3 people starting Saturday, somewhere near to or very accessible to the Kings College Hospital in Denmark Hill, Camberwell, London. I am in the US and know about airbnb and homeaway, but are there other sites that are either UK specific or focused on serving people making hospital visits? Given I need to make a speedy booking, looking to widen my search options as much as possible.
Have you done this? The scooter in question disassembles into 4 parts. Delta is willing to let us gate-check it but is this a good idea? [more inside]
I have a date coming up with a man who uses a wheelchair. He is super funny and smart and super hot. I have never dated someone who uses a wheelchair. In fact, I've never even known someone who uses a wheelchair. Help me not screw it up! [more inside]
My fiancé just got his appendix removed and now we're flying to his sister's wedding. (It's been an exciting week.) We leave tomorrow from JFK on Jet Blue and I'm look for advice on navigating the airport with a wheelchair. Will they just have one at the curb? Will I be able to push him or will they insist on having an employee? Any good tricks? Things I might not have though of? Thanks!
Sadly, my wife now needs a wheelchair. We are wondering what type of vehicle to get with our very limited budget. A custom-built van is impossible for us financially, so we are thinking for now we'll get a car or SUV that can have a trailer-hitch mounted storage rack for a wheelchar (like this). What makes and models would be best for this? Is there another option? More details below. [more inside]
I'm a manual wheelchair user. It's getting more common that I have rotator cuff pain (or what I imagine is from my rotator cuff) and elbow joint pain after long bouts of wheeling. The pain is not life-altering and goes away after a day or so. It doesn't bother me but for the fact that I realize that this is a sign of things to come. Can you help me decide whether to pursue therapy/doctor intervention? [more inside]
My partner was recently injured in a traumatic accident that, miraculously, resulted only in orthopedic injuries that have him on bed rest for at least 8 weeks. The upside? I have the whole summer off the care for him. The downside? I have the whole summer off and we both might go crazy. [more inside]
My boyfriend has ankle pain that prevents him from doing much walking. This has trapped him in our apartment for nearly a year now. We want to buy a wheelchair so he can go do things again, but don't know how to pick one. [more inside]
Can you recommend a wheelchair accessible hotel near Los Angeles with in room jacuzzi? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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?
I am a fat disabled woman in need of an electric wheelchair. How do I afford one? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do you get a stripped screw outta a rusted thing? [more inside]
How to know if I've messed up my cat's tail [more inside]
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]
Things to do in San Francisco this weekend with somebody that can't walk very much? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
How can I boost my confidence in approaching social situations? [more inside]
Is it rude to kneel down when speaking to someone in a wheelchair? [more inside]
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]
Asking for a friend: Therapy options for a wheelchair-bound person in a tiny town in central Texas? (Skype or phone, maybe?) [more inside]
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