Tagged: accessibility

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Why a Wheelchair?

Aidan’s wheelchair is on it’s way from wherever wheelchairs are born, I guess a wheelchair stork. We’re very excited. It was at first denied by insurance but with a little encouragement (not the mob kind, I promise) they began to see things our way. The only tricky part is that everything in their denial is slightly true, or truthy, or based on truth….whatever. They don’t want him to have the power chair because it’s not...

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In His Shoes

So I took Aidan’s power chair out for a test drive by myself. He was at school with a different chair and I wanted to see what life would be like from his perspective. I went to two big box stores, made purchases at both, and spoke to people at both. I recognize that this is a very limited social experiment but here’s what I learned. Let’s start with this – I’m waaaay too UNskilled...

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Don’t Try This at Home

This is Aidan traveling at Mach speed in his wheelchair. It’s much like an amusement park ride that leaves your face smashed and your stomach on the ground. I hate it. Aidan, as you can tell, loves it. Just don’t think too hard about the videos we’re not showing you. Aidan very carefully maneuvered around cars in the driveway. We were even able to go on a family walking path in the woods. Aidan made...

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Decision Wheelchair

We’ve finally made a decision about Aidan’s wheelchair. Aidan tested both a manual and power chair and we gathered lots of info. We listed pros and cons and got all sorts of advice. Then, together at the end of the day, Garreth and I had a heart to heart. These conversations aren’t always easy. There’s the logical side and the emotional side. Garreth put it right out there that he didn’t like to picture his...

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One Huge Step

I was out shopping in the historic town of Portsmouth, NH recently when I saw a most bizarre sign. It was simply a handicapped accessible sign, but it was in front of a jewelry store that had one huge step out front. I wasn’t with Aidan and I hadn’t intended to go into the store but I just couldn’t walk away. Truth be told, I was a bit defensive and ready to educated them about...