This article describes how a disabled woman had to crowdfund her wheelchair because: “She was offered a standard NHS-issue wheelchair – but at 20kg (3st 2lb) it would have been too heavy for her and potentially dangerous, given her condition.”
This is not accurate, and it does a disservice to people who are struggling with the NHS and the NHS itself. I know that this information is inaccurate because I am in my third NHS-provided chair, and it weighs 14.2kg. The NHS has been under tremendous pressure to meet targets while their funding has been drastically cut, but an Action3 is still within the accepted category for NHS issue. It’s not a fancy basketball chair, but it’s sturdy and relatively comfortable and it’s a perfect chair for urban and some rural rolling as well. And they are affordable, even for a cash-strapped NHS. Last time I checked the were selling for just over £500.00
I live in East London where not all kerbs are ramped and some of the surfaces can be pretty rugged, and I get around just fine in my NHS chair.
I can understand complaining about some of the hoops we have to jump through as disabled citizens, but it does a disservice to this story to have gotten the facts wrong or to have exaggerated.
Of course I could be wrong, and maybe the NHS has tightened up the criteria as to what qualifies as an acceptable chair since I got my last chair from them
Up to 500 disabled people every week have had to give back the vehicles that help them stay independent because of a new tough benefits rule.
The Government “Motability” scheme allows disabled people to lease mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and cars.
But every week, between 400 and 500 people are forced to hand over their vehicles after a controversial “20-metre rule” was introduced, according to a report by a leading charity.
And yeah, it takes courage.
I am not in total agreement with everything presented in this video (for example, i am a strong proponent of foam tires, no matter where you are), but if you have just recently been put into the world where wheelchair choice is an important thing, then the lovely, lighthearted way in which this issue is presented by Mary Allison Cook in the video is really valuable.
Very interesting article: http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/05/smart-accessibility/
“a new generation of smart home devices coming to market that pack an array of sensors, from motion or proximity detection, to something that measures air quality, the possibilities of home automation are going to become almost limitless. And it’s not hard to see how that future could further improve accessibility and the lives of people with disabilities…”
Could be a good product for more peace of mind when travelling with your wheelchair: Airshells
There is an article about it here.
“Airshells specializes in the safe handling of fragile baggage such as wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers. Airshells was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2005 by Kim Christensen, himself a former airport luggage handler. Located at some 75 European and 250 American airports, Airshells products are easily rented online at www.airshells.us. Follow Airshells on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Airshells”
Please let us know if have of you have had experience of using this product.
I have not tried this product and I have no affiliation with the company, but this looks like it might be pretty slick.
Watch the video.