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Many people wouldn’t necessarily think of weeks on a wheelchair as something they would need to consider, Those who do not use chairs may only think of wheelchair brakes as one type of break.Well, let me tell you there are many many different types for all different kinds of situations. The video Will go over a few of the most common types. Before choosing your breaks there are a few things to consider first. 1. Insurance, sometimes insurance will only cover certain types unless you are willing to pay out-of-pocket) I am not the person to ask about this as shoe insurance is different everywhere. So contact your provider if you are unsure will and won’t be covered 2. Your hand control and strength in your arms and hands will be something you want to take into consideration when choosing the type of breaks you want to put on your…

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Tires are one of the most important parts of your chair, proper tires can make or break a chair in my opinion. For instance, in my chair, having winter tires is a benefit for snow but having winter tires with smaller casters creates a problem getting over bumps, cracks and potholes. There are 3 different types of tires that I know of, Air filled, solid, and foam filled tires. All have their own benefits and disadvantages. I find air filled tires to have the smoothest ride, although they require the most maintenance. It is completely up to you what type of tire you prefer, and won’t affect the maneuverability of your chair, it all comes down to comfort. If you are really unsure, consult your occupational therapist as they will have a good idea of your ability level, and what might be good for you to try. In this situation…

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Maneuverability is a hard thing to explain or describe it really depends on the wheelchair itself what do you choose to include or omit from it. That being said everyone’s  version of mobility and maneuverability will be different. What I believe to be doable someone else may feel is in adequate. When thinking about the maneuverability of a chair you have to think about what you’re going to be using the chair for and how those tasks Will be helped or hindered by her chairThis will help you figure out what you were willing to sacrifice and what it is you truly do need. If you are unsure ask an OT they can really help you out however if you feel like your goatee is not the right person for you getting a second opinion is always a good idea and frowned upon. In the end, you know your body…

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If you are a wheelchair user, You know what the struggle of trying to figure out ways toCarry things while at the same time not impinging on your movement, if you are at all like me you still want to look good in your chair and you may not want people to know that you are carrying your entire life with you just in case they are a little less than savory. This is what I have come up with.  

Every wheelchair is different and so is the way you collapse them. As I showed in the video mine has a pull string in the back behind the seat whereas others will have pull strings in other places. It is good to ask your healthcare provider or your occupational therapist where and how to collapse your chair if you have not sure if the first few times. Note of reference, my chair is a vegan frame chair meaning that the frame is all one piece instead of a folding frame chair like the one I previously had seen this video if you like no more about my breezy I have also included a link to how to collapse a folding frame chair for those of you may have that type of chair or be wondering about how the two chairs differ. In terms of my transfer is much different many people…

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As a person changes so welfare disability. How they view it, what you can do because of it, and even sometimes if they have a disability at all. I have always been an optimistic person but it’s needed to really reevaluate who I wanted to be. And my girl with CP or am I the girl with CP who who goes out and does things and makes the most of her life using as many mobility aids and she can so is that I can do the things I would like to do. Or will I stay at home and let my CP rule my life. I recently came to crossroads, do I keep walking and have no energy or do I roll have more energy but also take on a wheelchair and what would that look like for me. the video above explains some of that. I did not…

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A wheelchair is such a personal choice and every chair is different to meet the needs of its user it’s hard to give a full overviewIn just a video but this was my attempt.  The chair I use is a manual light weight rigid chair. Rigid just means that it can come up apart fully into several pieces instead of folding in half. These chairs are usually lighter weight and easier to propel because there is less to them. The reason I chose in a manual chair over a power chair is becauseI am still able to push myself and I wanted to be able to still use the muscles of that I have an can use. That said, I and contemplating getting a power scooter for power chair of some sort as it would be easier to use in the winter and for some distances. I don’t see that…

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In this blizzard conditions, I could just stay at home and wait for it to pass. But, if I did that, I would be waiting for six or more months. And, I would never get anything done. So, I choose to go out. That said, I choose my days and times wisely, and the activities around those days and times are chosen strategically as well. For instance, The only thing I did that day other than Christmas shopping was work. Which is something I can do from my home and I spend basically, all day behind a computer. So, I am not exerting as much physical energy during the day. So that I can do more at night. This is also why I choose to use my wheelchair at work. So that I have energy and mobility to live my life. Blizzards Don’t Put A Freeze On Life: Extreme Weather…

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For me my storage room, because it is so close to my bathroom and almost part of my closet it becomes a catchall for everything. After almost 3 years it needed a true cleaning out and so what better day to do that then on a Sunday with my mom. I needed it not only to be functional for me, in that I would be able to find everything, but I needed it to be a place where I could easily tell people where things were and they could find them as well. If you have some kind of help coming into your home at some point during the week you understand when I say to be organized and have systems in place is one of the most important things. Not only to the running of a house but in order to keep one sanity. There is nothing more frustrating…

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Today I have the opportunity to speak at red river college. As part of their first ever event celebratingThe international Day of persons with disabilities which takes place tomorrow. I got to meet many new people and reconnect with some old friends. It was a great way to kick off the holidays and though the event was loud – I did my best with the audio, I will be getting the full stream soon. I feel like it was worth it. In today’s world, I feel like disability and social media go hand-in-hand. As it allows people, from all over, but is specially persons with disabilities to connect to others and make their voices heard. In many situations social media is one of the only ways persons with disabilities can connect to the world. If their disability is such that leaving their house on a regular basis is something that…

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