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    • #15036
      Leah Leilani
      Keymaster

      Have you ever been referred to as wheelchair bound? What is your reaction to this manner of describing people who use wheelchair’s on a daily basis?

    • #15055

      I don’t like that phrase. I usually say, “oh, I can walk in my house, so I’m not “bound” to it,” and they seem to get the hint through my tone.

    • #15086
      Pete Barron
      Participant

      I always say: “This wheelchair is a great gift, not a curse! With it I can go almost anywhere, without it I would be “house bound.”

    • #15095
      Leah Leilani
      Keymaster

      Dani, I’ve recently discovered the term “ambulatory wheelchair user” which I think describes our type of wheelchair use to a T. Using a wheelchair for long distances and a longer period of time while we can still use our legs.

    • #15096
      Leah Leilani
      Keymaster

      Pete, this is a great method for teaching people about our so personal relationships with our mobility aids. We depend on them to give us back our quality of life.

    • #15107
      Philip
      Participant

      Though I can’t use my legs and have limited use of my hands and arms, I don’t like to be described as bound to my wheelchair.  If someone asks what is the correct way of describing me (not an invalid please!), I am Philip, I have some physical impairment and use a powered wheelchair to get about.

    • #15132
      Leah Leilani
      Keymaster

      Philip, I hate it when people just assume something about people with disabilities instead of asking us first but correcting them is the only way to educate these types of people even if we have to bluntly interrupt them. Good for you for speaking up.

      • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by Leah Leilani.
      • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by Leah Leilani.
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