This is a mobility aid

I use a wheelchair the same way I use a car: to get places that are farther than I can walk. I repeat: I use a wheelchair the same way I use a car, to get places that are further than I can walk. ID: The words "This is a mobility aid" are superimposed on a semi-transparent rectangle over an image of a very large red van in front of a building with bright blue windows. B is grinning from the front passenger seat because she's making Emily parallel park for us. #chronicillness #invisibleillness #contestedillness #undiagnosed #chronicfatigue #sleepdisorder #pcos #disabled #disability #disabilitystudies #biopolitics #sick #sickgirlsclub #illness #spoonie #spoonielife #asianspoonie #toronto #canada #asian #canadian #WalangHiya

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As I’m mostly in my wheelchair when out and about these days, I’ve been fielding questions (all good natured) about its use. I’m always happy to explain about the prevalence of ambulatory wheelchair users, but sometimes want for a simpler explanation. Kat from The Willows Work on Instagram provided one:

I use a wheelchair the same way I use a car: to get places that are farther than I can walk.
I repeat: I use a wheelchair the same way I use a car, to get places that are further than I can walk.

 

As well as offering a pithy response to those who enquire about mobility devices, Kat sparked a valuable discussion on the use of cars as mobility aids. I’ll certainly be using her line in the future.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

6 thoughts on “This is a mobility aid”

  1. Thank you for sharing! I’m so glad you found this post helpful- I’m going to try to use it when my family eventually finds out I’ve been using a wheelchair in this way…and hopefully it’ll mitigate the fear.

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