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Wheelblades

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Manual wheelchair drivers often experience reduced mobility in winter snow and slush; Wheelblades address this problem.  Wheelblades are small skiis that attach to the front wheels of a manual wheelchair. Their wide contact surface distributes the wheelchair driver’s pressure evenly over the ground, preventing the small front wheels from sinking into the snow. Wheelblades are quickly and easily clipped over a wheelchair’s small front wheels, and due to their small size and weight they are easy to carry around once you reach your destination. Wheelblades can also be attached to the small front wheels of baby strollers to help parents push their little ones through the snow.

Carbon Black Wheelchair

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You are unique and special, so why not choose a bespoke wheelchair that is as individual as you?

Carbon Black is so different to every other wheelchair available on the market in many ways, not least the number of choices available, making your chair unique to you. Every wheelchair user has different needs and requirements, which is why every Carbon Black wheelchair is made bespoke and tailored exactly to each customer’s requirements.

The Morph Wheel – Travel with Ease

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Originally designed to be used on a bicycle, the Morph Wheel is a foldable wheel compatible with any wheelchair that can accommodate a quick-release axle. When folded, the wheel is compact enough to fit in tight spaces, like a sports bag or under a seat on an airplane. In this state, the diameter of the wheel is reduced from 24 inches to 32 x 12.5 inches. There are no tools necessary to fold or unfold the wheel, which makes for a user friendly experience.

Ocean Wheelchair for Florida Residents and Veterans

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The city of Deerfield Beach, FL now has four new ocean wheelchairs –  wheelchairs that can travel on sand without getting stuck, and float in beach water. The floating wheelchairs are free to rent for those that have a need for them while at the beach. Locals Terry and David Rittenhouse are responsible for bringing the chairs to Deerfield beach, forming a non-profit organization called Broward Sealegs, which raised money to buy the chairs to make the beach accessible for people with spinal cord injuries, MS, and disabled vets. The Rittenhouse’s are certain that the chairs will be a hit amongst the elder beach bodies since it is difficult for most of them to traverse through the sand to get to the water.

Some Exploit Airport Wheelchairs for Preferential Treatment

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A recent article in the New York Times brought attention to the fact that some travelers abuse airport wheelchairs in order to get preferential treatment through long security lines or during flight boarding. According to the article in the Times, airport workers have dubbed certain routes “miracle flights” because a number of passengers will request airport wheelchairs when they are boarding the flight, but no longer seem to need them once they arrive at their destination, where wheelchair users are the last to depart the plane. Anyone can request the use of a wheelchair and no proof of a disability is required.

The number of people who are actually abusing the system is probably quite small, and the apocryphal evidence given in the article might not be the whole story. It is important to remember that not all people who have a legitimate need for airport wheelchairs have a disability that is visible to the casual observer. People who are semi-ambulatory or who experience pain while walking may decide to request a wheelchair if they anticipate walking long distances or staying on their feet for a long time. Seeing someone who used an airport wheelchair later get up and walk does not necessarily mean that they were being deceptive. Asking for “proof of a disability” in order to use the airport wheelchair service would be an acceptable and intrusive barrier, and would shut out many people who legitimately need the service. Consider the older adult who cannot easily walk through a long airport terminal, but who would be unable to provide proof of a specific disability.

Air Access by Priestmangoode

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Air Access, a conceptual project designed by the design firm Priestmangoode, offers an interesting solution for how to improve accessibility on airplanes for people with mobility impairments. The design is made up of two elements; a detachable wheelchair that can transport passengers onto and off of the plane, and a secure fixed-frame aisle seat that the wheelchair fits into in order to create a regular airline seat.

This allows the passenger to transfer into the chair at the departure gate where there is room to safely maneuver. No additional transfer is needed inside the plane, as the wheelchair’s 360-degree pivoting wheels enable it to slide sideways into the fixed-frame aisle seat. The Air Access seat could be installed in every aisle seat of the aircraft, allowing for many more accessible seats than are currently available. Since the aisle seats can also function as normal seating, the airline does not lose any seating space if there are no people with mobilities impairments on a particular flight. The chair has a removable pad, allowing users to substitute their own personalized cushions, an important consideration for people with spinal cord injuries.

Disabled Vets Get Hot Wheels Despite Their Wheelchairs

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The minivan has long been the standard vehicle to adapt for wheelchair accessibility, because of its low height, large interior, and capacity to carry the extra weight of an electric wheelchair. According to USA Today, however, the young vets are prompting some rethinking within the accessible vehicle industry.

These young vets, mostly men in their 20s and 30s, want stylish accessible vehicles. Sometimes this can be achieved by customizing a traditional minivan with features that make it look more like an SUV. For instance, Vantage Mobility International, a company in Phoenix that converts accessible vans, has been showing a van at trade shows that has been customized to include “20-inch custom wheels, a blacked-out grille, darkened windows, two-toned inserts in the seats.”

Pickup trucks are also a popular option for young vets, but as trucks are higher than minivans they can’t be easily accessed by ramps. This issue is solved with seats that swivel and then lower out of the driver’s-side door, allowing for transfer directly to the driving seat. A crane is then used to lift the wheelchair into the back of the pickup. Alternately, there are accessible pickups that feature a sliding driver’s-side door that moves out of the way to make room for a wheelchair lift.