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23 Things That People In Wheelchairs Have To Cope With

Other people make it so difficult, don't they?

1. Having filthy hands all the time.

2. Getting our clothes caught in everything.

3. Sustaining mysterious injuries on a daily basis.

4. Having to do a 10-point turn to get out of any public bathroom.

5. And never being able to see ourselves in the mirror.

6. Having to tweeze hairs out of our caster wheels.

7. Realising that public transport doesn't cater to us at all.

8. And buses aren't any easier. We're constantly waiting to find out whether the wheelchair ramp actually works.

9. And we're always faced with the decision of whether we should give up the space on the bus for a pram.

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The wheelchair space on a bus often doubles up as a spot for prams, so if we're waiting at a bus stop and a baby comes along, things can get pretty ugly. Jk; Most parents fold up the pram and give us the space. But there are some who get on the bus anyway and make us wait.

10. Trying to fit a wheelchair into a car.

11. Not to mention the fact that our cars are always filthy.

12. And they're covered in scratches too.

13. Having to confront people who wrongly park in disabled parking spaces.

14. And getting dirty looks whenever we pull into wheelchair parking spaces.

15. People staring at us when we're doing really boring things, like getting petrol.

16. Being patient when the people you love mess up.


Even the ones you love can get it wrong sometimes, but disability can be a big learning curve for people. What's obvious to you might not be obvious to everyone else, so patience really is the key.

17. Having to reassure people that we are OK all the damn time.

18. Dealing silly questions like "Do you have a job?"

19. Especially the ones about sex.

20. Having to shout for attention so we are heard at bars.

21. Being massively screwed every time the lift in our building breaks.

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This one is a real pain in the ass and can really mess up your day unless you find someone to help you up a few flights of stairs, either by piggy back or Cleopatra style.

22. Being constantly nervous that our wheelchair is going to tip over.

23. Trying to let people know that we are more than just spokes 'n' wheels.