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27 Things You'll Only Know If You're A Wheelchair User

Being a wheelchair user is kind of like being in a secret club.You look at the streets and buildings differently and, sometimes, you get to use separate entrances to everybody else.

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3. You know each and every crack or pothole on pavements and walkways.

Broken pavements, cracks in the path, no slope down from the path to the road... Your hawk-eye view of the ground doesn't miss a beat.

6. When a buggy is waiting at the bus stop, war is about to commence for that sacred space reserved for wheelchairs or buggies.

Most buses only allow space for one wheelchair or one buggy. So when push comes to shove, vying for that space can be dirty business.


9. Wheelchair bathrooms often double up as storage closets.

A lot of venues use their wheelchair bathroom as storage areas or keep it under lock and key therefore making it inaccessible and sort of pointless.

11. That's why it's handy to keep a list of Four-Star hotels that have wheelchair bathrooms in their lobby.

Seriously. Get to know your expensive hotels and use them as your pit stop when you're out and about.


15. There are days when it feels like everything is closed off to us.

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Stairs, escalators, broken lifts, small doors, tight spaces, rough paths, giant hills - we are up against a lot of things.

16. You get asked inappropriate questions all the time.

"Do you mind me asking what happened?" is a question you should refrain from asking for a while. Get to know the person in the chair first.


21. You say toodles when you get to skip them in the queue to the club.

Some clubs or music venues have flat entrances, so get to know where they are. Leave the days of queuing in the rain behind you.



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