Lightweight Power Wheelchairs: Benefits, Buying Tips, Cost Factors and More

Sturdy and durable enough for everyday use yet light enough to travel just about anywhere with, lightweight electric wheelchairs are, on average, around 15 to 60 pounds, enabling them to fold into the back of the trunk of your SUV or even be used for transport on a cruise ship. In fact, some of the latest examples of lightweight power chairs – as they are sometimes known – are TSA and airline-approved thanks to their spill-proof and flame-proof battery systems.

In this article, we’ll discuss just about everything you need to know about lightweight power chairs, from benefits and buying tips to cost factors and seemingly everything in-between, so you can be better prepared when shopping for yourself or a loved one. To kick things off, let’s take a look at some primary benefits.

Some of the benefits of lightweight power wheelchairs include:

• They’re lighter than traditional wheelchairs and mobility scooters
• They’re more compact than mobility scooters
• They’re perfect for travel and on-the-go users
• They’re easy to store – no need to invest in or reconstruct a separate storage area
• They demand no additional equipment – no costly vehicle adaptations such as hoists, lifts or ramps are needed

We here at 1800Wheelchair offer the lightest electric wheelchair on the planet, the Feather Power Chair, as seen here.

Buying a Lightweight Power Wheelchair: What You Need to Know

When purchasing a lightweight power chair, the environments where you’ll be using it the most must be taken into consideration (indoors/outdoors) as well as what features you require, specification demands like total weigh and weight capacity and, of course, budget. Buying the right lightweight power wheelchair that best fits your needs and lifestyle will ultimately provide you with mobility and comfort for your daily activities.

In putting these considerations into a list, answering the following questions will help you make an informed decision before investing in your chair.

• Do you plan to use a lightweight power wheelchair indoors, outdoors or both?
• Will you be transporting your chair around in vehicles, cruise ships or airplanes?
• What is the maximum weight capacity and wheelchair weight preferred?
• What top speeds will you need the wheelchair to be able to reach?
• Do you require special seating options for extra comfort?
• What is your budget?

Features to Keep an Eye On

We can tell you from vast experience in the wheelchair industry that the following represent the key features of lightweight power chairs:

Portability These chairs are ideal for travel, users constantly on the go and those with storage challenges.
Durability Whichever lightweight chair you decide to purchase, we wholeheartedly recommend it be built with high-quality materials, be durable and have the capacity to get you around freely with no issues.
Comfort First and foremost, lightweight power chairs should be designed for comfort and convenience out of the gate. If you are not comfortable in your power wheelchair, you may experience problems and you’ll end up not being happy when using it. What’s more, an uncomfortable seat can cause sores to develop – but on the positive side, this may encourage you to improve your posture.
Maneuverability When choosing your lightweight power wheelchair, there is the possibility that you will need to make sure that it can support you during daily tasks. Look at specifications such as turning radius to determine the maneuverability of the chair – it should be maneuverable in helping you run errands such as shopping, visiting the park and going to see family/friends.

The Cost Factor

Like everything else we purchase in life, the price of your lightweight power chair must be a top priority, especially when taking into consideration a budget. The average price for a new lightweight power wheelchair is approximately $1800 to $3900, and these prices are dependent on model type, size, weight capacity and features; of course, higher-end and more expensive models will bring with them additional features, technology and custom options.

What You Should Know About Medicare Coverage

Based on our latest research, Medicare does not cover the costs associated with a lightweight folding power wheelchair, however, it may provide some of the coverage for “Durable Medical Equipment” (or DME) if you meet specific requirements that your primary physician prescribes.

Before getting approved for lightweight power wheelchair coverage, you must have a face-to-face examination and written prescription from an accredited doctor.

Aging Seniors

A power wheelchair can increase the independence of the aging senior demographic and transform their mobility throughout their daily lives. With so many advances made since the invention about 70 years ago, there are more benefits for seniors when purchasing a power wheelchair in general than ever before.

Seniors can easily eliminate the physical strain and hassle of standard wheelchairs while upgrading to a better form of mobility – it’s as simple as that. With that being said, it is important to note that not all electric wheelchairs are created equally, and with so many factors to consider (such as the aforementioned cost and key features), switching to a power chair can feel like a daunting task for seniors in particular; you can be sure that representatives of 1800Wheelchair have thoroughly researched the top products on the market to answer your questions and provide you with a guide to find the best power wheelchair to suit your specific aging senior needs.

Some Closing Thoughts

It is always a good idea to consider your needs and how your new lightweight wheelchair will be able to enhance your lifestyle. Shop around and do your research first before making a purchase – which would be the exact same advice we’d give to someone shopping for a car – and take into consideration everything we’ve covered in this blog article when making your decision about what type to buy.

Consider the Benefits of a Lightweight Mobility Scooter

There are a myriad of benefits to owning a lightweight mobility scooter, ranging from the fact that they require far less effort to propel than a manual wheelchair to the way they allow you to cover a greater distance without any assistance – they can also be easily dismantled or folded to fit in a vehicle, on public transport or to take on vacation.

A lightweight, portable and robust mobility scooter can help anyone with mobility restrictions, allowing you the freedom to get outdoors and explore. They’re easy to operate, even for those who have never used one before, and normally offer one or two speed settings in which the user can travel up to four MPH. The biggest benefit of such a scooter, however, is that they’re simple to fold down or dismantle (as we mentioned above), as this renders them easy to put in the car boot, take on a train/bus/plane or store under the stairs.

The way we see it, there are six good reasons to invest in a portable mobility scooter (which is also commonly known as a lightweight scooter, boot scooter or folding mobility scooter). They all refer to virtually the same device, the best of them sharing similar characteristics: they should fold or dismantle in under 30 seconds and also fit in most car boot spaces. Of course, different makes and models will vary slightly, but the concept remains the same.

Accessibility Being limited in mobility is absolutely no Swiss picnic, which is why the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) clearly states that services such as shops, pubs, hotels, post offices and general public spaces must provide access for everyone. As great news for someone traveling around on a portable mobility scooter (or in a powerchair or wheelchair), accessibility in these places is continually improving.
Injury Prevention A portable scooter literally allows you to take the weight off your feet while also reducing the risk of trips, slips and falls, which can be particularly damaging if you lack physical strength.
Simple Operation A good portable mobility scooter should be easy to fold and take with you in the car boot, so if you’re the type of individual who is always on the go, it might be wise to select a scooter that can either electronically or manually fold in under 30 seconds. To say that this would save you a gaggle of trouble during assembly and disassembly would be something of a massive understatement – the bottom line is that the best examples of these products are simple to operate and boast clearly-marked buttons/levers on the dashboard.
Storage Efficiency One look at a mobile scooter and most people immediately believe they don’t have the room to store it. But if you do happen to lack the storage space for a large mobility scooter, a compact model may fit the bill; with one of these in the house, you’ll be able to put it in a small shed, cupboard or hallway. What’s more, the batteries are usually removable, allowing them to be charged wherever there is an electrical outlet.
Additional Independence There is no price that could be put on being able to get around without assistance, and a portable mobility scooter is an ideal way to hit the shops, move around the garden or use in conjunction with a motor vehicle to travel beyond the home. Looking for something that can handle long journeys on a regular basis? An eight MPH scooter may be of greater benefit.
Home Demonstrations While not quite as involved as buying a house or car, purchasing a mobility scooter still demands that some hard decisions be made. Consider that the device has to suit your lifestyle and, more importantly, your need to feel confident when piloting it in public. Some businesses selling wheelchairs and scooters may offer an option to bring a selection to your home so you can try them out and speak to a trained mobility specialist at the same time.

Some Other Factors to Take Into Consideration

Crowded Spaces One of the first things wheelchair and scooter users think about when having to pilot their new device is navigating those busy crowds – and it doesn’t necessarily have to be in Disney World, Magic Mountain or downtown Manhattan. The majority of shopping centers, eateries and public spaces are now equipped and ready for disabled access, and lightweight mobility scooters have been designed to blend in with the hustle and bustle of such crowded places. Further, most lightweight scooters boast a tight turning circle, meaning that you’ll be able to navigate tight corners and crowded spaces without much effort.
All Terrains The very best mobility device business selling these products will stock a range of lightweight mobility scooters to suit the different needs and requirements of their customers, with some scooters coming with, for example, large rugged wheels that are better for uneven terrain, and still others having more powerful motors that are designed to help with inclines. Some scooters are designed more sleekly than others, allowing for small turning circles to provide the best indoor performance.
Battery Type When choosing a mobility scooter, it’s important to decide whether you want one powered by a Lead Acid (SLA) or Lithium Ion battery; for your general information, Lithium Ion has undergone rigorous testing and is considered safe for travel by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), while SLA batteries are heavier in weight but represent the cheaper alternative. The SLA option is suitable for shorter journeys such as going shopping or visiting the doctor, but either way, one excellent tip we can share is to always buy a spare battery for your lightweight mobility scooter: this will allow you to extend your range without recharging your battery.

Of course, like with everything else in life, there are a few cons regarding mobility scooters that should be mentioned, and these include:

• Users need a significant amount of balance and arm strength, so it’s not a great choice for people with more serious disabilities.
• Some models are too big to store or transport easily.
• They’re not a good option for small homes.

To wrap up, we’d like to leave you with this stat: in 2021, the global electric scooter market was estimated to be worth an eye-watering $20.78 billion, largely due to vast improvements in technology – meaning that improvements like decreased weight and increased battery life have become the norm.

Looking Beyond the Horizon: Ultralight Wheelchairs Setting The New Standard

Incredible strides have been made in wheelchair technology (just take a gander at our collection of featherweight wheelchairs at 1800wheelchair.com), to the point that we are now going from featherweight chairs, such as the model we offer here, to our all new even lighter featherweight transport chairs.

Predicting the future is a really tough gig. After all, how many people, taking epidemiologists out of the equation for a moment, could have anticipated a pandemic when COVID-19 hit? Still, by looking at the past and coupling it with what we see today, it may indeed be possible to predict what tomorrow’s wheelchairs will look and act like.

For many years, manufacturers went to painstaking lengths to shave ounces from the frames of lightweight wheelchairs, given that frame weight has long been scrutinized by ultra-lightweight wheelchair riders. You may be asking yourself, “Yes, but at this point, does losing a few more ounces really matter?” Perhaps the better question would be: If frame weight is no longer a significantly distinguishing feature, what else can manufacturers offer to stand out?

We can tell you, based on feedback from manufacturer reps we’ve spoken with, that it’s all about material – if it’s efficient, long-lasting and durable enough to withstand the design demands put on it. Whether it’s aluminum, titanium or carbon fiber, materials truly are a means to an end in the wheelchair industry, not just a bragging right for manufacturers to hype up; it really becomes a focus point for how to work with the material, where it’s sourced from and where it’s put together to ensure a wheelchair is as efficient as possible for the end user.

What we here at 1800Wheelchair.com would like to see as we glance into the kaleidoscope of future possibilities is freedom of riders to have more choices. Consumers and wheelchair users in particular are much savvier than they were even five years ago; they talk to other users, they enter chat/Facebook/TikTok groups and know what they want. We know for a fact that wheelchair riders are not going to want to hear “Sorry, this is all your insurance is going to cover,” so we’d like to see some changes in the area of freedom and choices.

We would also like riders to be able to match their chair to different activities, and for riders to have at least two chairs – the way we see it, having one chair to fit every activity 24/7 for, say, five-plus years, is absolutely ridiculous. It’s one of the reasons that people’s shoulders are wearing out, ultimately forcing them into a power chair.

We’d like to see more riders take control of their health and wellbeing by having two chairs – one for everyday use, one for special occasions or activities. We also think that a new era of customization would be great, so you can really tailor a chair to your individual needs.

Ultimately, as we look into the future of wheelchair technology, we are excited by what might be possible. While the technology today is impressive, it’s likely that there will be even more advances on the horizon. Whether it’s lighter and stronger materials, longer battery life or better customization options, wheelchair riders of tomorrow may have unprecedented levels of freedom to choose a chair that fits their specific needs.

Of course, one of the great advantages of lightweight wheelchairs is that they are relatively affordable compared to many other types of medical equipment. We think that this affordability should remain a priority.

Affordable wheelchairs give the user greater freedom and empower them to live their lives to the fullest, regardless of their physical capabilities. From lightweight folding chairs to power chairs and even transport chairs, we believe that continued focus on affordability will be key to improving access to mobility solutions for people around the world. We look forward to seeing what technological advancements are

The future does indeed look smart for wheelchair users, what with a host of companies experimenting with sensors and/or cameras positioned to provide feedback on a rider’s ability to control the device and navigate the environment safely. The information can be relayed directly to the user to modify behavior, such as through an auditory, sensory or visual feedback system, the data to then be tracked and used to provide therapists with valuable insight into the user’s driving habits.

The number of wheelchair users is growing, and with that comes the need to ensure accessibility. The power of technology should not only be harnessed to create a greater quality of life for wheelchair riders, but also to bring about an even greater level of freedom for those who ride them.

Here at 1800Wheelchair.com, we are excited by the possibilities, from our existing light and super lightweight chairs to our all new even lighter featherweight transport chairs. No matter what the future holds we can’t wait to see it!

So, where are we headed in the future pf wheelchairs? With advancements in materials, design and technology, the possibilities are endless. We hope that wheelchairs will continue to become more lightweight, accessible and affordable, so that all wheelchair users can experience freedom of movement and have access to the mobility solutions they need.

At 1800Wheelchair.com we’re proud to play our part in making mobility solutions accessible to everyone who needs them. We look forward to the future of wheelchair technology and how it can empower riders around the world!

Electric Wheelchairs vs. Mobility Scooters: What is the Right Choice for You?

It is true that both an electric wheelchair and mobility scooter share the same basic function – that is, to transport people with varying levels of reduced mobility from one place to another – yet they also bring with them notable differences…differences that may not be immediately recognizable on the surface. Being that both these products are very popular amongst the physically impaired and senior citizen sets, it’s important to understand the differences between them should someone in the family be in need of such a device.

To start with, mobility scooters seem to be the preference amongst those who experience age-related pain from bone issues or other health complications, but who nevertheless still boast fine motor skills and the use of both hands. Electric wheelchairs, conversely, are typically chosen by patients who can’t be on their feet for long periods of time, who have almost no mobility in the body due to paralysis or who experience reduced mobility in the neck, arms or upper torso.

Electric Wheelchairs

Essentially a “power chair,” an electric wheelchair is powered by batteries and an electric motor, all of which have been designed for nonstop use. They offer support for the patient’s back and sides for added comfort, and with hand controls on the armrests, the wheelchair can be controlled without having to extend the arms or lean too far forward. This enables a stable position for those individuals who have limited mobility of the arms or upper body.

Mobility Scooters

Made for those who are not completely immobile, a mobility scooter allows for easy mounting by lifting up the armrests in order to easily slide in and out. Powered by batteries and controlled by switches attached to handlebars – or sometimes a finger lever/twist grip throttle – these scooters’ bases are constructed in a much sturdier fashion, rendering them more solid and dependable.

Understanding Some Pros and Cons

Positives about mobility scooters include:

• Available in different shapes and sizes
• Able to tackle different terrains
• Some are more easily transportable
• Able to achieve faster speeds

Negatives about mobility scooters include:

• Can be more expensive
• Can be more cumbersome to transport
• Typically more bulky
• Offer a bigger turning radius

Positives about electric wheelchairs include:

• Transportable in a car trunk
• Tighter turning radius
• Good stability
• More options and adjustable dimensions

Negatives about electric wheelchairs include:

• Can be heavier than a mobility scooter
• Doesn’t go as fast
• Joystick takes longer to master
• Requires more maintenance

Major Similarities and Differences Between a Power Chair and Mobility Scooter

I. The Foldability Factor

Some power chairs can be folded, and of the foldable types there are those that fold into one piece and others that can be taken apart into few lightweight pieces (for easier transportation). Though they are foldable, there aren’t many on the market that can handle the weight of an extremely large user; they are made of material that is not as durable or heavy-duty in characteristic. The fact of the matter is, the type of electric wheelchair that can handle more weight tends to weigh a lot more itself, making it difficult to lift into a vehicle. Foldable wheelchairs boast a great turning radius, some even under 30-inches, with specific models going as far down as 24-inches, making them extremely maneuverable around corners or in tight spaces.

Foldable mobility scooters are available as models that can be disassembled into pieces without the use of any tools, as well as those that can be folded into one piece. A great thing about the latter is that they only take a few seconds to fold, with many of them being TSA-approved for airline travel (and, what’s more, there’s no fee to take them with you on an airplane). They range in weight from about 34 to 60 pounds, with the heavier examples being slightly more durable with a stronger motor. Some models boast remote fobs that enable them to be folded and unfolded at the push of a button – after unfolding them, they can be wheeled behind the user like any other piece of luggage.

II. The Battery

If regular travel is always on the itinerary – especially by air – it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter: the type of battery the device runs on must be taken into consideration. Especially questionable are lithium batteries, and to make matters worse, they may not even be approved by the airlines if they exceed the 300AH mark; so long as they are sealed, all other battery types are approved. Most power chairs typically come with power cells that are rechargeable, with both lithium and 12-volt batteries weighing between seven and nine pounds.

The batteries bundled with either a mobility scooter or wheelchair can go quite a ways before they need to be recharged. Typically, a wheelchair’s mileage clocks in as low as eight miles and as much as 18 miles on a single charge, while full-size scooters offer a battery life that can go much longer (as much as 40 miles on a single charge). When riding an electric wheelchair uphill, the battery life, as expected, will be depleted at a much higher rate, especially if the incline is higher than 12-degrees. Indeed, exceeding that tilt will drain the battery or ruin it.

Weight also plays a significant role in how long a battery will hold; as such, we recommend staying at least 30 pounds beneath maximum weight capacity. Also keep in mind that charging these devices requires a connection to an outlet for about eight to 14 hours.

III. Weight Capacity

Being that we just touched on weight, let’s take a moment to discuss that factor. Different power wheelchairs can support different weights depending on which model we’re talking about; the folding type of wheelchair boasts a lower-than-average weight capacity due to the lightweight material framework it’s composed of, while the bariatric power chairs are more heavy-duty in stature and can support anything from 400 to 700 pounds in weight (they are equipped with solid or flat-free tires for this very reason).

On the flip side of that coin, mobility scooters – especially the bariatric and full-size variants – bring with them a higher weight capacity. Because they are considered heavy-duty, they offer some of the highest weight capacity for mobile scooters, in excess of 600 pounds.

Some other factors to take into consideration when comparing these products include:

• Indoor/outdoor capacities
• Wheels
• Accessories

To get a feel for what’s out there in this market, have a look at  our 1800Wheelchair.com selection.

Simple Mobility and Lightweight Wheelchair Solution

The featherweight wheelchair, also referred to as the feather chair, is setting a new standard in the world of manual wheelchairs and remains one of the lightest chairs available on the market today.

Utilizing specialized materials, the featherweight wheelchair boasts such low-weight characteristics that it can be lifted into a vehicle for transport by almost anyone; case in point: while a number of wheelchairs can weigh upwards of 35 pounds, the featherweight clocks in at a mere 19 pounds fully assembled (and an impressive 13.5 pounds when removing the optional pop-off wheels).

Whether the wheelchair is being operated by yourself or with a caregiver’s assistance, the feather chair is simple to use and takes less than a minute to fold or unfold. What’s more, the leg rests come in either an elevating or swing-away configuration, with optional “anti-tipper” wheels often available to prevent the chair from falling backward.

Our Own Featherweight Wheelchair Story

For 1800Wheelchair’s part, our founders determined, quite accurately, that wheelchairs are ultimately ugly, heavy and expensive, and as such decided to build a brand that offers beautiful, lightweight and affordable variants. In late 2018, we launched our flagship product which ended up becoming the world’s lightest wheelchair at 13 pounds, dubbed the Feather Chair (and named after the alternative reference to featherweight wheelchairs).

Let’s be honest: a lightweight wheelchair is essential for traveling, especially when it comes to lifting a chair in and out of a car – to say nothing of maneuvering it on a plane or bus – so the lighter the chair, the easier for a caregiver to push or for the user to self-propel.

Hassle-Free Travel: One of the Most Important Aspects

Since we touched on travel in the previous paragraph, this would be a great time to dive into greater detail about this vital aspect of featherweight wheelchairs. This product folds easily into a simple-to-lift, compact package in the blink of an eye, requiring the user to fold down the backrest, pull the middle section of the seat upwards and prepare for storage or transport. For additional convenience, quick-release wheels are available, this optional upgrade allowing the rear wheels to be removed simply and with little haste – this, in turn, allows for more convenient storage and reduces the weight of the Feather Chair from an already super-light 19 pounds to an astonishing 13.5 pounds.

Traveling with a family member suffering with mobility issues has never been so streamlined.

Light as a Feather…and Safe

Featherweight wheelchairs usually include, as a standard safety protocol, dual sets of brakes, with wheel locks at the front of the frame preventing the wheelchair from unintentionally moving forward or backward – and which can be reached easily by the user. Handbrakes, meanwhile, are located in the push handles at the rear of the featherweight chair for use by a caregiver, the integrated brake system itself operating similarly to the brakes of a bicycle – a mere squeeze is all that’s required to stop the chair.

By pushing them toward the ground, the handbrakes can also be locked into place, while the optional and aforementioned anti-tippers provide an additional layer of safety by keeping the wheelchair from tipping backward.

Additional Information About Wheelchairs in General

A standard wheelchair – or manual wheelchair – can best be described as a chair for mobility featuring rear wheels that are large and front wheels that are smaller, intended to be manually propelled by the user or pushed by a caregiver. This design enables the user to reach the wheels in the rear and, while seated, push themselves; standard wheelchairs are also transportable, collapsible and easy to use by both a patient and caregiver.

If you cannot mobilize without assistance and find yourself being able to take only a few steps before having to catch your breath, you may be a candidate for a wheelchair. You may also require a chair if walking long distances is challenging, even with help (whether that constitutes a family member, friend or another assistive device like a cane). Further, if you find yourself struggling to walk on your own and believe you would benefit from a wheelchair, your mobility limitations should first be discussed with your primary caregiver; during your scheduled appointment, your needs will be analyzed by your doctor and a wheelchair may indeed be prescribed for use.

When it comes to “qualifying for a wheelchair,” this determination will be decided by your doctor as well, and if you fulfill the requirements as laid forth by your insurance provider to cover the chair’s costs. Indeed, to “qualify” for a wheelchair, your doctor needs to be convinced that you exhibit limited mobility while at the same time are physically capable of pushing a wheelchair on your own. If daily tasks are interfered with by your limited mobility – whether it’s merely getting around your home or completing essential everyday functions like putting clothes on – you may qualify for a wheelchair.

Consequently, you will need to be able to sit and support yourself without assistance in order to operate a wheelchair, as well as be able to physically operate the controls and navigate appropriately, all while being able to solely get in and out of the chair. Your medical necessity for a wheelchair can be determined by your primary caregiver by analyzing your mobility limitations as well as evaluating how you’d possibly benefit from such a device.

What’s Best for You?

Here at 1800Wheelchair, we want nothing but the best for our customers, and this is why we’re constantly looking out for advancements in the wheelchair sector as well as ways to recommend the best chairs for specific needs. The “best” wheelchair is the one that suits these needs, lands within your budget and integrates into your daily life the most efficiently, but with so many chairs on the market, it can be an overwhelming prospect to select the right model – especially if this is your first time purchasing a wheelchair.

If the ultimate in simple mobility is on the top of your priority roster, featherweight wheelchairs are definitely the way to do. Lightweight frames make these chairs easy to travel with, and many of them come in interesting upholstery colors – such as blue plaid and black plaid – for a custom look.

Get in contact with 1800Wheelchair today to get all the wheelchair buying assistance you need.

Accessible Architecture: What Makes a Disability-Friendly Home?

According to an annual survey conducted by the US Census Bureau, people with disabilities make up 12.8% of the US population. This percentage is likely to grow as the US population ages, since the older people get, the higher the rate of disability increases. Still, even with physical limitations affecting such a large part of the population, most existing and new housing structures lack the basic accessibility features differently abled people require. That is, of course, unless the current occupant has a disability.

An accessible home is one that enables all its occupants to do what they need to do as independently as possible. Accessibility is achieved not only through architectural design but also through integrating specific features, particularly in bathrooms and along stairways. There are many ways that you can make your home more accessible. Here are just some of them.

Yard

To enter a house, one may have to go through the yard. You can make your yard more accessible by installing paths with a firm and level surface so that wheelchair users can go on them without any problem. Installing a ramp is a good way to make your entrance accessible to those in wheelchairs. Don’t forget to add handrails and curbs to prevent people from slipping or falling from the ramp. If you cannot install a ramp, you should have a folding aluminum wheelchair ramp at the ready.

Interiors

Having an accessible interior means having clear paths of travel throughout your home. It is vital that you have doors that are at least 32 inches wide and that your threshold is rounded and is no more than one-half inch higher than the floor. Having a high threshold is difficult not only for people who use wheelchairs but also for those who use canes and walkers. In addition, your hallways should be at least 36 inches wide to accommodate wheelchair users.

One potential limitation to think about is your flooring. Plush carpeting may not be such a good idea for wheelchair users. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, the carpet pile shouldn’t be more than one-half-inch thick so that they don’t get stuck in the wheelchair’s wheels. Throw rugs, which can shift position, are not recommended, as these can get caught in the wheels and also present trip and fall hazards.

Bathrooms

One way to make your bathroom accessible is by replacing your bathtub with a shower since showers can be used by those in wheelchairs and those with limited mobility, alike. You can even install a shower seat and a hand-held shower head for extra versatility. For added stability, it is a good idea to install grab bars in proximity to the shower and toilet.

A taller toilet is more accessible to those with limited mobility. Don’t forget to leave enough room around the toilet and sink for the wheelchair.

If you’re looking to make your home more accessible and friendlier to differently-abled people, then turn to none other than 1800wheelchair.com. We have wheelchairs, and walkers, among others, that will help you or your loved ones address your mobility needs. Also check out our fantastic resource on wheelchair accessibility in you home here as well.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today for more information. We would love to hear from you.

Five (Unusual) Wheelchair Friendly Travel Options

Here’s a quick roundup of some fun activities you might not have thought you could do in a wheelchair. From taking to the skies, to hitting the hills, there are plenty of accessible options available throughout the country.  We’ve listed some ideas nationwide to inspire you to find options locally.

Ride in a hot air balloon

air balloon, wheelchair travel, 1800wheelchair.comEveryone wants the chance to leave the confines of the day-to-day grind behind, to throw off the shackles of gravity and to go soaring among the clouds. Fortunately, soaring can be done without leaving your wheelchair on the ground in a range of wheelchair-accessible hot air ballooning trips across the country.

At Love is in the Air Ballooning, which prides itself on being Nevada’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon, riders can take an hour-long journey and see “Sin City” from a different angle. The trip starts over the west side of Las Vegas and offers incredible views of Spring Mountains, Red Rock National Park and, of course, the Strip.

The ride is suitable for anyone who can comfortably sit for at least an hour. Access to the balloon is via a ramp. A special side-viewing window means everyone has a great view of the passing landscape, whether they are sitting or standing.

In case you are worried about safety, the balloon has an FAA-approved locking system, which secures passengers traveling in a wheelchair. Anyone traveling in a wheelchair must be accompanied by at least one caregiver.

Visit the beach

Sand and wheelchairs don’t make the best bedfellows. But all that is changing as more and more beaches across the country up their accessibility. There are generally two options for enjoying the beach on wheels – using a specially designed beach wheelchair or making your way to the water’s edge down a rubber mat in your own wheelchair.

California’s beaches are especially well set up for wheelchair users, as a great example of accessibility, with many counties offering free beach wheelchairs. These have large, wide wheels that make navigating the sand a doddle. While many of them need users to bring a beach buddy to help with pushing, several offer motorized chairs that can be self-propelled. Availability is usually on a first-come, first-served basis, although some require advanced booking. Many of the beaches allow the manual chairs to go into the water, up to about 6-inches deep, so you can get your wheels and your feet wet.

If you prefer to stay in your own chair, check out one of the nation’s beaches with a mobi-mat or other beachfront access way. The mats were inspired by the mats used by the US Marine Corp for beach landings. They are made from 100-percent recycled polyester. The mats are in use at over 30 Florida beaches, for example, and at plenty of other places across the country.

Take to the hills

Track Chair, 1800wheelchair.com, disability, Visiting the beach is one thing, but too often, regular chairs just can’t handle rugged and hilly terrain. Thanks to the Action Trackchair, visitors to Staunton State Park in Colorado can experience the best of nature.

The Trackchair is a combination wheelchair and tank in one. The electric tilt mechanism means users can stay level even while crossing hills and uneven terrain and with a battery that last up to 10 miles (six-eight hours of continuous use), this is one chair that won’t let anything stop you from conquering the great outdoors.

The park has designated trails for the chair (which is available free of charge) that give access to some of the most stunning parts of the park. These include high grassy meadows, a variety of fauna, geological and water features and incredible views of Pikes Peak, Lions Head and Mount Rosalie.

If you prefer to stick with your own trusty wheelchair – electric or manual – there are plenty of accessible paths, trails and tracks at state and national parks across the country. If you don’t already have one, apply for an Access Pass. This lifetime pass, available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have been medically determined to have a permanent disability are eligible to receive a pass granting access to more than 2,000 sites, including those run by the National Park Service. And did we mention it’s free?

Go camping

Camping isn’t for everyone (think mosquitos, “rustic” toilets and things that go bump in the night), but if it is your thing, there is an increasing number of wheelchair-accessible options springing up over the U.S.

Wisconsin is especially proud of its accessible cabins. It offers two rustic (read: basic) cabins in Copper Falls and Blue Mound state parks and eight cabins with more facilities throughout some of its other parks.

The two rustic cabins are wheelchair accessible indoors. Outside, there is an accessible fire ring and picnic table. Bathrooms include an accessible pit toilet (we did say it could be rustic!), flush toilets and a shower near the cabin.

For those who are more “glampers” than campers, the eight larger cabins might be more your speed. They are wheelchair accessible, have a kitchen with low counter, stove, microwave and fridge and come equipped with two hospital beds with lift. The bathrooms have a wheel-in shower, bench and shower commode chair and, yes, we pretty much guarantee their fair share of creepy crawlies! Enjoy.

Take a hay ride

A traditional fall hayride doesn’t exactly scream something you can do without transferring from a wheelchair, especially as most hay wagons aren’t exactly easy to get into or out of. Fortunately, the folks at Oak Ridge Prairie County Park in Indiana decided years ago that their seasonal hay rides (offered in September and October, only) should be open to all.

The site has a permanent ramp that leads straight into the wagon. Once on board, the wheelchair can be locked into place for the duration of the ride for maximum safety. The only downside of this “traditional” ride is that the horses have been replaced by a tractor.

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Wheelchair Bowling – Adapative Bowling Equipment Review

Many sports have been adapted for wheelchair users and bowling is a popular one. The American Wheelchair Bowling Association has more than 500 members and growing. Many bowlers enjoy the sport without the use of any special equipment. They are able to roll up to the foul line lock their brakes and throw the ball. However, in some cases a person’s disability may not make it that simple. In these situations, additional equipment may be needed. Luckily, there are is a wide range of adaptive bowling equipment created specifically to assist wheelchair bowlers, such as ball ramps, ball grip handles, and ball pushers.

Adaptive Equipment for Bowling in a Wheelchair

Maddak-Two-Piece-Bowling-RampThe first piece of equipment that wheelchair bowlers can use is a ball ramp. Ball ramps are perfect for bowlers who have limited range of motion because they allow the user to easily control the ball’s release from their lap. These ramps are usually made of lightweight aluminum and work by allowing the user to simply place the top end of the ball ramp over their lap and the bottom end at the foul line; the bowler then places the ball at the top of the ramp and then releases it down the lane.

Other popular bowling ball ramps works by allowing the user to press a large button/switch with light pressure from their hand or foot to activate the ball release for a guided roll down the lane.

An additional tool is the grip handle bowling ball. For wheelchair users, the grip handle allows for better power and easier control by allowing them to use a grip handle rather than finger holes. There are two parts to this special ball—a spring-loaded handle, and the bowling ball. Once the handle is released, it retracts into the ball, allowing it to roll smoothly down the lane.grip-handle-bowling

Finally, there are bowling ball pushers. These super simple tools give the bowler control over the force and the angle of their roll. Ball-pushers have an easy grip handle at one end and forked prong at the other. Simply use the stick to push and angle the ball down the lane. These are so simple in fact, you could DIY-it, if you so desired.bowling-ball-pusher-2

Using this knowledge and equipment can help make bowling a more competitive and fun sport for wheelchair users. Also, check with your local bowling alley, they may have special lanes or even hold regular wheelchair events.


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Ten Things You Need To Know When Buying A Transport Wheelchair

 

 

Video Transcript

1. What is a Transport Wheelchair?
A transport wheelchair is a wheelchair that is pushed by a companion, it has smaller wheels than a standard wheelchair and it is lighter in total weight. Making it super easy for traveling and lifting into a car.

2. What are a Transport Wheelchairs best uses?
A transport chair is primarily used for short trips to the doctor, the mall, or a restaurant

3. What to look for when buying a transport chair?

The two most important things are:


4. How do I choose the correct size?
Transport chairs come in 3 Sizes:

  • Narrow – a 17” wide seat – for users under 120 lbs.
  • Medium – a 19” wide seat – for users between 120 and 300 lbs.
  • Wide – a 22” wide seat or wider – for users over 300 lbs.


5. Are Transport Wheelchairs foldable?
Yes, all transport wheelchairs fold to a size of 2.5 feet by 9 inches wide – compact enough to fit into any car!

6. Are Transport Wheelchairs comfortable?
When sitting in your transport wheelchair for more than two hours a day, we recommend you sit on a wheelchair cushion and back cushion to increase your comfort.

7. Are Transport Wheelchairs delivered assembled?
Yes! All transport wheelchairs are delivered assembled. No tools needed. All you need to do is take it out of the box and you are ready to go.

8. Do the legrests remove?
Yes, all transport chairs come with removable legrests, that hook on and hook off.

9. What else should we look for when buying a Transport Wheelchair?


10. Which Transport Wheelchairs do we recommend?
Here are three chairs we recommend: Good, Better and Best

Not Just for Wheelchairs: A Resource Guide to Universal Design

Universal design is a concept which has been growing in popularity since the late 1990s. It is a design philosophy which encourages the design of spaces and product features that are accessible to people of every age and ability. The principals of this design philosophy are a reaction against traditional “handicapped accessible” spaces and adaptive technology, which often limited the functional range of spaces and devices, and was almost universally aesthetically unpleasant. Universal design is a ground-up philosophy which uses basic elements to create a world that can be shared by people of all abilities.

Some examples of universal design in spaces include:

  • Doors that are opened by levers rather than with knobs, which assist people who have problems with grip, while also easing operation for anyone carrying heavy or large objects. Such levers are commonly available in a wide variety of attractive styles.
  • Entryways that are flat (without stairs) and wide, which make it possible for persons with mobility impairments to access a space without needing a ramp, while providing dramatically easier entry to parents of young children in strollers, and ease the transfer of furniture and appliances.
  • Linear building layouts that offer clear lines of sight can assist people who have communication difficulty, while also facilitating improved lighting, which is beneficial to everyone, especially those with vision difficulty.

Examples of universal design in products include:

  • “Rocker” type lightswitches, which offer simplified operation to everyone, and allow basic access to people with fine motor difficulties, or who use reaching tools.
  • The Cuisinart brand food processor is among the most famous devices incorporating universal design principals, and features large controls with large, clear labels that reduce complexity in the kitchen, while facilitating operation by people with fine motor difficulties.

The philosophy behind universal design is so basic that it is nearly effortless to incorporate the principals into new home construction. So easy, that in some areas, certain elements of universal design are being encouraged through tax incentives, or mandated by law. Homes built with universal design principals need not me modified as highly if and when their occupant’s range of physical abilities change, and when modification does become necessary, they are better equipped to handle such work. For instance, many universally designed homes feature walls built with wider beams, which allow solid mounting of grab-bars, and other wall-mounted devices without the need for extra reinforcement. This reduces costs that frequently fall to public programs including Medicare and Medicaid.

As a practice, universal design has its roots in 1947, when an 11 year old named Marc Harrison suffered a traumatic brain injury that required extensive therapy to help him re-learn basic functions. This event inspired Harrison, and as someone who had experienced a term of reduced physical ability, he received an MFA in industrial design, and began working to merge aesthetic and functional design considerations in a way that hadn’t been previously considered. Harrison is the person directly responsible for the design of the Cuisinart food processor, and up until his passing in 1998, continued to work on a project known as the Universal Kitchen, meant to improve the functionality of the kitchen space to reduce the amounts of bending, reaching, and twisting that is required by traditional designs. Harrison is considered to be the principal figure in the birth of modern universal design.

Please explore the following resources for more information on universal design in theory and practice:

  • Senior Dwelling An audio discussion from NPR on building and choosing homes that are fit to grow old in. Site also includes a written companion story.
  • The Center For Universal Design Providing a list of news items, publications, and programs which target universal design themes.
  • Universal Designers and Consultants A website for a team of architects who specialize in universal design, with some examples of their spaces.
  • Universal Design Resources A list of resources for those interested in purchasing or building a universally designed home, including links to sources for plans, books, and more.
  • Universal Design Showers This article looks at how to create a shower that is accessible and usable to a broad range of people.
  • Kitchen Design This five-minute video examines the kitchen in a home built to model principals of universal design.
  • Universal Design Kitchen Tips This GE pictorial illustrates how space can accommodate adjustable appliances in a universally-designed kitchen.
  • All-Generation Home Guide (PDF document) This four-page guide to homes that fit all generations can be printed and carried while shopping for appliances or housing.
  • What Is Universal Design? This 2-page PBS primer gives a crash course in making homes more accommodating.

  • Architect’s Knowledge Resource
    from the American Institute of Architects which includes resources and links to other articles.
  • The Northwest Universal Design Council This site contains a large collection of information for home builders and buyers, including a checklist, and highlights on trouble spots to watch out for in virtually every room in a home.
  • Aging in Place, Gracefully, With Universal Design This article includes sections addressing resale values, cutting costs, and paying for universally designed homes.
  • Bringing Égalité Home This New York Times article tells the story of one man’s adventure in rebuilding a 20-year old home to incorporate universal design principals
  • The Concept of Universal Design This article illustrates the distinction between universal design, and accessible design.
  • Universal Design Resource List A list of resources for practical help with universal design, compiled by the Office for AccessAbility at the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Living Laboratory This site chronicles one woman’s efforts to build a home to accommodate her disability as well as her family’s needs.
  • Building a Custom Universal Design Home This article from ABILITY Magazine explores how to build a dream home that is universally designed.
  • Home Repair and Universal Deisgn An article from AARP that offers tips on universal design considerations in home repair.
  • Universal and Green Article from Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine looking at merging green technology with universal design.
  • Homebuying Guide: Guide from New Horizons Unlimited, which includes tips on design, remodeling, and working with contractors.

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Wheelchair Resources – The Disabled in the Community

Disabled individuals face a multitude of challenges on a daily basis. Individuals have to deal with a number of disabilities such as being vision impaired, hearing impaired, wheelchair bound and a number of other disabilities. These disabilities create difficulties for disabled individuals to live regular lives because of transportation, employment, housing and other problems.

To help disabled individuals become acclimated to the non-disabled world, government regulations in the form of the Americans with Disabilities Act has made it easier to adapt. The ADA has created guidelines and laws that need to be met. Because of the ADA, disabled people now have the ability to live, work and enjoy all the conveniences that are available.

To learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other aspects of the help available to disabled, please review the following information:

Americans with Disabilities Act

Assistive Technology

Employment Issues

Housing

Travel & Transportation

Disabled Resources


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Beyond The Wheelchair – A Disability Resource Guide

Disabilities come in many different forms. They range from physical disabilities such as loss of sight, loss of a limb to mental disabilities. Each type of disability presents different challenges for individuals such as mobility issues, physical issues and psychological issues.

To help persons with disabilities there are many resources that are available. People with disabilities can receive help with their disabilities and are protected by laws governing the disabled. To help understand the issues of the disabled, we have collected several resources:

Disability Types

  • Disabilities – helpful government site containing information on various types of disabilities.
  • Disability.gov – government portal filled with information on a variety of subjects for the disabled.
  • Types of Disabilities – helpful information on the various types of disabilities that exist.

Mobility

Accessibility

Accommodations

Legal Issues


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Wheelchair Ramps for a Handicap Van

Maximizing mobility helps preserve a person in a wheelchair’s quality of life. The process begins with an easily operated wheelchair, ramps and appropriate transportation. Wheelchair ramps make a minivan or full-size van an effective handicap van.
You can also have modifications made to a standard van. Generally, the van’s floor is lowered by about 1 foot. This provides headroom for a person seated in a wheelchair. After removing some rear seats,, one of several different types of a wheelchair ramp is installed in the van.

Benefits of Outfitting a Handicap Van with a Wheelchair Ramp

You can’t always help a loved one in and out of their wheelchair and into and out of a vehicle. The person’s weight or condition may make this difficult or dangerous. In these instances, a wheelchair ramp can make all the difference.
A handicap van outfitted with a wheelchair ramp is practical. It speeds up entry and exiting considerably. Everyone involved appreciates the increased ease and efficiency. It’s especially appreciated during hot, cold, rainy or otherwise inclement weather.

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Types of Wheelchair Ramps for a Handicap Van

There are four basic types of wheelchair ramps for a handicap van, including; rear-entry, side-entry, fold-out side entry and in-floor side entry. All are helpful. But personal preferences and needs dictate which is best for you. When deciding, consider the configuration of your garage or whether you frequently parallel park on the street, among other logistics.

Rear-entry wheelchair ramp vans come out at the rear hatch door. They are great for narrow garages. They facilitate straight entry and exiting without turning and maneuvering. Side-entry ramps extend out from the rear passenger door. They are safer than rear-entry because they don’t extend into the traffic lane in parking lots. Fold-out ramps also provide safe side-entry. They are a good option for people in wheelchairs who enter and exit the handicap van on their own. In-floor ramps can provide a safe side entry, too. They operate automatically. They stow in the floor to maximize space. These are ideal when the ramp is not often used or when you preferred it concealed.

Tips for Traveling with your Wheelchair

Traveling by wheelchair can strike a nerve if you do not plan ahead, conduct research, or consider possible setbacks and delays because of handicap restrictions. For instance, not every hotel or motel has wheelchair accessibility, which may pose problems if traveling alone. Be sure to inquire about wheelchair accessibility while scheduling hotel reservations in order to stave off potential headaches. Those with mobile challenges rely on wheelchair assistance wherever they travel, which includes airline services, boating or cruise accommodations, and other transportation mediums, such as taxis, buses, shuttles, and amusement park rides. Consider inquiring with these services about possible airlift assistance, elevators, and ramps. Additionally, inquire with these services about medicinal and special equipment restrictions, such as designated areas for defibrillators and oxygen tanks. Finding out this information ahead of time can really save you time and money.

If you’re traveling alone in a wheelchair, then make sure you have a maintenance or repair service verify that wheelchair is in good working conditions before departure. The extra effort will eliminate setbacks and delays over broken or repairable parts that will need servicing at the destination upon arrival. Hiring a maintenance or repair service team will save you time and minimize stress while on your trip. Exercise precaution by placing your name and address onto each of the detachable parts before leaving home. Only display your name when traveling overseas. Additionally, bring a travel size repair kit containing all of the necessary tools and materials needed to change a pneumatic tire. Pneumatic tire repair kits can be found at any major retail chain stores in the bicycle department. Remember that not all international repair shops are identical to the service you’re used to receiving at home, so make every effort to eliminate potential problems by acting now.

Cruise operations usually incorporate ferry services to transport passengers to shore from a ship anchored out at sea. These ferry services are not always equipped with lifts or ramps to help the handicap lower their wheelchairs onto the carrier. Ask personnel for assistance in locating any wheelchair accommodations in order to board the ferry and deport for the shore. Depending on the weather, sea, tidal conditions, or technical difficulties, certain restrictions may be in place that limit certain passengers from leaving the cruise tender. Generally, the crew will guide you to a gangway or use a creepy crawler, a mechanical device designed to “walk” your wheelchair down a flight of stairs, to help the mobile challenged find their way to the shore. Handicap persons will need to transfer to a lightweight, manual wheelchair if originally in an electric wheelchair or scooter in order to allow the crew to successfully move the equipment onto shore. Be sure to alert the crew of any medicinal or special equipment that also needs to be moved alongside your wheelchair or scooter.

Most people believe that airliners accommodate to wheelchair travelers; however, some airline services have neglected taking the extra effort to assure that these services are implemented to minimize potential injuries for those confined to a mobile device. In fact, any airline can pose potential problems for wheelchair travelers, depending on the time and day that the flight departed for its destination. Additionally, the quality of wheelchair assistance relies heavily on the airline staff and airport crew that unloads your equipment and luggage. Confirm your airline flights with your carrier within 24-48 hours of your departure. Flight times, numbers, and seating arrangements can change on a whim. Notify the airline service team about your disability, the kind of wheelchair you have, and other equipment that will need to be transported upon arrival. Request for a “gate check” in order to load your wheelchair directly to the plane’s fuselage. Be sure to remove all leg supports and seat cushions before relinquishing your wheelchair to the airline staff. Carry these items with you onto the airliner. Use special bags to store delicate items in between transitions.

Follow this comprehensive list of resources for tips on traveling with your wheelchair:

  1. Traveling With Your Wheelchair or Scooter
  2. Flying Tips for Wheelchair Users
  3. How to Travel By Air with a Wheelchair
  4. Air Travel Tips for Wheelchair or Scooter Users
  5. The Disabled Wheelchair Traveller – Holiday Tips
  6. Traveling with Your Wheelchair
  7. A Travel Tip Guide for Wheelchair Owners
  8. Traveling with a Disability or Medical Condition[PDF]
  9. TSA: Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
  10. Flying With Disability
  11. 5 Tips for Traveling with a Disability
  12. Community Living: Traveling with Wheelchairs
  13. Traveling With A Service Dog

 

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Wheelchair Resources – Disability and Discrimination

Individuals that are coping with a disability face a multitude of challenges in their everyday lives. Depending upon the severity and type of disability, the challenges can range from accessibility issues to workplace adaptability problems. However, one of the most troubling problems is that of discrimination of the disabled.

Over the course of time, disabled individuals have faced direct and indirect discrimination. Direct discrimination in the form of employers not wanting to hire disabled individuals. The other form of discrimination is more subtle, but just as bad, is indirect discrimination where because of accessibility issues or similar environmental constraints, disabled workers are unable to do the same job as the non-disabled.

To combat the problem of discrimination among disabled individuals, the government has provided legal assistance int he form of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other similar legislations. These legal actions have helped allow disabled workers have the same rights as the non-disabled. To learn more about the problems facing disabled workers, here are some helpful websites:

Workplace

The workplace has been a big source of difficulties for disabled individuals. The same workplace environment may not be a problem for non-disabled individuals as they are for vision impaired, hearing impaired or workers with mobility issues. To make the workplace usable for the disabled, employers have had to make the equipment and facility be able to accommodate disabled workers.

Accommodations

There are many ways that buildings, offices and other public and non-public facilities have been changed to accommodate the needs of handicapped individuals. These accommodations have ranged from having doors that allow access by wheelchair, machines such as ATMs that have letters in Braille for the vision impaired, and sound enhancements for the hearing impaired. These accommodations have been made to allow disabled individuals to enjoy all services available.

Accessibility

The problem of accessibility has been a big problem for handicapped individuals. For example, wheelchair bound individuals going into a bank were not able to reach the teller counters. Problems such as this led for the push to make buildings and offices more accessible to all people. Therefore, creations such as a drop down counter to allow people with wheelchairs the opportunity to conduct banking business, have made it easier to access services.

Legal Protection

To ensure that all people are treated the same, the government has enacted legislation that provides protection for disabled individuals and that discrimination does not occur. The laws currently in place range from workplace laws to health laws to housing rules and regulations. While the problems of the disabled and handicapped have not disappeared, they have been reduced over the past few decades, and will only make it easier for future generation of disabled individuals.

Resources

While this gude is helpful in providing information on disabled and discrimination issues, there are many more helpful sites available. Here are a few helpful general information sites to visit:

Discrimination among disabled individuals has become less of a problem in recent years. With the implementation of the Americans with Disability Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and many other vital laws and regulations, the disabled have had more rights and opportunities than ever before. While the situation for disabled individuals has improved, it is not perfect, and gains will continued to be made to attain the ultimate goal of removing discrimination of disabled.


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