I found this video on YouTube , apparently Part I of a documentary prepared at a Michigan college by students who tried an experiment - two students were to use a wheelchair for 30 days, with some exceptions. (The rules are contained within the video.)
Their portrayal of the experience of using a wheelchair is almost completely negative. (Part 2, in my opinion, was even more negative and it's over there but I'm not going to post it.) Whether they realize it or not, they forgot to take into account numerous factors here. I'll explain below how that affects things. I also want to point out that projects where people are "disabled for a day" or even "30 days" aren't the same as being disabled, a point that's been made by others on the web.
I do think this video can work toward helping folks understand that adapting to a disability takes time. (Showing the first 30 days of anything is going to be a skewed view).
When you first use a wheelchair, you're not used to it. Naturally if you're pushing one, your muscles take time to develop. Also your environment needs to be adapted. So when they show a shot of a woman in a wheelchair who has a microwave oven over her head and is trying to find "something to eat and cook" from kitchen cabinets above her and she decides she can't do anything herself, that's a result of the environment, not being in a wheelchair.
However, some of their observations are interesting (and amusing) and, of course, I'm interested in readers' comments as usual, so thought I'd put this video up. Please note- violence alert- that the video opens with a re-enactment of a motor vehicle accident, showing the impact, glass flying and an air bag deploying.