In a wheelchair, that is.
Not this quad. No way. I have a cardinal rule about being pushed - it doesn't happen. That would be why there are no handles on the back of my wheelchair. It's a subtle clue.
I've had people ask about that. "How come you don't have push handles on your chair?"
"Because I don't want anyone to push me," I say.
Simple. Straightforward. No hidden meaning there. If other people want to be pushed I have no disagreement with that. I'm not trying to start an anti-pushing wheelchair campaign. I'm not trying to speak for all people with disabilities.
I was reading a piece today where it says that anyone who speaks as a disability activist or advocate is harming other individual people with disabilities because no one can speak on behalf of all people with disabilities because we are all so different.
I realize that the disability community is diverse. But that doesn't mean that speaking up on issues of common interest is wrong. After all, if that logical reasoning applied, that would discount the value of anyone with a disability ever speaking up. Or in any minority group, for that matter. It would work to keep members of the disability community afraid to say anything on issues affecting us, like health care or voting access or legislation.
Hmmm. That couldn't be what was intended there, could it?
Again, just my insight. I'm not putting it on anyone else. I want to be clear that if anyone else wants to have their chair pushed or disagrees with any of my views on this or any other topic on my blog, go right ahead. Makes no difference to me. But I advocate for equipment to make people as independent as possible, not to settle for being dependent. It reinforces old stereotypes and myths.
Although some may disagree with me, I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't like to be pushed around.