Reaching higher levels, for example ordering at a café or bar, or trying to reach something on a high up shelf, is one of the common difficulties wheelchair users may experience. Frequently, only horizontal mobility is taken into account, but vertical mobility could be just as important for them. Often this need is perceived as a luxury. However, the ability to rise up in a powerchair has huge potential to increase the user’s quality of life.
In just over two years, adapted padel has become a booming sport, highlighted by the creation of clubs, associations and tournaments throughout the country. This new sport, which allows those with physical and mental disabilities to participate in, is played in a wheelchair, uses racquets and a conventional padel ball, and incorporates modifications similar to those of wheelchair tennis, such as the ball being allowed to bounce twice.
I try to live my life to the fullest the best I can. I try to have a positive outlook on life and surround myself with positive people. Of course, there are many challenges I face as a wheelchair user, but I believe the first hurdle you must get over is the in the mind. Once you have conquered that, then you can deal with other challenges you may face.
I have been modelling for the past year and a half, after I was spotted in Canary Wharf by two model scouts from Zebedee Management and the next day I was signed to the agency.
There are many modern day gadgets and gizmos that can help to make the world increasingly inclusive and interactive for wheelchair users and those with disabilities. From modern technology which allows users to more easily interact with the world around them, to more traditional mobility aids such was walking sticks and crutches, there are assistive devices that can help with almost any type of disability.
David Smith, or ‘Smithy’ (there were a lot of Davids at his school) has been an active contributor to the Sunrise Medical blog for a while now. His extensive experience of travelling with a powered wheelchair meant he could offer helpful updates to our article about travelling by aeroplane with a wheelchair and he has also written a really informative piece on his real passion, Boccia.