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.
An accessible bathroom for people with disabilities provides easy access and comfort, as well as ensuring self-sufficiency and dignity. So what should you consider before fitting an adapted bathroom suitable for use with a wheelchair?
UK regulations largely apply to facilities in commercial or public places, such as hotels, restaurants and train stations, but we can still take tips from their recommendations when looking to plan domestic bathrooms.
As a full time professional Boccia player with four Paralympic medals to his name, David Smith MBE is no stranger to both domestic and international travel. His trips to Spain, Portugal and other European countries are frequent, with occasional trips to destinations that are further afield, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Rio, Canada and the US. Here he shares with us his top tips for travelling as a wheelchair user.