Activities for wheelchair users to do this holiday season
Holiday season is here. This is the perfect time to spend outdoors with family and friends. But for wheelchair users, this can be a little difficult due to lack of accessible public places. Here are a few fun activities you can plan for the upcoming week with your loved ones.
Holiday season is the perfect time to spend family and friends. Christmas just got over and everyone is gearing up to welcome the New Year with excitement. It is always fun when you get the chance to go outdoors with your loved ones. For wheelchair users, this is not always easy due to accessibility issues at our public places.
But lack of disabled friendly places and inaccessibility must never be a reason to stop you from doing things that you want. By doing a little planning, you can have fun with your people at some great places in your city.
Vinayana Khurana, a wheelchair user from Delhi is a writer and poet.
This weekend, I will be going to Dilli Haat with my school friends. We plan a reunion every year during winter. We chose Dilli Haat because it is accessible for me as a wheelchair user. I’am not a fan of going to malls- Vinayana Khurana.
Here are some fun activities for wheelchair users to do this holiday season
Shopping malls– When you think of fun and accessibility together, shopping malls are the first thing that comes to the mind. In today’s times, most of the cities have shopping malls. Government rule states that all malls must have wheelchair ramps and it is mandatory. Best part about malls is that they have shops, theatres, food courts and games, everything under one roof. So make the best out of it.
Galleries and museums– If you are an art lover, then galleries and museums are something you wouldn’t want to miss. Browsing through an art gallery or museum can be informative. If you know the accessible ones, you can even check them out alone. So your visit can be solitary or even social with your friends.
Parks– All the cities across India have some great parks where you can sit and spend your time with nature and greens. This has a great therapeutic effect too. You can even plan for a one day picnic to the park if the weather is good.
Travel– Most wheelchair users still confine into the four walls of their home thinking that they cannot travel. But once you do it only will you realise how muchit is. With a little bit of planning, travel can be made fun with friends and family. There are plenty of wheelchair friendly options available in most of the places around the world.
“I will be working throughout the week. So I have planned only for a mini vacation since my sister is also in town. I love going outdoors with friends. We usually choose malls. Going to most of the places is difficult due to lack of disabled friendly public places”, says Anjali Sunny, a wheelchair user from Kerala.
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