Tips for being independent as a wheelchair user
Being a wheelchair user is not easy as it can bring many challenges. But it definitely is not end of the tunnel either. By following certain tips, a wheelchair user can be independent in life.
Being a wheelchair user can be quite challenging. But that is definitely not end of the tunnel. Every person loves to do things on their own without any help or support. But often, a person with a disability will have to rely on someone else for help. By making certain changes to lifestyle, a wheelchair user can start becoming independent in life.
Most of the places around you might be inaccessible or not disabled friendly. Due to this, going outdoors or visiting your friends and family can be an almost impossible task.
Preetha Thonnakkal, a wheelchair user from Kerala says that being independent does not come easy when you have a disability. There are reasons to it.
Look around you, none of the places are accessible or disabled friendly. A wheelchair user has to literally struggle to move around. If you are a women, it becomes even more difficult. Will power is very important. Most importantly, independence to me is being economically stable. If you can earn your living, then nothing like it which helps you boost your confidence and happiness-Preetha Thonnakkal, Wheelchair User.
Here are a few tips for being independent as a wheelchair user
- Adapt to your environment- Try and see how well you can adapt to places around you, especially places that you frequent often. At home, you can create accessible rooms with wheelchair ramps. If you work somewhere, speak to your office authorities to see how your work place can be modified according to your needs and requirements.
- Positive outlook matters- Most of the people tend to think that as wheelchair users, you can do very less when compared to a person without a disability. But that is not the case. It is important to have a positive outlook towards life. Love doing something? Then pursue it. Nothing must stop you because you have a disability.
- Exercise and physical strength matters- Being on a wheelchair does not have to stop you from working out and exercising to have a good physique. Being healthy is equally important to becoming independent. You need strength to lift your wheelchair at places when you are alone. Ensure that you work out regularly and stay fit.
- Ask for help if needed- When you are a wheelchair user, you might need help of other people at times. It does not come easy. Sometimes, you might even be reluctant to seek help. But if needed, never hesitate to ask for help. Understand that it is not a sign of weakness. There are many people out there who would want to help you. If you do not need help, politely decline the offer for assistance.
"Being able to think independently is what matters the most. This can happen regardless of being a wheelchair user. You need not be necessarily physically independent to do something in life. Independent thoughts and a free mind can do wonders to your life", says Vinayana Khurana, a wheelchair user from New Delhi.