3 Examples of When to Avoid Transferring Out of Your Wheelchair

July 8, 2015 | 10:18 am | By Pants Up Easy

When you’re in a wheelchair, you quickly realize how difficult it can be to transfer off of it. You have to lift yourself up off the chair multiple times per day, and every time it’s a little bit dangerous. You have to be cautious, because one slip might result in a nasty fall.

Considering how perilous transfers are, it’s a good idea to avoid them when you can. Here are three scenarios where you shouldn’t worry about transferring:

At Disneyland

This could really be any theme park, but if we’re going to talk rides, then might as well go with the most recognizable name, right? Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, theme parks must accommodate you so you can get on their rides, or provide you with an equivalent experience. Some rides, like roller coasters, require a transfer. But others, like the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland, can provide you with the same experience without forcing you to evacuate your chair.

When riding public transportation

Public transportation is valuable because it allows anyone to travel long distances for a reasonable price, including those in wheelchairs. You don’t ever have to transfer when boarding public transportation, and busses and trains always have a designated spot near the door for wheelchair-bound riders. For instance, on the Bay Area’s BART subway system, it is required by law for seats closest to the door to be reserved for disabled folks.

But keep in mind, you may need to alert the driver that you need special assistance, especially on busses. Some busses have special features such as “kneeling,” which allows them to lower their frame and give easier access to disabled riders. But the driver can’t activate the feature if they don’t know you need it.

At a special event

Growing up, we always had to get to the movies early because my mom needed to find the perfect spot. Well, here’s one of the perks of being in a wheelchair: you’ll always have access to a great spot. The aforementioned ADA also requires venues to provide accessible seating for wheelchair users. This holds true for sporting events, movie theaters, concerts, live theater productions, parades, etc. And since they realize most people like to attend events with friends, there are almost always some regular seats next to the disabled section, so your loved ones can enjoy the event alongside you.


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