What I learned on B and I’s outing tonight.
* Pushing him in a wheelchair is a complete body workout.
* Sidewalks in bad condition need repaired/replaced. Sidewalks with areas of broken concrete, or areas where tree roots have pushed up a section at a seam are very difficult to navigate.
* Handicap doors - the ones you push the pad to open automatically - need to remain open 15 seconds longer.
* The ‘ramps’ to cross the street need to be at less of an incline. The footboards scrape, making it impossible to go down them forward. The anti-tip bars make it hard to go down them backwards.
* You have to walk like a penguin when pushing a chair with anti-tip bars.
* Or, anti-tip bars need to have a cover on them so you don’t crack open your ankles hitting the interior and exterior screws. I busted open both ankles. One while walking, one while turning him around to go backwards down a ramp. Lovely.
* People are (in our experience tonight ) generally not respectful of one’s needs in a wheelchair. For instance, rushing ahead of us to go through a door - not to hold it for us, but because they didn’t want to wait for us to maneuver to get through it.
Hold doors, smile, say hi, and teach your children to do the same. Please.
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