Wheeled – a poem for International Wheelchair Day

Wheeled I am wheeled. My weightin legs as flesh made solid ashalf dead and halfalive as weakness but I. I – my movement joy. Myleap up jagged kerbs. Myspeed. I trail people; walking –half running. Failing tocatch me. I keep going. I; after your hoursand blisters my battery runsI speed. I swerve. I keepon going.Continue reading “Wheeled – a poem for International Wheelchair Day”

Adaptive Product Reviews: Dog Edition (Julius K9 harness with panniers, jogging lead, dog poo grabber)

…………How do other wheelchair users with limited upper body strength manage to walk your dogs independently? A discussion between a group of disabled people with pets My greyhound is the centre of my life. Getting him was a spontaneous decision that in many ways I probably shouldn’t have made, but I’m still deeply fond ofContinue reading “Adaptive Product Reviews: Dog Edition (Julius K9 harness with panniers, jogging lead, dog poo grabber)”

Adaptive Product Reviews: Wheelchair Edition (Salsa M2)

……….Wheelchair Services have offered my son a Salsa M electric wheelchair. How do you find this wheelchair, and what postural set-up do you use? The parent of a boy with muscular dystrophy asking on a forum for young disabled people I was given this wheelchair by wheelchair services, so I offered to write a comprehensiveContinue reading “Adaptive Product Reviews: Wheelchair Edition (Salsa M2)”

Adaptive Product Reviews: The ‘All My Wheelchairs’ Edition (Kuschall K3, Quickie Helium, Invacare Spectra XTR, Salsa Jive M, Salsa M2)

……….What wheelchairs have you used during your life, and how have you found them? A discussion with other wheelchair using friends Having had an interesting conversation with other friends with progressing conditions, I thought it might be interesting for me to type up my thoughts as an Adaptive Product Review, for other wheelchair users toContinue reading “Adaptive Product Reviews: The ‘All My Wheelchairs’ Edition (Kuschall K3, Quickie Helium, Invacare Spectra XTR, Salsa Jive M, Salsa M2)”

Forced to crowdfund her independence: support Fi’s wheelchair fundraiser

Fi Anderson is fundraising for a wheelchair. To get one that meets her needs, she has to raise £14,125. She’s applied for countless grants, but will still need to fundraise a lot of the cost herself. If you can help by donating, please do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fisnewchairIf you can’t, consider sharing this. Note: I hateContinue reading “Forced to crowdfund her independence: support Fi’s wheelchair fundraiser”

Adaptive Product Reviews – wheelchair edition (phone mount, drinking straw, coffee cup)

……….Excuse me, but what’s the mount attached to your wheelchair called? Another wheelchair user, stopping me in public I didn’t anticipate ever spending my time writing product reviews, but I’m very frequently asked about three things I use on a day-to-day basis. These are the Meru Flexzi 2 phone mount (wheelchair users often stop me whileContinue reading “Adaptive Product Reviews – wheelchair edition (phone mount, drinking straw, coffee cup)”

Five great tips for using London buses in a wheelchair

Having lived in London for three years, I’ve taken a lot of buses. In that time, I’ve been sworn at by drivers, had a woman accuse me of trying to kill her baby, been shouted and sworn at by passengers, and been chased off a bus in tears – all for trying to assert my legalContinue reading “Five great tips for using London buses in a wheelchair”

A Poet in London? Not if you’re travelling by wheelchair!

Building a career as a poet in London is hard enough – doing it while relying on wheelchair accessible public transport is almost impossible The problem with trying to build a performance poetry career in London is that London is a big city, and early-career you really don’t want to turn down any bookings. ThisContinue reading “A Poet in London? Not if you’re travelling by wheelchair!”