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Having to use a wheelchair may have changed your life, but it certainly didn’t end it.

As a wheelchair user, there are plenty of things you can continue to do and enjoy. But you may wonder, “Am I ready to spend a day home alone?” Or “What are some fun activities I can do in a wheelchair?” Or even, “Now that I’m in a wheelchair, what clothes should I wear?”

This series of articles gives great tips and everyday advice on lifestyle issues such as:

  • Fun activities to do from your wheelchair with your family and friends
  • How to grocery shop or perform other activities of daily living from your chair
  • Choosing clothing and accessories that are suitable for life in a wheelchair
  • Developing your relationships with your spouse, children, friends, or dating partner

You will also get tips such as:

  • To minimize spills and keep your hands free, you can buy cup holders that attach to you caster wheels.
  • To determine if you are ready to spend a day home alone, do a test run while someone is still in the house.
  • When you go to the grocery store, choose a time when it will be less crowded.
  • Wheelchair users should typically avoid long clothing items, such as scarves, that can get caught in your wheels.

And if you are looking for events to attend, check out the Invacare “events” page on our main site!

invacare partnership

Free Wheelchair Mission: Moses’ story

Waganda Moses is eighteen years old. He’s the second oldest of eighteen children from a poor family who live in Iganga, a town two hours outside of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. When he was born, he was perfectly healthy; however, at age two, he contracted malaria. He was rushed to hospital where doctors administered an injection. […]

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working with special needs children

A guide to working with special needs children: what you need to know

So, you’re considering a role working with special needs children, or maybe you do and you’re simply looking to enhance your skills and confidence.  Either way, this guide is for you. Children with additional requirements should be entitled to the same amount of care, support and learning opportunities as their non-disabled peers, but working with […]

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healthy active lifestyle

Top 5 tips for a healthy, active lifestyle

Being physically healthy and mentally healthy are two separate things, but both equally important.  Whilst physical health generally depends on two main things: a reasonable amount of active movement and a balanced, well-considered diet, feeling mentally healthy requires one to be in tune with their body, mind and soul, and take steps to figure out […]

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activities for disabled

Our top activities for disabled people

Finding accessible and inclusive tourist activities around Europe can prove quite a difficult search if you are disabled.  Attractions promise access on their websites, only to disappoint once their disabled customer has arrived, and some aren’t quite there yet in adapting their offerings. So, here is a small list of indoor and outdoor activities around […]

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Understanding physical disability.

Understanding physical disability – lessons in understanding physical disability from a wheelchair user

Disability is a term that has so often been misunderstood and misrepresented by the societies we live in.  To give you a definition, a physical disability is a limitation on a person’s physical functioning, mobility, dexterity or stamina. Other physical disabilities include impairments which limit other facets of daily living, such as respiratory disorders, blindness, […]

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Wheelchair for Backpack

Trading Wheelchair for Backpack

We are on our way to Machu Picchu with Janis McDavid. Without his wheelchair. Janis is travelling across the Peruvian Andes in a backpack on his friends’ backs.  Or in a saddle. Or on a zip line. Can this possibly end well? Will they reach their destination? In any case they still have to overcome […]

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garden chairs for disabled

Garden chairs for disabled – a guide to gardening

As spring starts to (finally!) bloom, many of us start thinking of sunshine and outdoor activities.  If you have the outdoor space and green fingers, gardening may be a hobby that you really enjoy in these warmer months, but gardening when you are disabled can often become more of a chore than good fun.   […]

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Four accessible things to do in Bangkok.

Over the past few decades, Thailand, and in particular Bangkok has become more and more of a popular destination amongst tourists. Gone have the days where most Europeans would only consider the likes of Spain and France as go-to holiday destinations. With flights to South East Asia becoming ever increasingly more reasonably priced and hotels, […]

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Adventure with Good Friends

Adventure with Good Friends

This is the story of a wheelchair user who leaves his wheelchair at home to fulfil one of his dreams at a height of 4,600 meters. Read part 2 of the extraordinary young man’s extraordinary trip: Janis McDavid on his way to Machu Picchu. An adventure that you will not find written in any barrier-free […]

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Janis McDavid – Thinker, Fighter, Doer

Janis McDavid – Thinker, Fighter, Doer

An empowerment that breaks barriers Nothing can stop the bundle of energy that is Janis McDavid. Whether as a world traveller and student, a writer or a motivational speaker: Whatever the 26-year-old sets his mind on, he will pull it off as he is convinced that “Boundaries begin in your head”. With this attitude, McDavid […]

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