Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Sorry, I don't mean to dwell on stairs, but they've
been a major pain in the ass for the majority of
I was thinking this morning about how I have
never had a friend whose home is wheelchair
accessible. Wait, there was one friend, but he
doesn't count because he is in a wheelchair
too and so of course his place is accessible.
Other than him, I have never, ever, been able
to knock on a friend, neighbor, or family member's
front door without assistance from at least one
able bodied adult. I mean, I was physically able
to climb steps before my accident, but I was only
8 years old when I was injured, and I'm sure
my mom wouldn't allow me to go knocking on
people's doors without an adult with me.
I suppose this might not sound like such a big
deal, and I hope it doesn't sound like I'm whining,
because I'm not, but this iBOT is a huge deal! It's
going to, and already has, changed people's lives!
It pisses me off that every wheelchair user can't
have one. In a perfect world, no one would need
a wheelchair. But since hundreds of thousands
of people do need a wheelchair, and our world
was built for walkers, it's only right that every
person who would benefit from an iBOT should
have an iBOT. There are a wide variety of
reasons why many wheelers don't have iBOTs, but
the number 1 reason is that it's expensive. Most
insurance companies aren't willing to pay for a $23,900
wheelchair when they figure the person can get
by perfectly fine with a $2,000 manual wheelchair.
That's gotta change, but I'm completely clueless
as to how to make that happen.