How Lightweight Folding Wheelchairs Make Life Easier

Lightweight folding wheelchairs are one of the developments which have made the most difference to the lives of disabled people in recent years. The wheelchair has gone through many significant changes since the time it was first mass produced by industrial society, and these changes have been among the reforms which have helped to improve life dramatically for disabled people and those who have to care for them. The combination of new electric power batteries and increased mobility has opened up possibilities which previously did not exist.

The wheelchair has always been a major asset to the disabled, ever since the time when they were produced in isolation, in the days before any manufacturing could be mass produced. The early chairs were made to specifications as part of a special order from the user, and this obviously meant that they were beyond the price which many in society were able to pay. Mass production was able to bring the price of wheelchairs within the reach of many more who needed them, but it was not until the introduction of the subsidized medicine schemes which exist in most developed countries that wheelchair use became common.

The latest developments in wheelchair technology have been highly significant and beneficial ones, as we have seen the development of both folding chairs and effective batteries which last for many hours. The folding chair is a godsend to anyone who wants to move beyond their local area and be able to move about when they get to their destination, as the chair can be fitted into a private car or taken onto an airplane. This is in addition to the enhancements which have been made to trains and buses, allowing the wheelchair user to travel while still in the chair. It has never been easier for the disabled to travel.

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If you want to extend the mobility concept still further, you can consider the lightweight folding wheelchairs which are fitted with motors and electric batteries. These have come a long way since the early days, when the batteries would have been to heavy to use with lightweight frames. New, lithium ion batteries are light and easy to carry, and they offer the user far more distance for the same amount of charge. It is possible to stack batteries on top of the one in use so that the user has a near unlimited capacity, although this is a feature which is only available on the most recent models.

One of the greatest advantages of the new lightweight batteries is that they can be detached from the chair and stored alongside it, with scarcely any addition to the bulk and weight. It is therefore possible to travel virtually anywhere, and then to use the chair to get about the area you have traveled to. You will have a near unlimited range, especially if you take a spare battery. In most areas you can also travel by bus or train, as these have been adapted to take wheelchair passengers.

The use of lightweight folding wheelchairs can revolutionize the life of a disabled person, and there are many models to choose from. If you have not bought one before, it will be best to do your initial research in the Internet, where you can find the greatest variety of chairs and manufacturers, as well as independent reviews from people who have used the chairs. When you have an overview of the market, you can visit retail stores to try out chairs for yourself, or look to buy online. The Internet can be the cheapest place to buy, and there is a huge selection of lightweight folding wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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Army vet who uses wheelchair ranks Charlotte's level of accessibility - FOX 46 Charlotte

FOX 46 Charlotte

Army vet who uses wheelchair ranks Charlotte's level of accessibility
FOX 46 Charlotte
Right now, Congress is looking at changing a key part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some say the proposed bill would burden those who use a wheelchair and make it easier for businesses to put off wheelchair accessibility. FOX 46 asked Don to .

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Old Glen Cove Road annual holiday display is now wheelchair accessible - Vallejo Times Herald

Vallejo Times Herald

Old Glen Cove Road annual holiday display is now wheelchair accessible
Vallejo Times Herald
Old Glen Cove Road annual holiday display is now wheelchair accessible. Bob Taylor carries a handful of extension cords into a web of Christmas lights and decorations at his home on Old Glen Cove Road in Vallejo. The Taylors plan to throw the switch to .

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Omaha Police seek volunteers for handicap parking enforcement - KETV Omaha

KETV Omaha

Omaha Police seek volunteers for handicap parking enforcement
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OPD will hold training classes on November 14th and 18th.

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He uses a wheelchair, but he's the 'happiest kid in the world' - Miami Herald

Miami Herald

He uses a wheelchair, but he's the 'happiest kid in the world'
Miami Herald
Raul's family cannot afford to buy a new handicap-accessible van with a ramp for wheelchairs, and they need someone who can donate one. EURœI want a van with a ramp so I can continue to achieve my dreams and drive around, because I love to get to know .

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Families in need of wheelchair-accessible vans seeking relief - WLWT Cincinnati

WLWT Cincinnati

Families in need of wheelchair-accessible vans seeking relief
WLWT Cincinnati
Now, their family has trouble getting to the hospital for appointments after their handicap-accessible van broke a few years ago. "We've been lifting Evan into a car seat, a specialized car seat, so it's very hard to do. He can't bend very well, he's .

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Elkhart woman builds handicap-accessible dream house - South Bend Tribune

South Bend Tribune

Elkhart woman builds handicap-accessible dream house
South Bend Tribune
In the past several years, she planned and dreamed a house that would make it easier for her and her walker, and perhaps someday her and her wheelchair. The goal was simple: EURœMaking a fully accessible house that I could live in the rest of my days if .

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VR artist: 'You need to see disabled people as people' - Crosscut

Crosscut

VR artist: 'You need to see disabled people as people'
Crosscut
I think they're recently phasing out the handicap wheelchair signs to be more of an abled-bodied or active person. When people would see my wheelchair they would automatically think they have to push it. Like 'No, you don't need to push my wheelchair .

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