Scooter Transportation: A Chicken or Egg” Problem?

When my wife and I decided we had to do something to make transporting my mobility scooter easier, we quickly encountered a chicken-or-egg type of problem. At the time, she was driving a Ford Focus. Though the scooter easily breaks down into four pieces that fit neatly into the trunk (but with no room for anything else), lifting each piece over the wall of the trunk to get it in became an issue. If we went shopping and made four or five stops that meant my wife was having put the strain own her back muscles 8-10 times a trip. Besides this impact on her, the trips became less enjoyable as I didn't want her to have to unload and load the scooter so many times. I often opted to sit in the car rather than put her through the hassle. We [...]

Guns & Roses: How Firearm Control Affects the Disabled

There's no doubt in my mind that Congress is going to get into a shootout over gun control in the coming weeks and months. As is all too common, the disabled probably won’t have much of a voice even though firearm legislation affects them more than most. The reality is that the disabled are especially vulnerable to violence, gun-related or otherwise. On the other hand, they also stand more to gain from the protection of a personal weapon like a firearm. The controversy on Capitol Hill hasn't prompted me to rush to the nearest gun store so I can start packing heat, however. I remember target practice with a .45 caliber automatic pistol when I was younger. It packed quite a punch! At this age, seated on a mobility scooter, I doubt [...]

How to Self-Fund Your Mobility Independence

Mobility issues in 2013 may take some dramatic turns as future needs and declining federal monies collide with baby boomers’ increasing frailty and the obesity epidemic. The demands for broader insurance coverage, changing technology and inordinate spending for institutionalized care may make self-funding solutions a more and more necessary option. Government safety nets work for now, but we may not always be able to rely on them. It never hurts to have a backup plan. I have spent a lot of time price-shopping for mobility scooters and honestly it is not as bad as you might have been led to think to aid your own mobility when it becomes evident your independence is being challenged. You can start by setting aside a $5 bill once [...]

Charging Stations and Traffic Rules Proposed in Macon

Macon-Bibb County in Georgia, the country’s first “Age-Friendly Community” according to the AARP and the WHO, has proposed new legislation to help motorized wheelchair and mobility scooter users navigate city streets. In this article by Jim Gaines of Macon.com, he writes that City Councilman Frank Tompkins isn't taking the AARP title for granted; as a strong advocate for the disabled, he is asking for four charging stations for mobility aids in high traffic areas of downtown Macon. This will allow for electric wheelchair and mobility scooter users to make a brief pit stop to recharge before setting back out in the city. Gaines is also proposing some laws to help keep scooter and wheelchair users safe on the streets of Macon. Traffic [...]

Independent Living Centers

It’s been over a half century, but I remember when... Each individual living with a disability faced his or her own challenges largely on their own. They had unique problems and it was difficult to know where to turn for assistance or even advice. Independent Living Centers were created specifically to handle that issue. They exist in every state. If you have never visited one, you should consider it, especially if you have a disability. You may find the help you need in dealing with all sorts of issues. Whether the one closest to you is an ILC or a CIL (Center for Independent Living), you will find they are community based, cross-disability oriented and non-profit and they are operated by people who have their own disabilities. [...]

Accessibility: Talking a Good Thing

There is a lot of talk these days about mobility scooters and power wheelchairs improving quality of life and assuring independence for the mobility-challenged allowing them to go when and where they want. If only that were completely true... Many of us live in older cities where Americans with Disabilities Act (enacted two decades ago) changes move at the speed of molasses in both public and private sectors. It is the small things that ruin a mobility scooter excursion; sometimes the tiniest obstacle can obstruct the biggest journey. Most just require the rider to take a dangerous detour or make a minor traffic law violation. Others are practically impassable. Here are a couple examples in the public sector where I have contacted [...]

Let’s Give Love and Support!

It is difficult when a family member loses mobility as they progress through their lives. It is even more difficult when your loved one feels that they do not need a scooter or wheelchair. The fear and worry when they are home alone results in unhealthy anxiety and stress for you. A good friend of mine is a mother of three children and a special education teacher in Pennsylvania. She juggles a lot of commitments and stays active with her large extended family that lives in the area. She is also experiencing what many people go through; the regression of a family member’s physical ability. This is a tough experience to deal with for both my friend and her family member. So how can she approach a loved one about this issue? I think [...]