If you are one of the 3.6 million Americans who use a wheelchair, you'll understand the frustration of being unable to customize your ride. Just because you have limited mobility doesn't mean you can't still have fun. Don't settle for a boring, black and metal folding wheelchair: trick your ride out with these three fun features!
Personalized bag/basket: Needing a wheelchair doesn't mean you don't have an active lifestyle. Luckily, 98% of public transportation systems are wheelchair accessible, so you'll be able to get where you want to go safely and easily -- especially if where you want to go is shopping! Carrying bags on your lap will put uncomfortable weight on your legs and will increase the odds of something falling out. Sliding bags over the handles is better, but can become cumbersome if you've got several places to go and several things to buy. Instead, you can get your very own wheelchair bag or basket, customized to your liking. If you do your own grocery shopping, you're going to want something big and sturdy, but if you simply like to go to the library, you can get a messenger bag ideal for holding books. Feel free to cover your bag (even your chair itself!) with patches and stickers describing your interests.
Seat cushions: If you're an active person, you're going to be in your wheelchair for long stretches at a time. Consider investing in a customizable seat cushion to ease your journey -- they can vary from size and shape to color and pattern, so go wild picking one that you'll be happy to sit on or lean on day after day. Buy a few different ones to trade out day-to-day; that way, if one gets too worn or is squished into an unrecognizable shape, you'll have extras to rely on.
Spoke lights/designs: The most delightful personalization for your wheelchair tires, spoke lights can perform two functions: provide fun in a dazzling array of colors, and act as safety lights when you cross streets. Feel the beauty of rainbow lights or let everyone know what your favorite color is -- the possibilities are endless!
Life with limited mobility doesn't need to be drab and boring. You can continue to stand out as the unique and beautiful individual you are with custom wheelchair accessories!