I attended a school for physically disabled children until the end of second grade and was then mainstreamed to a public school within our local district. For all I know, they worked like chains, too, in deep snow. It's been known to happen, on occasion, but I think it's been a rarity. First, I'm up for all questions; I'm not easily offended - one of my intentions in starting this thread was to hopefully answer some of the questions that people might otherwise be uncomfortable asking.
I find that random folks on the street either come up and ask me questions, or stare at me as though they had questions bouncing around in their heads, so I'm gonna open this thread to answer any questions that y'all might have about my experiences as a paraplegic female in the NYC area. Maybe it sounds silly, but I've always wondered: do you know the jokes about paraplegic women? Have we succeeded in making handicapped access nearly universal, or is it sort of a token effort that you wish was more thorough? (I'm sorry, but this question has always been in my mind, I hope it isn't painful, spiteful, or rude etc) Ever use an electric wheelchair? I have to admit to being curious about what small children do. The reason for that is, I think, because I was taught from a young age to assert myself. I think that a serious (as opposed to a token) effort has been undertaken, although wheelchair access (my focus, as opposed to access for the hearing-impaired/blind/etc.) is, I think, far from being universal. So long as someone doesn't outwardly attempt to be an ass, I'm not gonna take offense. I actually have a lot of friends - I've always been a very social person, since I was a little kid.
“They just waited for me to move up like everyone else moved up.” It was a moment of incredible, touristy normalcy, provided by a bit of practice–and the Phoenix exoskeleton.
Created by the Berkeley-based company Suit X, the Phoenix is a 27-pound, ,000 robot frame that can allow paraplegic people to walk.
And maybe most importantly, “it feels like you’re actually walking,” Sanchez says.
A long time collaborator on the Phoenix project, he says competitors made him feel like a robot had hijacked his lower half.
11 years later, with no miracle surgery to speak of, he stands like any other tourist in line at the Vatican.“I had this awesome robotic suit on, and nobody cared,” he says.
That bounces off of me - I'm used to people looking at me a little longer.
ok, having answered that- how do you prefer people (in particular, men) to address you? what I mean is this- the hypothetical guy is taller than you when standing, obviously. Yeah, I date - I've mostly dated able-bodied guys, save for my first "boyfriend" (who has the same disability as I) and another one who happened to be hearing-impaired. I obviously can't get over snow piles and such, but I can manage a bit of snow on the ground - like what's left on the sidewalks after people shovel. Well, I know that I spent a lot of time in the hospital when I was a small child, having orthopedic surgeries and such, so I don't remember how much need I had for a chair.
I am, in effect, a paraplegic, although I can feel some areas of my legs and have some strength in them. When I was a small child, I could either crawl or haul myself around on my butt using my hands to propel myself along the floor.
A manual wheelchair is my primary means of getting around. I've seen chairs here in the Twin Cities that had big knobby rails, kind of like sailing ship's wheels, for use while wearing gloves. (I've wondered because I've never once noticed a paraplegic child in public.) Whaddya mean, not this one? When I got to be school age, though, I needed to start using a wheelchair simply for mobility purposes - I can't hold myself up well enough to get anywhere effectively on crutches.Even still, its specs might not sound so impressive on paper. Wearers still need to use crutches or a walker to balance.