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I Am Not 'Wheelchair-Bound'

I’m an ambulatory wheelchair user. I am not “wheelchair-bound,” and many people who are wheelchair users, whether it be their permanent aid to getting around or occasional form of transportation, detest the term “wheelchair-bound.” We are wheelchair users.

The term “wheelchair-bound” brings illustrations to my mind of being tied up in a wheelchair, and it sounds so restrictive, when in fact, I have found freedom, positivity, lightness, ease, safety and independence through using my wheelchair.

Walking is what’s restrictive for me, as although I can walk, I can only do so for a very short, awkward, wobbly distance. I can’t fall or faint when I am in my wheelchair; it keeps me safe.

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