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I Use a Wheelchair -- and I Can Walk

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As a part-time wheelchair user, I have always been afraid that people will assume I cannot walk. Until college, I called my wheelchair a stroller, thinking the label was less likely to imply an inability to walk.

I mostly used a mobility scooter at college, but had my wheelchair on hand. Referring to it as a wheelchair began subconsciously.

My friends would understand that term more quickly than “stroller.” Later, I decided that “stroller” was beginning to feel infantile.

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