Warrington Disability Partnership

Why are we "bound" to a wheelchair?

Are you a wheelchair user or are you bound to your wheelchair?

Here's the thing, language is important. What we say influences how we feel and how we behave, obviously. So this plea from a lively columnist in the USA really hit a chord with me as I recalled reading Phil Friend and Dave Rees's superb book "Why are you pretending to be normal" on whether we are disabled or impaired and why it matters. Have a look at the debate about user versus wheelchair bound and see what you think, then why not spend a little bit of dosh on this excellent in depth look at this language thing, I guarantee it will make you think!


And here's the link to that book!


About the author

Mark Wilson was a trustee on the WDP Board for five years, and a social media management lead until 1st May 2017. Mark's personal blogging website, The Blue Badge Blog, covers a wide range of disability issues, particularly accessible travel.

30th March 2016