As the Wheel Turns

posted on July 1, 2011 - 4:14pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 3
I have buyer’s remorse. Like most people, my closet contains a few items I never should have bought. A paper-thin broom skirt that was shredded by my wheelchair tires the first time I wore it. A bright red handbag that lacks a shoulder strap, forcing me to choose between clutching the accessory or holding onto my wheelchair every time I exit the ramp of my van. Until now, the majority of my...
posted on January 1, 2011 - 3:55pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 1
Full-time wheelchair users with a hankering to enjoy the great rugged outdoors may find that their standard chairs can’t always take them where they want to go. That’s where these specially designed conveyances can step up to the job. Even extreme locations like the climbers’ camp at the base of Mt. Everest have been reached and conquered by severely disabled people riding in these unusual-...
posted on July 1, 2010 - 11:07am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 3
After 25 years of marriage, my husband, the man who vowed to love me forever, dumped me on Fifth Avenue in New York. I was riding in a manual wheelchair and Jim was pushing me. The light turned green and he shoved my chair into the crosswalk. In an instant, I tumbled headfirst into the intersection and landed in the street. Before the light changed, several people picked me up and plopped me back...
posted on April 1, 2010 - 4:08pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
When considering your summer vacation options, wheelchair accessibility and transportation can be limiting factors. But renting specialized mobility equipment just might give you access to vistas you don’t normally see. And isn’t that what vacations are all about? Hit the road, Jack
posted on October 1, 2009 - 3:25pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is noted as saying, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” For those of us with neuromuscular disease, we know that step may not literally be a physical movement, but rather a plan of action. This past year I had the good fortune of going on a road trip with my parents for an extended stay in Florida. Before we left our Traverse City, Mich.,...
posted on July 1, 2009 - 4:48pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
Life often requires getting out and going places, many of which aren’t wheelchair friendly. But with the right portable ramp or lift, getting from Point A to Point B can turn from logistical nightmare to smooth transition. The benefits of portable wheelchair ramps include ease and versatility of use, and sizes that accommodate hassle-free storage and transportation. Most are lightweight, and can...
posted on April 1, 2009 - 4:16pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
Power soccer wheelchairs often have structural and mechanical modifications.
posted on January 1, 2009 - 3:21pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 1
As advanced as wheelchairs have become in recent years, it still seems they can be improved in function, comfort or appearance.  A growing worldwide industry that caters to the wheelchair accessories market attests to the desire of wheelchair users to make their means of mobility a little bit better.
posted on November 1, 2008 - 10:24am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
Getting insurance coverage for a power wheelchair shouldn’t be a struggle. But Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance denials are not uncommon, especially when high-tech features like tilt-and-recline, seat elevators, power leg lifts and standing features are added. But as the sports experts often say, a strong defense wins championships.
posted on September 1, 2008 - 2:15pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
A kid in a candy shop. That’s the best way to describe how I felt during my recent weekend at the Abilities Expo of Southern California in Anaheim. And not just because most booths gave out Tootsie Rolls and other delights.