“Beyond Limitations!” That was the apparent motto of Donald McNeil, a dear friend and exuberant scooter-user. With his scooter in the trunk and oxygen tanks in the back seat, he visited friends near and far, and enjoyed going to parks, the city, and the beach.
After Donald died, I wanted to honor him in some way. Because of him, I became much more aware of people with scooters or wheelchairs. As I watched their varying degrees of confidence and enthusiasm, I was inspired to interview some of them, record what they said, and tell their stories.
I was moved, astonished, and delighted by the stories I heard. The people I interviewed showed me the freedoms and options that their wheels added to their lives. Restrictions were fewer, scooters and power chairs fit in cars and on airplanes, and they could get around on their own!
These stories offer a fresh perspective to those who feel diminished by physical limitations. Equally important, the stories offer a new perspective to those who view the handicapped as diminished. My greatest hope is that all readers will come to see people in scooters and wheelchairs with new eyes and fewer stereotypes.
Forward Motion is a resource full of possibilities for those who are considering (or already use) scooters or electric wheelchairs. Friends and family will also find it helpful.
Finally, the book is another tool for health care professionals to encourage those clients seeking an added measure of freedom and a broader range of possibilities in their lives.
Vehicles and their respective Companies used in these stories:
Action Arrow by Store with seating system by La Bac'; Sidekick and Sun Dancer by Pride; GVP and P300 by Quickie; J9 by Amigo; Colt by Lark; Excel by Pace Saver; Bronco; Forster 2000; Palmer; Electric Mobility.