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periodic reminder that:

  • there are lots of reasons why someone might use a wheelchair
  • plenty of wheelchair users are able to walk or stand to some small degree
  • plenty of wheelchair users have fluctuating conditions that mean that their mobility needs and ability changes day by day
  • “wheelchair-bound” is an ableist phrase
  • it’s not appropriate to ask someone why they’re using a wheelchair unless you have a specific need for that information
  • you should never push someone’s wheelchair without permission

Rule of thumb: Think of a person’s mobility aid as part of their body. Would you touch it, take it, or make that comment on it if so? THEN DON’T.