Reposted from an online article from Jan 16th, 2014 in Wheelchairs
Wheelchair Wheel4 COURTESIES TO EXTEND TO WHEELCHAIR USERS
•If there’s a van-accessible handicapped-parking spot, leave it for a van that is equipped with a wheelchair lift. And be sure not to crowd the van on the passenger side, which is where most lifts are installed.
•Watch for wheelchair users in parking lots. Because they are lower to the ground, people in wheelchairs aren’t as easy to spot when you’re backing out of a parking space.
•Don’t be too helpful. Always ask a wheelchair user if he or she needs help and then wait for a response. “If someone came along and pushed me and I wasn’t ready for it, that person could push me right out of my chair,” says Kelly Merz, who uses a manual wheelchair.
•Keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice in the winter. “For people in a chair, the choice is the sidewalk or the road. If you don’t clear your sidewalks, you don’t leave them much choice,” says Betsy Nolan, whose son uses a pediatric power wheelchair