Being in a wheelchair is often viewed in a negative way by non-disabled people. Of course, there are challenges and barriers every single day, but we don’t want pity and we certainly don’t want our limitations to be the sole focus. There are so many perks of being in a wheelchair and I’m going to share some of them to show you that it isn’t all doom and gloom. So here are my 10 awesome perks of being in a wheelchair.
1// Skip the queues
No one likes to wait in queues. They are long and boring. Nowadays everyone’s lives move at 100 miles per hour so ain’t nobody got time to wait in line. That’s when being in a wheelchair and having a disability can be a massive perk. You will usually get to skip the queue and fast track your way through. I’ve had this happen at tourist attractions, amusement rides in Disney World, events, airport check-in desks and even airport security. It’s a perk and a blooming well good one.
2// Free PA/carer tickets for events
Attending events and gigs can be expensive. If you are disabled and require a PA/carer to attend the event then you are looking at buying not one, but two or possibly three tickets depending on how many carers you require. This can be extremely expensive and may not be possible for many people to afford. That’s why it is fantastic when venues offer a free PA/carer ticket for disabled people. It is seen as a perk, but really it is essential at the same time. Without our family, friends, PA/carer we aren’t able to attend and enjoy these events like everyone else. I don’t know about you, but I love a 2 for 1 offer!
3// Cinema benefits
Following on from the free PA/carer tickets I wanted to also mention the CEA card for use at the cinema. This card will allow someone who is accompanying you to the cinema free admission. Hey, I don’t mind being a cheap date. It’s easy to apply for the CEA card either online or by completing the form and posting it along with your proof of disability and payment of £6. The card is valid for one year. Great perk!
Another cinema perk as a wheelchair user is access to your very own private accessible booth. Not all cinemas have these, but when they do it’s really cool. Cineworld Silverburn has a private accessible booth that makes you feel like you’re the only ones watching the movie. Can’t get better than that.
4// Private chauffeur
Driving can be stressful and frustrating. I’ve tried it and didn’t like it. I much prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the drive whilst someone else deals with the stress. Having a chauffeur means I get to enjoy the views, reply to emails, work on some blog ideas or simply take a nap. Who doesn’t enjoy a wee power nap in the car? You will always have someone to sing along with to all the cheesy radio songs. You also get to feel like a celebrity with your own private chauffeur at all times. Win-win!
5// Private/accessible loos
There are pros and cons to accessible toilets. The cons are that they are often too small, very limited and sometimes only one in each building or venue compared to the numerous standard toilet stalls. However, the good thing about accessible toilets is they are private. You don’t have to share with other people (at the same time) and hear them take care of business. They are often much cleaner than standard toilets especially if they are RADAR key locked.
6// Shoes always look brand new
Our shoes always look brand new, no matter how old they are. The fact we don’t walk on them means we don’t get them dirty or wear the soles down. We get a lifetime of wear out of them and never need to worry about having to pay to get them re-heeled. Of course, having shoes that look brand new doesn’t stop me from buying more.
7// Constant opportunities to exceed expectations
The public often has a very low expectation of disabled people. That means there are constant opportunities to exceed their expectations, whether big or small. Don’t get me wrong, it can sometimes be patronising, but I try not to think of it in a completely negative way, but rather try to see it in a positive light and shatter their stereotypically low and often ridiculous expectations. They are more than likely not meaning it to be patronising, but instead wanting us to success as there will no doubt be barriers to that success than non-disabled people don’t face.
8// Patience of a saint
Certain aspects of my life are a lot slower since I need help with most things. Having to wait for someone to do something for me, no matter how small, can take a bit of time. They might not be able to do it right at that instant, so I have to wait. Whether it’s getting me a drink, passing me a pen, or any other simple everyday task. There is that old saying “If you want something done, do it yourself“. Well, I don’t really have that luxury, but that’s where I’ve learned the art of patience.
9// Viewing platforms
Attending an event like a music gig at a venue that doesn’t have a viewing platform is a nightmare for wheelchair users. Without a viewing platform, we are not likely to see much if any at all of the gig other than the backs of everyone else enjoying the band or artist on stage. Viewing platforms are a perk for wheelchair users but also a necessity to allow us to have a good view, which can sometimes be better than everyone else’s view.
10// Free parking
Free/prime parking across the UK! What else is there to say.
I’d like to thank my friend Ryan for his contribution to this post. He is awesome so go give him a wee follow HERE! It was fun to share some of our awesome perks of being in a wheelchair. Leave a comment below telling us what your favourite perks of being in a wheelchair or having a disability are.