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This Center has been created for wheelchair users who want to take charge of their life experience.
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Public Attitude Toward Disability. There's no way to avoid having public attitudes impact you. Here is a discussion of some of the issues.

The Experience of Disability: Change of Identity. Cultural views of disability color your sense of self and a sudden disability can foster a far-reaching self-evaluation.

Home Access: Entrance and Doors. Access begins with the door (and its width, approach, ramp, lift, hardware, and type).

Exercise. Chair users, especially, need exercise, both strength-building and aerobic. Exercise programs might include working out at a health club, using a standing frame, and sports, as well as manual wheeling and other daily activities.

Aging and Disability. What will aging mean to the management of your disability? What can you do now to plan for that future?

Home Access: The Planning Process. Things to keep in mind while you are planning adaptations to your home include appearance, using professionals, public and private space, your strength and stamina, the size and features of your wheelchair, dimensions required, and creative solutions to expensive problems.

Bowel and Bladder Management. Management is central to the degree of independence possible in your life. Includes: avoiding constipation, bowel and bladder programs, and catheterization.

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