Accessibility is important to anyone who is disabled; I know that from experience. It makes one’s daily life tedious if you have to search for proper accommodations all the time. This pertains to ramps to store entrances, wide aisles in entertainment venues, plenty of space in restaurants for a wheelchair so I can stay put, and acceptable transportation facilities. While accessibility is not always present, I appreciate when an effort has been made. Fortunately, this is the case in most places in Rhode Island. It is a progressive state with considerable social awareness. I am glad to live here.
So I am not here to complain about my home state, but simply to offer a perspective on a disabled life in these parts. I can easily get around, whether I wheel myself or not, and do the things that most people enjoy. I suspect that there was a time early in the last century, when a wheelchair-bound individual had to become a shut in. Not anymore. The world has changed enormously and stigmas have been destroyed. One of the great advancements for the disabled is metal railings. We put them in our homes, but now you can find them in public bathrooms and hotels (near toilets and showers). I can’t say enough about how welding a few bars together has made a difference in our lives.
Metal railings and other helpful constructions have given people like me more independence. We can roam the world on our own. We used to require accompaniment. I can get on a bus or commuter train, have lunch where I want, use public facilities, and more. I can only hope that this type of ease will be available in more areas. For example, with the installation of a walk-in tub, I don’t need a weight lifter to help me bathe.
Metal fabrication is part of other equipment for the disabled, and you only really need a cheap welder like these ones featured on Rate My Welder to get it done. There are a variety of cleverly-designed stand assist patient transports. As I mentioned, those of us in wheelchairs don‘t always want to depend on caregivers to move about. Even if you do have one, loading and unloading is a breeze. You no longer have to pick up the person for even a short distance. Plus, these transports fit through normal hallways and narrow doorways. Some industrial engineer was really doing his job.
Other examples of metal products for the disabled include exercise equipment for the upper body. There are devices for rotating the arms that can be attached to a wheelchair all the way to portable systems like you might find in a gym. Whether for fun or therapy, these devices have improved our lives and made us healthier.