A statistic that often surprises is that, according to most census surveys in developed countries, over 1% of the population is a wheelchair user. I don’t know about you but I most certainly never see, out of every 100 people that pass by every day, 1 using a wheelchair! The reason you never see that is because most wheelchair users are, more often than not, sitting indoors; in places they know and that they are familiar with.
There may be many reasons that they venture out less than others. The principal one is that a serious lack of reliable information about places where they can go with their wheelchairs stops them from taking the “risk”. If something unexpected occurs, it is often a real hassle. So they stay in.
And, this is a real hassle not just for the wheelchair user but also for everyone, friends and family alike, with them. It actually means that everyone loses out. And in the long term, wheelchair users end up having narrower and less rewarding social lives!
Armed with the right information, they might go out more often – and places where they can’t go might actually be encouraged to become more wheelchair friendly.
That is why we started this website.