Simply being able to take a few steps can be a huge advantage for getting around your home. Some people are able to use the narrow confines of the bathroom to their advantage, holding on to the sink, walls, or grab bars. Counters may offer some support when standing or walking in the kitchen. But once you venture past the front door, there are no walls for support and your lifestyle will likely require long distance mobility to do what you need to do, be it shopping, visiting family or friends, attending school, or going to work. Many people who have lived with a disability for a long time have found that careful consideration of their mobility needs has been a key to their independence. For some, the solution has included multiple devices–– different environments, different devices––a manual wheelchair in the home, a scooter for work, and even a handcycle for exercise.

 

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