Getting to Know My GRIT Freedom Chair

Getting to Know My GRIT Freedom Chair

The ground was uneven in places and had a thick covering of grass and stones. The Freedom Chair with its levers gave me the ability to move around and get close up to take photos. Carrying my camera gear, a tripod and cell phone was tricky, but I managed to make it work. My chair was a muddy mess, but I loved every minute of it. I am excited by all the possibilities this opens for me, and I look forward to sharing my adventures with you.

My First Month with the GRIT Freedom Chair

My First Month with the GRIT Freedom Chair

I have to say that folks heads turn daily while I'm riding around in my "Green Machine." It is exciting to tell them about how I got it, and the great opportunities this company is creating for so many people! Thank you GRIT for this opportunity! The following months will be epic, and I am so excited to share them with all!

Can Independence Become Its Own Limitation?

Can Independence Become Its Own Limitation?

Often the barriers that limit a disabled individual’s independence or access to an activity are manmade. In some circumstances, however, the barriers we face might be those we create ourselves.

The Power of Perception

The Power of Perception

In the GRIT Freedom Chair, as opposed to my standard daily chair, I am not viewed as an individual struggling to get by. I am viewed as someone driven, able, and powerful. This change in perception will not only influence positive self-image, it can promote social change as well. If an individual with a disability can be seen as strong instead of weak, that opens up opportunities for them. Instead of people assuming what they CAN’T do, they start to think about what they CAN do.

Lake Chelan: Seated Equalization

Lake Chelan: Seated Equalization

This summer I was able to combine two modes of seated activities -- boats and wheelchairs -- in an epic adventure. In this way, I could enjoy the things I love, be a part of an adventure that may have otherwise excluded me, see new areas, and spend time with family members I don't often see.

Tandem Trailblazing

Tandem Trailblazing

After years of practice -- honing a method and building trust, Ted and I have reclaimed our previous pastime of outdoor activities.  We can be found many weekends either tandem skiing or tandem hiking. Tandem does not mean a free ride.  Tandem hiking requires working together as a team.

Wheelchair Camping for the Modern Adventurer

Wheelchair Camping for the Modern Adventurer

When I lost the use of my legs, I thought I had also lost the wilderness in my life.  With a concentrated effort of creativity and flexibility, along with a good dose of humility, I found my way back into camping again.  After years of experimentation and adaptation, I finally found a set-up that works for me. 

A Community Freedom Chair for the North Quabbin

A Community Freedom Chair for the North Quabbin

we're thrilled to announce that there is now a "Community Freedom Chair" available in Orange, MA that individuals can use to explore the expansive network of trails in the region. It's all thanks to a local organization called the North Quabbin Trails Association who rallied their community to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of their mobility level.