The great thing about the outdoors is that no matter what time of the year it is, there is always something to do. Sometimes you have to adapt to the weather or the temperature in order to properly enjoy things, though. Luckily, my GRIT Freedom Chair is a versatile, all terrain wheelchair. It allows me to enjoy all types of activities no matter what the seasons throw at me.
“I have always believed (and this has been strongly re-enforced by a progressive disease) that if there's something that you love to do and you can somehow do, then you should do it now. With disability, the idea of what you can do must be creatively and flexibly supplemented with different ways of doing things and with adaptive tools, such as the Freedom Chair.”
"It’s priceless to me. I can’t drive, and just to have that little extra sense of speed seems to make some type of difference. I don’t feel 'disabled' in it. I feel enabled. I do feel empowered . . . Things I would put off, now that I’m in my chair, I’m OK. It’s like a modern day chariot. I get tons of compliments on it from the bus driver to people on the street.
We camped at Snaring River, where the only sites available were a couple of walk-in sites. We grabbed one and used my wheelchair to help carry the large and heavy car camping gear. After several trips down a medium-packed gravel path, we ended up enjoying what was probably our best – most private and best view, not far from a flowing river – campsite of the trip.
Those of us who use manual wheelchairs are often forced to accept certain environmental limitations. Whether it’s broken pavement on a sidewalk, missing curb cuts, steep hills, or simply rough terrain, necessity forces wheelchair users to become experts at navigation. On the flip side, however, new accessible technology also means that these types of challenges can be overcome. More specifically, thanks to the dedicated work of a group of engineers, there’s now a wheelchair designed especially for off-road terrain: the GRIT Freedom Chair.
In her new series, IT'S A GRIT LIFE, Nerissa shares how the GRIT Freedom Chair helps her to continue engaging in her favorite activities and living a life of adventure. In today's episode she talks about using the Freedom Chair on a recent camping trip!
We at GRIT believe that finances shouldn’t limit your access to the equipment you need to reclaim your active lifestyle. Because of this belief, we work hard to help each individual find the funds they need to move beyond the pavement. In some cases, a grant may be the best option.
Would I recommend the Freedom Trail to a wheelchair user looking for an activity to do in Boston? Absolutely! In spite of the barriers in my way it was still an enjoyable day and a fascinating trek. Above all, do not let the fear of obstacles stop you from an adventure! After all, it's when things don't go right that you come away with the best stories.