“It did exactly what I wanted it to! The big difference is my ability to get around the urban areas without keeling over. I’m getting into downtown Chicago more than I used to.”
"I was able to roam freely at our annual Arts for All Festival, and tour the event booths for the first time in 6 yrs. I saw many old friends for the first time in a long time, and am very grateful for my Freedom Chair which made it all happen . . . It takes some getting used to, but restores much of the independence that has been missing in my life."
"Being able to move and be active outdoors with the people I love! It's an amazing tool that has allowed me to do more of the things that I would normally miss out on because of my intense chronic pain that is made worse by walking. It's so life giving to have some independence and freedom to explore outdoors in my chair!"
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.