The off-road wheelchair for CP

Riders with cerebral palsy (CP) use the GRIT Freedom Chair to move beyond the pavement. From wooded trails and grassy fields to obstacle course races and parks, our riders are out in the world, all the time, having lots of adventures! With five different models to choose from, the GRIT Freedom Chair is a terrific wheelchair for CP across a wide range of ability levels.

I love watching him speed off ahead of us on whatever path we’re on, enjoying his own independence and ability to fly.    —Jennifer (Ollie’s mother)    Read more about Ollie

I love watching him speed off ahead of us on whatever path we’re on, enjoying his own independence and ability to fly.

—Jennifer (Ollie’s mother)

Read more about Ollie

You have the freedom to go anywhere and do anything.       I tell people it's like driving a Hummer H1. There's a learning curve, but then you are good to go maneuvering tight spaces…The fact that I have been so rough on it and it still works as well as the day I got it is impressive.    —Tyler    Read more about Tyler

You have the freedom to go anywhere and do anything. I tell people it's like driving a Hummer H1. There's a learning curve, but then you are good to go maneuvering tight spaces…The fact that I have been so rough on it and it still works as well as the day I got it is impressive.

—Tyler

Read more about Tyler

I refuse to live in a world that was not designed to me. I’ve spent my life looking for the right equipment that will allow me to do what I want to do. The Freedom Chair is about being able to do that.    —Aisha    Read more about Aisha

I refuse to live in a world that was not designed to me. I’ve spent my life looking for the right equipment that will allow me to do what I want to do. The Freedom Chair is about being able to do that.

—Aisha

Read more about Aisha

 
The GRIT team is knowledgeable, friendly, and in my case, extremely patient. For those readers who might be put off by the price tag, don’t underestimate how much reaching out to others can help you.    —Brett    Read more about Brett

The GRIT team is knowledgeable, friendly, and in my case, extremely patient. For those readers who might be put off by the price tag, don’t underestimate how much reaching out to others can help you.

—Brett

Read more about Brett

I continue to enjoy my adventures with the Freedom Chair. The past few weeks I have had the thrill of telling friends, family, and community members that I’ve been spending my time doing something that I have never been able to do before, that is moving a manual wheelchair, [the Freedom Chair], independently.    —Nate    Read more about Nate

I continue to enjoy my adventures with the Freedom Chair. The past few weeks I have had the thrill of telling friends, family, and community members that I’ve been spending my time doing something that I have never been able to do before, that is moving a manual wheelchair, [the Freedom Chair], independently.

—Nate

Read more about Nate

I was getting to the point where the walker was more hassle than it was worth, but I needed to sit down and the chronic pain was getting too much… It's priceless to me…I don’t feel “disabled” in it. I feel enabled.    —Angela    Read more about Angela

I was getting to the point where the walker was more hassle than it was worth, but I needed to sit down and the chronic pain was getting too much… It's priceless to me…I don’t feel “disabled” in it. I feel enabled.

—Angela

Read more about Angela

Benefits of the GRIT Freedom Chair wheelchair for CP

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Reduced fatigue

The GRIT Freedom Chair is significantly easier to push than a regular wheelchair. The ergonomic lever drive uses large muscle groups to reduce fatigue and keep you adventuring longer. 

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Low-impact cardio

With our easy-to-push lever system, you can exercise your heart and lungs rather than just your arms. Many riders use it as a low-impact cardio device. Get out and work up a sweat!

Freedom Chair FAQ for riders with CP

How much strength do I need?

Pushing the levers is easier than pushing push-rims, so if you're able to maneuver those, you'll be absolutely fine in the GRIT Freedom Chair. We've also had a number of people who are unable to use push-rims have tremendous success in our chair. Of course, you will need some strength to push the levers forward (in the Freedom Chair, you are the motor), but very little to pull back, as the backward stroke just ratchets and resets for the next stroke.

Some riders, like Nate (see above), use a power chair as their primary mode of mobility, but are able to propel themselves in the GRIT Freedom Chair.

How do I stay secure in the chair? 

The Freedom Chair is a consciously engineered wheelchair for CP riders—in part due to its angled seat and seat back. The seat is angled backward (dumped) 14 degrees from horizontal and the seat back is angled 7 degrees back from vertical. These features keep you secure in a comfortable riding position, even if you have weak abdominal support.

Additionally, the seat belt can be used as a waist or leg strap, for additional safety and security when riding. Some riders with more limited trunk control also enjoy riding with a chest strap, which keeps them upright and centered against the seat back.

 

Have another question? Contact us or check out our more general FAQ.

Read stories from riders with CP

We're here to help

We'd love to connect via email or telephone to go over the GRIT Freedom Chair and to answer any questions you have.

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