There are certain things I as a wheelchair user wish were common knowledge. These include:
- If I stand up from my wheelchair, it is not a miracle. I, like many other wheelchair users, am capable of standing. I can also walk short distances. It is painful and quickly becomes incredibly painful. It is not a miracle.
- If you think when I stand up it is proof that I don’t really need a wheelchair and I’m “faking it,” you are a terrible person. There are more reasons to need a wheelchair than a spinal cord injury resulting in total paralysis.
- I realize that you are trying to be nice and I do appreciate that, but it is really not necessary to dart in front of me to open a door. I got this. All you’re really doing is slowing me down by blocking part of the door and putting your toes in danger.
- Honestly, #3 isn’t that big of a deal, but the person who forgets #1 and #2 is in danger of going through the rest of his life living with the shame of having had his butt kicked by a guy in a wheelchair.