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Reflective Report of a wheelchair expedition

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´╗┐Wheelchair Expedition- Reflective Report For the wheelchair expedition, a journey was devised around the university campus, so we could compare the journey time when using a wheelchair and without. The journey started at the Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Science building. We decided to visit the Barber Institute of Fine Arts museum, then continue our route to the cafeteria in the University Centre to purchase lunch. As we were taking the wheelchair out of the building we noticed there were automatic doors for disabled access, therefore the wheelchair user found it easy to propel themselves out of the building. As an able body, I would normally take the steps when walking towards the university centre, however, with the wheelchair, we had to walk round the steps and up the slope. The road was very steep so the wheelchair user found it difficult to propel the chair without assistance. ...read more.


Hence, we were faced with another problem of having to use the tipping wheel to free the chair from the snag. Next, we went to the main entrance of the museum and found that there were only stairs and no ramp access for wheelchair users. We just about noticed a small sign on the side of the wall indicating wheelchair access, so we followed the signs around the corner. We noted that it would have taken us ten minutes to gain entry into the building, however since we had the wheelchair, it had taken us seventeen minutes to locate the appropriate entrance. On arrival, we had to use the intercom to contact reception to ask for permission to use the wheelchair entrance. We then had to wait a further seven minutes for a security guard to open the gate. ...read more.


It was also difficult for the attendant pushing the chair to ensure that they were propelling it safely and not getting in the way of other students. This proved quite challenging as a wheelchair user because it would be easier to doge and move the body yourself to get out of the way of others as an able-body, however moving a wheelchair as well as the person sitting is more difficult. From the expedition, I reflected that the time taken to make the journey was significantly greater (ninety minutes longer) than if I were walking. This has enabled me to experience some of the difficulties wheelchair users often encounter in their daily living. I have also noticed that there is a lot of planning required as opposed to a mobile individual, who would typically be able to make a simple journey with minimal effort. ...read more.

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