Let’s face it; we all start out life on wheels. In fact, most parents are quite adept at wheeling around their young charges in strollers and baby carriages. It’s pretty easy to do when they are small. But what about when they grow bigger? Can you imagine wheeling around a teenager in a stroller? That uncut curb that was once easy to bump up is no longer a piece of cake with a teenager on board. Although this example may be an over simplification of the situation, it illustrates a very common problem. We have seen it played out time and time again as children get bigger and make that transition from stroller to wheelchair.
Mom and dad can no longer lift them and those “few steps” that was once easily navigable in stroller become impossible in a wheelchair. It’s usually at this point that we hear comments from parents such as, “We used to be able to travel when he/she was small, but now that he weighs 100 pounds we just can’t do it anymore.” Although I understand the frustration, that’s not exactly a fair assessment of the situation. Travel is still possible, even with a child in a wheelchair.