Adventure is necessary for wheelchair users

Getting outdoors is considered significantly important to our mental health and wellbeing, and for many of us in a wheelchair, it’s even more so. Angie Lupe lives in Troy, NY, is a veteran of the Iraq war and now restricted to her chair. But Angie is used to getting out and about, and being an… Read more »

Getting outdoors is good for you

Getting outside matters! But it can feel overwhelming to embark upon an adventure, or trying a new sport, without skills, training and knowledge. We hear of many Magic Mobility powerchair users actively participating in all kinds of therapeutic recreation around the world. Our chairs provide no barrier to participation, access or performance. So, we’ve taken… Read more »

OTs should Challenge Occupational Deprivation

Occupational Therapy Australia’s recent position paper spells out why OTs are professionally obliged to challenge policies, practices, and funding regimes that deny people meaningful occupations of their own choosing. For people stuck in the wrong wheelchair, the inability to get out and occupied with meaningful activities can have serious consequences. According to the OTA’s position… Read more »

Getting Outdoors is Therapeutic

Evidence is mounting that time spent outdoors, getting into nature, can have the same therapeutic benefits as expensive drugs or counselling. Lots of people tell Views from the Chair that their ability to enjoy nature in an indoor/outdoor wheelchair is important to their health and wellbeing. But wheelchair funders often dismiss outdoor recreation as an… Read more »

Views from the Chair Speaks out about Mental Health

Tom, 51 from Washington USA, is an active lover of the outdoors who contracted ALS several years ago. Tom became depressed because he was stuck indoors, as his powerchair couldn’t take him where he wanted to go. It negatively impacted his mental health. Tom agreed to help Magic Mobility with a study into the connection… Read more »

Using a powerchair to take your life back

John’s story about his powerchair – “I’m getting out into the woods to fish like I always did.” John Dean’s favorite fishing pond is deep in the woods of his hometown of Hinesville, Georgia, USA. It’s a trek to get to it, and known only to the locals. John’s been a keen fisherman all his… Read more »