Inappropriate Questions for Wheelchair Users

‘What happened?’ is a common question wheelchair users often hear. There are many inappropriate questions for wheelchair users, because a much of society isn’t sure how to talk to people in wheelchairs. In this animated video, I share my own experiences, that are similar to others with a spinal cord injury who use a wheelchair. For anyone who’s spent any amount of time in a wheelchair, you know that it’s common to get asked lots of questions, often inappropriate. Understandably, people can feel awkward or uncomfortable, which can lead to some equally awkward or uncomfortable questions or conversations. Nearly every day, I have an uncomfortable encounter with a stranger who feels compelled to engage in a personal conversation. I don’t mind interaction, but there are proper and improper ways to communicate with any stranger – especially with someone who is in a wheelchair. When the focus is on my disability, or my living situation, I understand that most people are simply curious and mean no harm. With that said, it doesn’t mean I think personal questions are OK or appropriate. If you enjoyed this animated video about inappropriate questions for wheelchair users, and how to talk to people in wheelchairs, please remember to like, share, subscribe and comment if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback. We hope to see you here again soon!

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