April 1, 2014

A new film for wheelchair users

Correct wheelchair provision can dramatically improve a disabled person’s function, and quality of life. But not everyone gets the assistance they need. This film has been made to help Britain’s 1.2 million wheelchair users.

The 52 minute film includes best practice in assessment, issues such as pressure relief and posture management, plus broader mobility needs, such as wheelchair accessible vehicles and all-terrain chairs.

The film opens ‘In The Beginning’ with a brief history of the wheelchair, leading into ‘Today’s Chairs’ where the bewildering array of modern wheelchair types highlights the need for targeted expert advice.

After the main title comes wheelchair assessment, emphasising the importance of proper seating provision and support, and including techniques such as pressure mapping. This is complemented by a series of case studies featuring chair users with very different needs and personal ‘journeys’. They include International wheelchair racer, Simon Lawson; disability access expert David Burdus; Katie, a profoundly disabled teenager from Wirral seeking an accessible vehicle; Spina bifida sufferer Karen, who gets to go off-road for the first time, and Scouser Gordon, who - after 25 years – gets to drive independently for the first time – his first solo trip at the wheel is to seek-out a sausage butty at his favourite café!

Tracy Norris Evans, Partner and Head of Withy King’s Personal Injury team, commented; “This has proved an excellent opportunity for Withy King to be associated with what is now the most definitive film ever made on this subject”.

Choosing a Wheelchair from Glory Film Co. on Vimeo.

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  • Glynis Canney says:

    I’ve just watched ‘Choosing a Wheelchair’. How I wish this film had been around eight years ago, then I could have avoided a garage full of obsolete mobility equipment. The film made me realise the importance of getting the right professional support when making equipment decisions, as not only are mistakes costly, they can also have dire ramifications with regards to your health and wellbeing, as I found out to my cost. Becoming disabled after a lifetime of mobility means you have to grapple with this huge learning curve. Films like the Spinal Injury programme and ‘Choosing a Wheelchair’ help to give a better understanding of the process and make you realise there are others out there struggling with the same problems, but these problems aren’t insurmountable. Well done to the producers and sponsors, I’ll look forward to your next informative film with interest.