Freedom Wheelchair Skills founder Stuart Wheeler will be offering sessions for wheelchair users to build their skills at Rise4Disability. We caught caught up with Stuart to learn more about Freedom and what he offers.
Meeting the unmet need
“Freedom Wheelchair Skills was started after I recognised a need for peer-led wheelchair skills training, for people who have a range of disabilities and need to use a wheelchair.”
Stuart had to learn by trial and error. Thanks to online discussion tools such as Facebook Groups, users can now find out little tips from one another, but this is no replacement for some hands on training.
Essential skills that Stuart can pass on to most manual wheelchair users including building an efficient pushing technique, safe turning and reversing, and negotiating camber and rough terrain. Alongside this, depending upon an individual’s ability Stuart can also teach advanced skills including negotiating kerbs, steps and confident back wheel balancing.
Taking the opportunity
There are many more wheelchair users in the country that don’t get the benefits of peer-led wheelchair skills training. Anyone who needs to use a wheelchair should have the opportunity to build the skills they need to be confident and independent in their mobility, which is why Stuart is running sessions at Rise4Disability.