When I’m rolling around in my Quantum power wheelchair at iLevel®, people take notice. Whether I’m running errands, roaming around a park, or hightailing through the city, doing so at iLevel definitely stops some people in their tracks. I like to think it’s because they simply haven’t seen such awesome technology in action. I imagine they’re also caught off guard by someone who’s sitting in a wheelchair and elevated. I’m as tall, if not taller, than people who are standing up. Typically, people think of wheelchair users as being low to the ground and physically below them. iLevel changes the game.
I often get questions from people about what it’s like to use iLevel. I’ve always believed it’s important to be respectful of disabled people and not demand that they always answer questions when we’re just out and about in public and living our lives. I also want to educate people about how the technology helps me. I love living life at iLevel and sharing how I use it. I’d like to share some of the most common questions and how I respond to them.
How high up does it go?
A whole foot! And it’s pretty cool because I’m quite short. I’m under 5 feet, so having an extra 12 inches of height can be really handy in several situations.
Is it safe to be riding around in a wheelchair when you’re so high off the ground?
Yes! iLevel uses patented Extra Stability Technology® that enhances safety for transfers, reach, and numerous other activities of daily living. I remember being nervous the first time I ever tried riding around at iLevel. It was a totally new sensation and visual perspective. Now, it feels totally safe and natural.
What do you use iLevel for?
Anything! Everything! I once used it to raise myself up high enough that I could reach to spackle holes in a wall. And I once used it so I could re-decorate the bulletin board hanging in my room. I like to use it at events when tall people stand up and block my line of sight. And I frequently use it to grab boxes from high shelves in the grocery store. And sometimes I just use it because feel like it!
How long have you had a power wheelchair with iLevel?
I got my first one in 2015 and never looked back. I’ve had my current one since 2019 and every day, I love it more.
Do you have a license for that thing?
No, silly! Do you have a license to get around on two legs?
About Emily Ladau: Emily is a blogger and serves as the editor in chief of Rooted in Rights. She co-hosts a podcast and has been recognized as an emerging leader in the disability community. Emily lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants. Click here to learn more about Emily.
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