I’ve been using a wheelchair ever since I was a little girl, so I know what I like and dislike about power chair technology. When the time came for me to get a new power chair, I knew what I wanted because of all the features the chair offered. We all have our favorite features, so let me tell you what my favorite features are on my Quantum Power Wheelchair, which is an Edge® 3 with iLevel® technology.
Recline and iLevel on My Quantum Power Wheelchair
My Edge® 3 is equipped with the ability to recline back. When I recline, it helps take the pressure off the lower part of my body, preventing me from getting pressure sores.
When I am elevated 12 inches at iLevel, I am at eye level with my peers and my family. When I used a power wheelchair without seat elevation, I was always in the lowered position. Everyone had to either look down at me or bend down to my level. I feel like iLevel gives me a more independence. I’ve been given a lot more opportunities.
Seeing and Being Seen with LED Fender Lights
The fender lights on my Quantum power wheelchair made a huge difference. I can see better at night with them. One time, I had just gotten home from doing errands with my parents. I was driving towards the wheelchair ramp that leads into the house, when my mom asked me why I was driving into the grass. I thought I was already at the ramp but then I felt my wheelchair hit the grass. The bad thing about the wheelchair ramp is that it’s black so it blends in with the darkness and I couldn’t see it. Now, with my LED fender lights, I can always see and be seen.
Going Fast in My Quantum Power Wheelchair
I love how I can go really fast. When I’m elevated at iLevel, up to 12 inches, I can drive at speeds up to 4.5 mph. I love how I can race everyone and get to my destination quickly, sometimes even before my friends and family.
Seeing What’s Behind Me with My Backup Camera
Last, but certainly not least, is the Quantum backup camera. It’s my ultimate favorite thing. I use it every single day. I keep it on so I can watch my surroundings and see what’s going on behind me.
About Zoe Hernandez: Zoe lives in Meriden, Connecticut. A Quantum® brand ambassador, Zoe attends Abilities Expos and speaks with people about her disability. She is currently enrolled in college and hopes to work in a community one day with people who are just like her. Click here to learn more about Zoe.
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