Personal Narrative: Wheelchair And Sling Simulation

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Wheelchair & Sling Simulations
Chart of Activities completed during the 24-hour time frame The days I spent in the wheelchair and with my arm in a sling, was primarily spent doing all the daily activities I do from showering, applying make-up, household chores, taking care of the dog, and going to school. Everything was more difficult with the sling and even more difficult with the wheelchair. With the sling, I was not able to use my dominant hand that made doing everyday activities difficult, awkward and exhausting. In the wheelchair, mobility was extremely difficult. I experienced many barriers environmentally and physically, it was exhausting.
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That included; being given the same opportunities as people who do not have a disability. I found that people were either accommodating or they just ignored me. Had I not had the help of some of my classmates, I may not have been able to get around easily in the wheelchair. I found it difficult in the computer lab because I could not reach the printer to put my password in so that I could print, and no one offered to help me. I actually had a student (who appeared very young) ask me if I was finished so that they could use the printer and he did not even consider asking me if I needed help even though I was struggling a bit (hello frontal lobe). It is important that someone with a disability be given an opportunity to participate in activities like anyone without any form of discrimination. We need to be as accommodative as possible. Another consideration is making sure that the emotional and physical needs are being meet so they are given the same opportunities as people who do not have disabilities. Physical and emotional wellbeing are important for a person’s functionality. It is ethically important that we are able to participate in work, education, society…show more content…
During the simulation I was stared at, both when I wore the sling and while I was in the wheelchair, which made me a little self-conscious. At first, I felt a little awkward. After a while, I got used to my “new-found culture” and worked through the simulations. I found it interesting that there were people who seemed empathetic and willing to help me and then there were those who chose to ignore me. It made curious as to why? Is it just easier to ignore someone with disabilities more than it is to help them? I have never ignored someone with disabilities, but I can honestly say I will make more of an effort to be helpful in any way I can. Two situations that stand out to me, are a neighbor’s reaction and my husband’s reaction. When I was wearing the sling, my neighbor who I hardly know, was very concerned when she saw me walking the dog and stopped me to see what was wrong and if there was anything she could do to help me. Of course I explained that I was doing this as part of an assignment and I was totally fine. It does make me feel good to know that if I truly needed help she was willing to help me. While in the sling, my husband who would become my primary care giver was a little put out that he had to help me and do a majority of the work, such as making the bed, laundry, preparing a meal etc.… I had to explain to him that if this were a “real-life” situation, I would not be able to

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