cripple-fabulous:

Girl in a wheelchair: Don’t touch wheelchairs without permission

realsocialskills:

Touching someone’s wheelchair, or other mobility equipment, is a really big deal. You shouldn’t ever do this without permission.

Part of the reason this is a big deal is that most mobility equipment users experience their mobility device as part of their body. It’s…

This means don’t push people’s chairs without permission (unless they’re in danger). It’s demeaning when someone assumes that I cannot propel myself on my own and that they need to invade my space to “help” me. Always ask before you touch and don’t get angry if the wheelchair user says “no”.

This. Violence against wheelchair users isn’t ok.

(Pushing a chair user against their will is a violent act. Everyone knows that pushing or carrying a nondisabled person against their will is violent. People need to get this about chair users, too.)