2. If you have a personal assistant (PA), you need to buy an extra ticket for them to sit with you at any event.
3. You have to prove to insurance that your current wheelchair doesn't function properly before they'll give you a new one.
4. Cars with hand controls still have normal pedals.
5. If you're slow in front of a crowd, chances are it's not because you're slow, but because the crowd is slow.
6. We don't use stalls other than the handicapped ones in bathrooms because we don't fit through their doors. We don't just go in the handicapped one because there are bars there (which many of us don't even use), so when you use it and don't need it, we have to sit and wait for you to leave (and then you usually feel like crap-as you should). Also, safety bars in bathrooms are not nearly as helpful as being able to fit through the bathroom door.7. You need to give a car rental place 24 hour notice to get a car with hand controls, and there's no guarantee that the car will have the controls on the side of the steering wheel you're used to.
8. ADA accessibility does not work for everyone that uses a wheelchair-having a ramp doesn't mean the doors are wide enough, the light switches are low enough, or that there's no threshold.
9. When the fire alarm goes off, the elevators lock, and you are stuck on whatever floor you were on when it started. You have to wait for firefighters to come get you, and carry you down the stairs-which means leaving your chair behind, then causing a problem once you get to the ground.
10. When you're a minor, you can't make decisions about your disability with schools and ADA issues, but the second you hit 18, your parents no longer can make those decisions and you are in charge of everything-without a transition period.
11. All wheelchairs are custom fit to your body shape and type, including back style and cushions.
12. Insurance doesn't pay for those colored spokes and light up wheels-or for purple metal on your chair
13. Handlebars aren't on wheelchairs so other people can lean on them.
14. Also, just because there are handlebars on your chair, that doesn't mean we need help being pushed.
15. When taking a trip that requires using an airport, add on at least one hour, because you're the first one on the plane and the last one off. That's not including the time needed to request an aisle chair, the transfer involved, and waiting for your chair to come back out of the baggage hold.