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I never imagined what an eye opening experience this was going to be While conducting a simulation in a wheelchair with my partner Chuck I had some very interesting embarrassing exhausting and informative incidents that I can use to my personal and professional advantage I will provide an analysis of skills demonstrated while conducting the simulation along with specific examples to enlighten you on the experience I have taken into consideration the environmental barriers that we experienced along our often-agonizing journey and will present a description of various architectural barriers ecological barriers and transportation barriers Social reactions and personal reactions to the wheelchair experience will be stated thereafter I will conclude with professional implications and strategies that will help people without disabilities enhance their attitudes about people with disabilities Getting oriented with and accustomed to using a wheelchair seemed like it was going to be as easy as getting on a bicycle and pedaling away At the start of our simulation my partner and I didnt fully understand how challenging using a non-motorized wheelchair can be We knew quite well that it doesnt require an astronaut to operate a wheelchair but we sure had some troubles getting acquainted with the basic functions of the wheelchair we were using ie how to apply the brakes properly That made us feel like well lets just say that we didnt feel like the sharpest pencils in the box We rented a wheelchair from a local medical supply store that was fairly new and had only been used once or twice before according to the store clerk When my partner and I set out to begin our wheelchair simulation we both had to grab one armrest from each side of the wheelchair and force it open because it was so rigid At that moment we felt like we might have some problems with the wheelchair while conducting our assignment I began the first four hours of our
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