Wheelchair! Wheelchair! What? Wheelchair coming through!

Wheelchair! Wheelchair! What? Wheelchair getting on!

Wheelchair! Wheelchair! What? Wheelchair getting off!

Shouts when I’m coming through.

Shouts when I’m getting on.

Shouts when I’m getting off.

Some understand and offer a helping hand. Many pout with the shout and make me feel like I’ve done something bad, it’s really sad.

Wheelchair! Wheelchair!

Stop! There is no need to shout! That’s not what disability etiquette is all about. You don’t shout:

Eyeglasses! Eyeglasses!

Hearing aide! Hearing aide!

Walker! Walker!

My wheelchair is my mobility. Your job is to offer courteous accessibility. I’m not my wheelchair, and I nor my wheelchair need a loud introduction in order for you to function. Here’s a little advice, don’t shout. Please just be nice.

 

Margarita Elizondo is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, producer/host of Wheel Talk Wheel Issues, model, author and an ambassador for the Los Angeles Abilities Expo. She was paralyzed in 2006 after an intruder broke into her home. Now, a single mother of three and grandmother, she pursues a degree in Communication at Grossmont Community College, and works for Axia Management where she designed a wireless phone service for seniors and individuals with disabilities. As Ms. Wheelchair California 2013, she is a strong advocate in the disability community and volunteers for numerous nonprofits. You can follow her @Ms_Hotwheels on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her on Facebook or through www.margaritaelizondo.com.