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Famous People That Use or Used Wheelchairs in the Past

Synopsis: A list of well known and famous people who use or used wheelchairs since birth and later in life due to disabilities.1

Author: Disabled World Contact: Disabled World (www.disabled-world.com)

Published: 2017-11-10 Updated: 2020-12-18

Key Points:

Today, there are many types of wheelchairs, and they are often highly customized for the individual user's needs.

A mobility scooter is a motorized assist device, but with a steering 'tiller' or bar instead of the joystick found on wheelchairs.

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A wheelchair is a wheeled mobility device in which the user sits, propelled either manually or via various automated systems. Wheelchairs are used by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, or disability. The earliest record of the wheelchair in England dates from the 1670s.

Today, there are many types of wheelchairs, and they are often highly customized for the individual user's needs. Types of wheelchairs include Beach wheelchairs, Sports wheelchairs, Electric wheelchairs, and Manual wheelchairs.

A smart wheelchair uses an artificial control system which augments or replaces user control. Its purpose is to reduce or eliminate the task of driving a motorized wheelchair. Smart wheelchairs usually employ sonar, infrared sensors or laser rangefinders to detect obstacles and to ensure that the platform does not collide with them.

A mobility scooter is a motorized assist device, but with a steering 'tiller' or bar instead of the joystick found on wheelchairs.

Adapting buildings and surroundings to make them more accessible to wheelchair users is one of the key campaigns of disability rights movements and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

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Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Disabled World. Electronic Publication Date: 2017-11-10. Last Revised Date: 2020-12-18. Reference Title: Famous People That Use or Used Wheelchairs in the Past, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/famous/wchairs.php>Famous People That Use or Used Wheelchairs in the Past</a>. Abstract: A list of well known and famous people who use or used wheelchairs since birth and later in life due to disabilities. Retrieved 2021-02-25, from https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/famous/wchairs.php - Reference Category Number: DW#511-13106.