It is time some folks learned a bit of common courtesy. Touching a wheelchair without permission, or worse, pushing someone's wheelchair unexpectedly, is the same as literally just shoving an able-bodied person. It is not a matter of owing it to some stranger to be “grateful” for treating me like a child who needs rescuing from myself. ASK someone if they want help, just like you would for someone not in a wheelchair. Then, respect their answer. Wheelchair users are regular people deserving of regular courtesies. We are out and about because we can be — not because we are hoping for a would-be hero. An adult wheelchair user is an adult first. Treat us as adults.

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