08 Mar

Wheelchairs

You know what’s really smart? A smart chair. Why is it so smart? Well, if you look at the history of helping the disabled, humans have a pretty poor track record when it comes to making things more accessible.

Let’s start with stairs. There are stairs all over the place! If there is one step up, that means that the building is not wheelchair accessible. It can’t be “kind of” wheelchair accessible. It either is or it isn’t. Having a step up and then a ramp simply isn’t good enough. If you just put yourself in the shoes, or chair, or the disabled you can tell how having just one step up makes the whole building non wheelchair friendly.

 

stairs

wheelchair and stairs

Most businesses recognize this, but some do not. It is obvious that they are just trying to appear to meet regulations or trying to look like they care. If they really cared, they would see that a wheelchair can’t go up stairs. Even ramps are a bit difficult, but at least it is doable.

not accessible

Speaking of ramps, one great wheelchair if the KD Smart chair. The KD Smart Chair is really great. It is powered so that means you don’t have to push yourself up a ramp. Because of this, you can all go off-road a bit. You can’t scale mountains with it, but at least you can fairly easily go out onto a grass field as long as it’s well maintained and not too bumpy. This is great for the wheelchair bound as they can now get more into nature, which has therapeutic properties. According to the Disablity Law Handbook, being in nature has been shown to have a calming effect and help people cope with the stresses of day to day life. Who needs this more than someone recently confined to a wheelchair?

So, I checked out the KD Smart Chair Review – Website and I liked it. Another great feature is that is fold up to be only a few inches wide. That allows you to put it in the car and take it anywhere. If you’re never tried to transport a regular wheel chair or scooter you may not know what a great feature this is. But, it’s really amazing. Scooters are extremely heavier. They are a lot heavier than you would think, especially for the disabled.

smart-chair

Getting them into a car is very difficult and most won’t even fit. Some will fit, but you have to take them apart. Taking it apart, putting it (still very heavy even in pieces) into the car and then taking it out and putting it back together again is time consuming and frustrating. This is especially so if it is really hot outside or raining.

The Smart Chair however requires none of this. You can read about it in the manual for the KD smart chair. You just fold if up and put it in the trunk. You could probably even put it in the main cabin area of the car in most vehicles. This is just another smart feature of this wheel chair.

This is a really nifty thing to check out so I suggest you look more into it. If you or someone you know is looking for a smart electric wheelchair, then I recommend you take this one for a spin. You can buy it online, or go to a local retail store and test drive it. I recommend test driving it to see how it feels and make sure you like it before you buy it.

03 Mar

Here’s How You Know

An Interesting thought that I’ve been thinking about the past few days in thinking about intelligence. When it comes to being smart, or just acquiring and using knowledge, there seem to two forms. Learning can usually be defined as making distinctions. When you learn, you see how things are different. The further you get into a subject, you understand how things are essentially not the same.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, you have what I believe is more even more important. If knowledge is about seeing how things are different, then I believe that wisdom is seeing how things are similar. Seeing how things connect. They say that the wisdom is the application of knowledge, and I agree. But, this statement is not all that useful to me. It doesn’t really provide any logic or guidance as the how to go from one to another. You can apply knowledge incorrectly. That is not wisdom.

So, it seems to me that being smart requires both. You have to have the knowledge, or understand the distinctions. But, you must also be able to make connections to apply that knowledge, too. That’s wisdom.