Am I Being Ableist for Wanting to Use a Wheelchair Instead of Crutches?

Jul 26, 2018

Anonymous asks, quote:

I use crutches and am on my feet a lot because of band camp, which causes my hip to pop out of place. Am I wimpy if I use a wheelchair, or is this my internalized ableism?

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You are not a wimp. Ultimately, walking is not the ideal and you shouldn’t be afraid to do whatever it takes to be safe and comfortable.

Life is way too short to be in pain for the sake of appearances. I encourage you to use a wheelchair or any other mobility aid if it makes you more comfortable. If you do decide to use a wheelchair, I would definitely reach out to whoever is running your band camp to make sure the areas that you need access to are wheelchair accessible.