How Do I Teach My Friends Proper Wheelchair Etiquette?
Everytime we’re out I’m given everyone’s handbag. Like a human coat rack? From the sounds of it, even if you weren’t in a wheelchair this would be rude.
Here’s how I would explain this to your friends: your wheelchair should be treated as a part and extension of the rest of your body. Surely they wouldn’t pick someone up, throw them over their shoulder and carry that person somewhere against their will, so why would they move someone’s chair against their will? It’s super messed up.
In that same vein, they shouldn’t treat your wheelchair as a handy place to put stuff. Again, you’re a person, not a coat rack.
And if I might take a minute to be super honest here, the kind of behavior your friends are exhibiting is a giant red flag. Who the fuck makes the one friend in a group of friends hold everyone’s shit? That’s not friendship, that’s a trope from Mean Girls and if I were in this situation, I would definitely be reevaluating my friendships.