Would Using Wheelchair Help Keep Me Safe During an Autistic Meltdown?
I’m not 100% sure that a wheelchair would meet your needs. Here’s a basic wheelchair on Amazon; it’s 33lbs. Assuming you’re looking at a simple folding chair and not a custom‐built one (those usually start in the thousand‐plus dollar range), that’s what you’re looking at.
That’s a lot of weight to move around and using a chair — even a custom built one — is going to draw a lot of extra attention and create a lot of stress when you encounter inaccessible areas.
I don’t know a lot about autism, but I do know that, for a lot of people with autism, it can take a lot of extra planning and preparing both mentally and physically in order to handle the stresses of everyday life including social situations.
Using a wheelchair is going to make those social situations much harder to plan for and navigate than they already are.
My advice is this: see your doctor about the aches and pains in your joints and also to discuss ways you can avoid injury during a meltdown without the need for something as expensive and heavy as a wheelchair. I would hate for you to go through the stress, effort, and cost of acquiring a chair only to have it not be what you truly need.