“Wheelchair Bound”: In Pictures!

"Wheelchair bound" is a commonly used phrase, but what does "wheelchair bound" mean exactly - because wheels are devices used to move, not bind

“Wheelchair bound” is a pretty commonly used way of describing someone who uses a wheelchair. But it’s all wrong.

This is “bound”:

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this is also “bound”

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yikes.

“bound”:

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This is yet another “bound”

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and this is “bound” to a chair!

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another “bound” – oops, getting kinky here!

b5(and that’s what Paul Longmore always said about “wheelchair bound”; that is sounded kinky to him)

Here’s a wheelchair:

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It’s got these round things on them called ‘wheels’

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So the wheel actually liberates the person who rides in it – it’s enabling, it’s access. It’s getting someone where they want to be.

Here’s a person who uses a wheelchair to do stuff he wants to do:

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He’s not “wheelchair bound” – see any ropes there?!

This guy is actually “wheelchair bound”

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He’s got the chains!

This guy doesn’t –

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He’s just a regular bloke who uses a wheelchair to get around. And solve little puzzles related to black holes.

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This guy is “wheelchair bound”!

So, unless we see people who are actually roped in and bound to a wheelchair they are sitting in, “wheelchair bound” is just blatantly inaccurate.

People who use wheelchairs to get around are just that – “wheelchair users,” as in, “she’s a wheelchair user.”

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Originally published on Sept. 15, 2014

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Meriah Nichols is a deaf artist, tech-junkie, Counselor (and sometime teacher), mom (one with Down syndrome), cat-lover, Trekkie, yurt-dwelling off-the-grid farmer's wife. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done.

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