It’s Not Just A Chair On Wheels | Rachael’s Story
It’s not just a chair on wheels. It’s independence. It’s health. It’s freedom.
This year marked two key moments for Rachael: a move away from home and her first semester at Kansas Wesleyan University, where she studies psychology. While the chair helps her get to class, it also gives Rachael the freedom to do what she loves — making art, spending afternoons in the park, or going to the mall with friends.
Rachael’s disability makes balance tricky, and being on her feet can be painful and exhausting. She needed a seating system that addressed her needs: comfortable to sit in for long periods, light enough for her to lift in and out of her car, and easy to navigate around campus. The problem was that Rachael’s insurance would not cover a new chair, and the out-of-pocket cost was unrealistic.
Our occupational therapists and technicians at the Wheelchair & Posture Seating Clinic evaluated Rachael’s needs and assembled a chair for her using a donated frame. CPRF’s Equipment Fund, meanwhile, covered the cost of other customizations. Light wheels, aluminum casters, and a foldable design make Rachael’s chair uniquely hers.
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