- Gender: Male
- Condition: Cerebral Palsy (Spastic Quadriplegia)
- Prior Device: Mobility Scooter (Pride Victory 9)
- Main Use: Work, Shopping, Outdoor activities with family
What’s your story?
I was born with Cerebral Palsy and have been using mobility devices since I was five years old. As my mobility gets more difficult, I’ve needed more out of my supports. Now I use my power scooter or power wheelchair more often than my canes.
I work as the Director of Wright State University’s Office of Disability Services, which obliges me to travel all over campus to different meetings and events. I’m on the board of the local Access Center for Independent Living. I also have a young toddler at home that requires constant supervision – which means I need to be as mobile as possible.
Why did you choose Model M power wheelchair?
I chose Model M power wheelchair because of its accessibility and approachability – the unique design of the Model M intrigued me the most. The Model M’s range is also important to me as it’s not uncommon for me to wheel nine to ten miles a day.
What do you like about Model M power wheelchair?
The sleek design and tight turning radius are the most desirable parts of the Model M power wheelchair. I also love the motorized seat that allows me to pull myself closer to any table surface, this is especially helpful in my job when entering a room with a conference table.
How has the Model M power wheelchair impacted your life?
Since the very first day of using the Model M power wheelchair, I have had strangers approach me to ask what the device was; some were unsure if it was even a wheelchair. Many conversations focus around how it looks less like a medical device and more like a fashion accessory. I have been struck by how people approach me differently, and in many ways, I believe Model M is truly reducing the stigma associated with using a mobility device such as a wheelchair.
This innovative power wheelchair complements our family’s on-the-go lifestyle with its compact design and flexibility. The fact that we can transport the Model M in our Subaru Forester without any vehicle modifications and still fit my 2 year old son and wife is impressive. We now have the ability to attend outdoor festivals and fairs that often have very uneven and sometimes difficult terrain; the Model M has never once struggled to navigate them.
Thank you, WHILL, for designing a power wheelchair that is powerful, approachable, and accessible to people like me, living with disabilities.
Note: Tom had an extensive test drive with a demo unit.