- Gender: Male
- Condition: C6 Incomplete; T6 Para Complete
- Prior Device: Ti-lite TR Manual Wheelchair
- Main Use: Work, Outdoor activities with family
What’s your story?
I’ve been using a wheelchair since May 2003 due to a motorcycle accident that left me with a broken neck and a shattered lower spine. Today, I work at one of the largest rehab centers in the nation as an Adaptive Sports and Patient Mentor Coordinator. I’m also a father of two boys, who constantly keep me on the move.
Why did you choose Model M power wheelchair?
Working in the rehab world, I have a lot of opportunities to try new products, usually I find aspects in the trial equipment that I don’t like. However, the Model M has proven to be an all-around great chair for an active user. With the Model M, I have complete independence whether I’m in New York City or upstate New York—two completely different environments. No matter if I’m ripping across a field at my kid’s little league game or heading to catch a show in New York City, the chair is powerful and smooth rolling.
What do you like about Model M power wheelchair?
The compact size and tight turning radius make driving in stores and restaurants easy. In addition, it allows easy maneuvering in my minivan to position the chair for transferring or to turn around and get my children out of their car seats. Lastly, the sliding seat allows me to get close to the table while eating or working at my desk, and the swing away armrests simplify transfers in and out of the chair.
How has the Model M power wheelchair impacted your life?
I cannot travel one block without people asking me about the design. The futuristic design of the Model M catches everyone’s eyes. It makes being in a power wheelchair COOL! The responses to the Model M make me more confident and comfortable using a chair. It also gives me the confidence to travel anywhere without fear.
Thank you WHILL for creating a compact, versatile wheelchair for individuals living with disabilities.
Note: Matthew had an extensive test drive with a demo unit.