I’ve written before about how technology malfunctions can severely disrupt the life of someone with a disability. I was reminded of that again over the weekend when I discovered that my wheelchair’s drive system had completely failed. I can get around my home without much difficulty, but it’s too heavy to push any distance. And the combination of the holiday weekend and a not-so-helpful service provider means that it won’t get fixed until later this week. I may go into shock the next time sunlight hits my skin as I haven’t been able to leave my place in a few days.
This is just another annoyance to endure, but I need to have a sit-down with my equipment and remind them who’s in charge. Or at least beg them to let me pretend I’m in charge.