Webster Wheelchairs https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk UK Wheelchair Sales - Transit and Self-Propelled Wheelchairs Tue, 18 Dec 2018 16:44:23 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Capture-100x100.jpg Webster Wheelchairs https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk 32 32 Purple Tuesday – the UK’s accessible shopping day https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/purple-tuesday-the-uks-accessible-shopping-day/ https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/purple-tuesday-the-uks-accessible-shopping-day/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:01:37 +0000 https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/?p=3434 Welcome to Tuesday 13th November, or as we prefer to call it, #PurpleTuesday!

Purple Tuesday is the UK’s accessible shopping day – focussing on how retailers, both high-street shops and online retailers such as ourselves, can better serve the disabled community and give them the access to our businesses that dignity demands. Today we’re proud to announce an accessibility overhaul of our entire site & store as part of this great event.

Purple Tuesday - the UK's Accessible Shopping Day

Purple Tuesday logo

This event is not just a single day of making token changes or gestures – it’s more than a publicity stunt, its about making long-term commitments to improve access for disabled people and create lasting change. That’s why instead of just promoting the day itself, we’re committing to a 6-month-plus upgrade program of our entire web presence. We’ll be reviewing elements, pages and media across our website, online store and social media accounts, learning what works and what doesn’t, and drawing lessons from this process on how to do things right first-time in future.

We’ve been planning this for a few weeks now and there’s quite a buzz around the office. We’ve already started tinkering behind the scenes – making improvements to image “alt text” to improve how our site reads on screen readers, hitting the books to learn about different types of colour blindness and looking at how to optimise the structure of the Webster Wheelchairs store to make sure everything is as good as can be.

We’ve got the inspiration, we’ve got the plans – time to get to work!

P.S. Learn more about the day itself at purpletuesday.org.uk or the fantastic organisation that started it all, Purple!

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“Why won’t my wheelchair parking brakes lock?” https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/why-wont-my-wheelchair-parking-brakes-lock/ https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/why-wont-my-wheelchair-parking-brakes-lock/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:04:22 +0000 https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/?p=3345 One of the most common questions we get pouring into our email inbox, coming through in phone calls, featuring in product reviews, et cetera, is:

“Why won’t my wheelchair’s parking brakes lock?”
“How do I park my transit wheelchair?”
“The brakes on my wheelchair don’t work properly”!

..and so on.

In this post I’m going to demystify the issue and clear up how a common design of wheelchair brake handle works.

(TLDR? Scroll down to the pictures/video below)

Many models of wheelchair, both the Dash models we sell and others, have a dual action handbrake on the attendant handles. This is most prominently seen on attendant-propelled wheelchairs/transit wheelchairs, but we have seen examples of self-propelled wheelchairs with similar mechanisms.

These brakes have a two-way or dual-action mechanism that engages both the retardant brake and the parking brake. The retardant brake is pressure sensitive – the harder the force applied to the brake handle, the more stopping power – and presses up against the wheel to slow and/or stop its progress through friction and it is used to slow the wheelchair whilst going down a slope, or to instantly lock one wheel at a time up to push it around tight corners. The parking brake is a simpler clamping brake that is either locked fully on or completely disengaged.

When both of these mechanisms are combined in one braking mechanism – from a design point of view this is a brilliant feature, as it minimises maintenance and makes the attendant’s job much easier. As mentioned earlier, this dual-function brake is common across many different brands. The confusion comes, though, when attendants are not familiar with these brakes or haven’t used one of these wheelchairs before (we were all newbies to using wheelchairs at some point!).

For an example, let’s look at our flagship Dash Express transit chair. (Please make sure your wheelchair DOES have this kind of brake before you try this!) The attendant handles look like this normally:

Dash Express Brakes - Off

Dash Express brakes in off position – closeup

To activate the retardant brake, the attendant compresses the brake handle upwards like this – the harder you squeeze, the more the brake is engaged:

Express retardant brake activated

Dash Express brakes – retardant brake on – closeup

The activate the parking brake, the brake handle has to be pushed down – it might be a little stiff on some models of wheelchair, or if the wheelchair is brand new, but with a bit of downward pressure the parking brake will click into place:

Express parking brake engaged

Dash Express brake – parking brake locked on – closeup

Here’s a video showing this in action:

 

And there you have it – that’s the secret!

 

 

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Things That Annoy Wheelchair Users https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/things-that-annoy-wheelchair-users/ https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/things-that-annoy-wheelchair-users/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:54:21 +0000 https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/?p=2567 Here’s an interesting info-graphic produced by a website called Advanced Mobility Scooters that provides a bunch of things that really annoy people in wheelchairs along with cool illustrations. The piece includes things like non disabled people parking in disabled parking spots, people talking over your head as if you are not there, non disabled people using disabled toilets and more.

Things That Annoy Wheelchair Users

Via Daily Infographic

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The World’s Most Useless Wheelchair Ramps https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/useless-wheelchair-ramps/ https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/useless-wheelchair-ramps/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:30:47 +0000 http://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/?p=2320 Here we have a collection of photographs that we have found of some of the most useless wheelchair ramps from around the World. It is nice that people are making an effort to make places more wheelchair accessible, but a lot of these designs are so bad that they are probably doing more harm than good.

Please let us know about any other terrible wheelchair ramp designs in the comments section.

Dangerous Ramp in Auckland

Dangerous Ramp in AucklandImage Source

Steep Wheelchair Ramp in Iran

Steep Wheelchair Ramp in IranImage Source

Blocked off Wheelchair Ramp

Blocked off Wheelchair RampImage Source

Pointless Zigzag Ramp

Pointless ZigZag RampImage Source

Horrendous Wheelchair Ramp

Horrendous Wheelchair Ramp
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Lazy Ramp Design

Lazy Ramp Design
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Annoying Steps

Annoying Steps
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Insanely Steep Ramp

Insanely Steep Ramp
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Ramp in a Dubai Shopping Mall

Ramp in a Dubai Shopping Mall
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Crazy Ramp in Cabo San Lucas

Crazy Ramp in Cabo San Lucas
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Big thankyou to the guys at Roll-a-Ramp who inspired us to do this post.

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Top 10 Amazing Pimped Out Wheelchairs https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/amazing-wheelchairs/ https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/amazing-wheelchairs/#respond Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:48:25 +0000 https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/?p=1246 Here is a collection of photos of some of the most amazing pimped out wheelchairs that we have been able to find around the internet for you to check out. We hope that you enjoy these pics and that they inspire you to customize your own wheelchair.

Please let us know which of these unique wheelchairs is your favourite in the comments and share the post on social media.

The Tank Wheelchair

The Tank Wheelchair
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Above: The aptly-named TankChair is described as ‘a custom off-road wheelchair that can go anywhere outdoors’ and with its rubber tracks and Optima Deep Cycle 12v batteries, we’re not surprised.

Gold Wheelchair

Gold Wheelchair
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Above: Lady Gaga does everything with style, including using a wheelchair. While she may have only needed it temporarily, she managed to pimp out this wheelchair with 24 karat gold accents, black padded seating and leg rest, plus a canopy to protect her from the outside elements.

Super Fast Wheelchair

Super Fast Wheelchair
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Above: Manufactured by TankChair, the Speedster has a a 24V engine along with a one-piece aluminium chassis and high-performance motorcycle tires.

Mobile Disco Wheelchair

Mobile Disco Wheelchair
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Above: Lee Kingsberry from Salford Quays customised his electric wheelchair into a mobile disco with flashing neon lights and booming music. The lights and ghetto blaster cost about £500.

Solar-Powered Wheelchair

Solar-Powered Wheelchair
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Above: The solar powered wheelchair was designed and developed by Haidar Taleb, a 47 year old disabled UAE citizen. Taleb’s wheelchair is powered by four 20-watt batteries and is capable of a top speed of 12 mph.

Steampunk Wheelchair

Steampunk Wheelchair
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Above: The wheelchair from Smeeon is actually an Eastlake Victorian Rocker which has been heavily modded to give it the authentic steampunk look and feel.

Recliner Wheelchair

Recliner Wheelchair
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Above: This wheelchair is a combination of your favorite recliner combined with the convenience of your power wheelchair. The flame decorations add an extra touch and the vibrant red leather seat allows you to go about your day in style and comfort.

Colourfully Illustrated Wheelchair

Colourfully Illustrated Wheelchair
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Above: Izzy Wheels transform a medical device into a piece of self expression. The brand was created by Irish sisters Izzy and Ailbhe. Together they are on a mission to break down negativity associated with wheelchairs.

Diamond Wheelchair

Diamond Wheelchair
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Above: We don’t no much about this one but if those diamonds are real it must have cost a fortune. Either way the wheelchair definitely falls into the pimped out category.

Ghetto Wheelchair

Ghetto Wheelchair
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Above: This trendy DUB Edition wheelchair has cool rims, a comfortable seat and a killer sound system for cruising round the hood in style.

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Wheelchairs in Popular Culture https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/wheelchairs-in-pop-culture/ https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/wheelchairs-in-pop-culture/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:11:00 +0000 https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/?p=969 Here is an interesting infographic from the wheelchair accessible vans website called Rollx Vans that takes a look at the best and most controversial fictional characters in wheelchairs. Learn about John Locke from Lost, Artie Abrams from Glee, Maggie Fitzgerald from Million Dollar Baby and other fictional wheelchair users by checking out this piece.

If you enjoy this infographic then please share it out on social media.

Wheelchairs in Popular Culture

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Wheelchair Facts, Numbers and Figures https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/wheelchair-infographic/ https://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/wheelchair-infographic/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:04:21 +0000 http://websterwheelchairs.co.uk/?p=671 Here is a fantastic infographic from the people at KD Smart Chair that is packed with information about wheelchairs including facts, numbers and figures. Learn about the history of the wheelchair, the top 5 wheelchair accessible countries to travel to, the expected 2018 wheelchair stats and plenty more.

We hope that you find this wheelchair infographic interesting and please share it with your pals on social media.

Wheelchair Infographic - Wheelchair Facts, Numbers and Figures

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