International Wheelchair Day

International Wheelchair Day

March 1, 2021 Greg Thomson

Today is International Wheelchair Day!

International Wheelchair Day takes place around the world on March 1st every year. On this day, people celebrate the positive impact that wheelchairs have on their lives. International Wheelchair Day raises awareness about how people who use wheelchairs move through and involve themselves in their communities.

International Wheelchair Day


A wheelchair is one of the most well-known symbols of accessibility worldwide. People use wheelchairs to travel:

  • To work
  • To school
  • On outings with family or friends, such as to:
    • Restaurants
    • Sports events
    • Retail stores
    • Theatres
    • Playgrounds
    • Amusement parks

Some people use manual wheelchairs which they wheel with their arms. Other people steer power wheelchairs that have batteries and motors. In addition to the wheelchairs people use every day, there are also wheelchairs for specific activities, such as:

  • The beach
  • Sports, including:
    • Wheelchair basketball
    • Wheelchair tennis

Moreover, wheelchairs come in a variety of colours and styles. Some wheelchairs fold up while others do not. Furthermore, some people may use a wheelchair all the time. Others may sometimes use other mobility devices or walk short distances without devices. People may also transfer from their wheelchairs to other seats.

Meeting People who use Wheelchairs

Many people do not have friends, family members, or colleagues who use wheelchairs. As a result, they may [...]

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