Just a quick hit here. I set up a ” Google Alert,” to send me a daily digest of certain key topics that appear in the news and elsewhere online, one of which is “wheelchairs.” It seems that majority of the headlines I see mention people who are “wheelchair-bound.” I think it is way past time to obliterate this expression from our vocabulary. I’ve never heard of anyone being bound to a wheelchair. Most people in wheelchairs do not need to be bound, tied, strapped or otherwise restrained to their chairs – in fact, I would venture to say that the vast majority of them would be overjoyed at the prospect of not being in a wheelchair at all.
I pledge right now to, whenever I see the expression “wheelchair-bound,” to respond whenever possible to the source – newspaper, magazine, blog-post, whatever – to correct the mistaken notion that any wheelchair user is “bound,” to their chair. Join me, dear reader, and let’s set the record straight.