James Ballardie is a wheelchair user who has been travelling the world without planning an accessible path through it. And it was all going pretty well until he reached China.
My girlfriend and I have been travelling across the world for 11 months. We’ve been through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, the USA, Japan and South Korea, and so far it’s been remarkably straightforward.
We don’t research wheelchair access facilities before arriving in the next place on the list, we just enjoy the ride.
Whenever we hit a flight of stairs, I jump out of the wheelchair, scramble up on my hands and knees, and get back in. My girlfriend, meanwhile, is left to carry the chair behind me. It might sound like a lot of hassle, but to us it’s completely normal – a minor inconvenience.
I’ve navigated England in a wheelchair for 32 years and had…
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