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A wheelchair is not confining

March 10th, 2018

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There's an expression often thrown about in the media, which is that such-and-such person is "confined to a wheelchair". Before my daughter was diagnosed with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), I never thought much about this phrase. Now? Different ball game. So what's wrong with saying "confined to a wheelchair"? In a nutshell, it's inaccurate and comes from an ableist perspective. Look at it this way - if you're saying someone is "confined to a wheelchair", it sounds like you're suggesting that the wheelchair itself is somehow trapping the person. As in, if you are convicted of a crime and sent to ...