Monday, the 1st of March, is International Wheelchair Day. It is a day to celebrate the positive impact that wheelchairs have on the lives of many wheelchair users. It’s also a day to recognise those that provide support for wheelchair users by creating a more accessible world.

At Afford, we’re all for inclusive communities. We support people in wheelchairs and of all abilities achieve their goals in life.

Brian and Rebecca both attend our Benowa short term accommodation service in Queensland. They both love to get out and about to explore their local community and experience new things – exactly what respite is all about!

In his wheelchair and supported by Afford Lifestyle Assistant Sandra, Brian has the freedom to explore places and see the things that interest him. The duo recently visited the fantastical world of Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Surfer’s Paradise.

On another occasion, Brian and Sandra visited the Wax Museum! They walked through the many exhibits to see life-like models of famous people, including Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. The Chamber of Horrors was a frightfully, eye-popping experience with a range of gruesome displays and exhibits to see.

For Rebecca, it’s getting outdoors and connecting with nature that makes her happy. With support, Rebecca recently explored more of Broadbeach.

Basking in the sunlight, Rebecca enjoyed delicious pizza in the park. With a lifestyle assistant by her side, she cruised along the boardwalk in her wheelchair to take in the sounds and smells of the seaside.

One of Rebecca’s favourite outings has been her trip to Sea World. With a lifestyle assistant there to support her throughout the day, Rebecca enjoyed seeing penguins, getting quite close to a majestic dolphin and brightening up everyone’s day by donning some colourful butterfly wings.

Wheelchairs present users with greater freedoms to access the community and experiencer the things that matter most to them.

Find out more about Afford supports for people of all abilities in services right across Australia.

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