So at what point does it become okay to grab the handles of a wheelchair, to snatch at what is an extension of the body for the purposes of mobility, and move a person around without their consent?
The former would be abhorrent, and the latter potentially more so as you are taking control of their mobility. This includes their ability to get away.
Yet time and time again I hear of strangers grabbing the handles of chairs and physically moving people without their consent. This is an act of ignorance, and of borderline assault. Grabbing a person, for comedy or novelty, and taking away their ability to move and also to get away. When you are handling a person’s wheelchair, they cannot necessarily escape, they may have no way to move as you are in control of their legs.
Unless given expressed permission, never, EVER take control of a person’s wheelchair.
This is beyond etiquette, it is about bodily integrity and security."
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