'Be careful with my legs!' Travel is challenging — especially for people who live with disabilities
"I look people in the eye and say, 'be careful with my legs!'" Benveet "Bean" Gill travels by air often as part of her growing role as a disability advocate and public speaker. She and her friends have faced many travel mishaps out of their control, including a damaged wheelchair.
Bean is the founder of The Wheelie Peeps, a group of Edmonton friends featured in the docuseries Push who share some of their horror stories about the struggles of travel.
From difficulties using the bathroom onboard to issues getting on and off the plane, air travel is especially onerous for travellers with disabilities according to a recent report from CBC News. On a recent trip to Mexico, Brian McPherson had to crawl off the plane to retrieve a wheelchair and his girlfriend's scooter to make a connecting flight and said, "Welcome to travelling with a disability and depending on others!"
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