Remember the Bicycle
New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense
How long did the training wheels stay on your bike? Some of us needed them on for a longer time, and some of us needed our moms or dads to hold onto the back of the seat before letting go—again, for a long time.
While traveling around the country doing presentations, I’ve been amazed (and dismayed) by how many children and adults with disabilities don’t have the tools (assistive technology devices) they need for success. Professionals, parents, therapists, and others who have great power and influence say something like, “Well, Johnny isn’t able to use [a power wheelchair, communication device, or whatever].”
In too many cases, however, the person with a disability has never been given the opportunity to try the device! Those around him presume incompetence. Revisiting our bicycle histories, however, can give us a different perspective.
When your parents bought your first bicycle, did you know how to ride it? In most cases, the answer is NO! But they bought it for you anyway, with no guarantee you would be successful at mastering the two-wheeler. They presumed competence! Click here to continue.