WheelchairScope is an idea inspired by my experience of filming my travels on Periscope, an app that streams live video from your mobile phone or tablet. As a wheelchair user, I was struck by how interested people were from seeing things from my point of view. Things that I take for granted, like high railings that obstruct my view or bumpy cobbles, were of interest to people. So, I decided to develop WheelchairScope, a chance for people from across the world to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a wheelchair user in the UK.
My aim is to broadcast regularly on Periscope live, exploring a variety of different places across the UK and hopefully when time and resources allow, also abroad. I plan to upload edited versions of my broadcasts on YouTube and also provide background information on my broadcasts via the WheelchairScope blog and WheelchairScope Facebook page. Obviously people can also tweet me @WheelchairScope but hopefully people will join me when I am broadcasting live on Periscope and interact with me on there.
This is very much my individual perspective and I am not claiming to represent all wheelchair users. We are all unique and what I find interesting or frustrating, will be different to what other people find interesting or frustrating. My aim is just to encourage people to get out and about, recognising there will be barriers, but actually a lot of barriers can be overcome with some imagination and creativity.
Not all Disabled People are wheelchair users!
I am very aware that many Disabled People don’t use wheelchairs, however I am just showing my personal experiences. Hopefully this will encourage Disabled People with other impairments to start showing their own perspective. I have used the name WheelchairScope because other more generic terms are interpreted differently according to what country you live in, and like or not,the wheelchair is a fairly universal symbol across the world
Who are you?
I am Robert Droy, a wheelchair user from the UK. I work in the Disability Rights field, mainly as a freelance consultant. I am purely working on WheelchairScope as an independent endeavour and is not associated with any other organisation I may work for. Inevitably, I may occasionally refer to aspects of my work as I am very committed to Disability Equality and Human Rights issues. However, at the moment, WheelchairScope is purely intended to be a fun hobby.