A wheelchair is a device used for mobility by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible, due to illness or disability.
It typically consists of a seat supported on two large wheels on an axle attached towards the back of the seat and two small wheels near the feet, though there are often small additional features to prevent toppling or to assist mounting curbs. The person moves by pushing with his/her hands circular bars on the outside of the large wheels with a diameter that is slightly less than that of the wheels, or by actuating motors, usually with a joystick.
Experiments have also been made with unusual variant wheels, like the omniwheel or the mecanum wheel. These allow more directional movement options. Makes include Storm, Twister, Harrier and Spectra.
Disabled athletes use streamlined sport wheelchairs for racing and basketball. Electric wheelchairs can be used as part of adapted sports such as Wheelchair Soccer.
Adapting the built environment to make it more accessible to wheelchair users is one of the key campaigns of disability rights movements. For example, the construction of ultra low floor trams and buses is being encouraged whereas the use of paternosters in public buildings without any alternative method of transportation has been criticized.
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World Wheelchair Basketball Net
Information on the sport and directory of links compiled by Greg Love.
Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association
GBWBA wheelchair basketball in the UK. Club and division listings, results, photos and player profiles.
Australian wheelchair basketball team information includes schedules, profiles and contacts.
From Tampere, Finland. Team information, league, photo gallery and links.
Ba.D.S. Quartu S.Elena Wheelchair Basketball team (ITALY)
Official home of The Ba.D.S. Quartu S.Elena Italian wheelchair basketball team. Offers an English version, news, photos, history, results, schedule, and contact information.
Kesem Hadera Wheelchair Basketball Team
Players, games, pictures. Israel, in english also.
Official site of the Wheelchair Basketball federation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil contains news, rules of international participation and links.
International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
Member countries, tournament results, latest news and future events for the IWBF.
National Wheelchair Basketball Association
News and scores for the NWBA, with clubs history and information.