View Full Version : The pains of using a wheelchair whilst shopping

03-10-12, 13:49
Hi All
I’m currently enrolled on a product design degree, and in this final year I have decided to create a product that improves the lives of disabled people.

It would be extremely valuable if you could have a go at my questionnaire. Its just a few questions and it should be attached to this post.

Alternatively please could you share with me some instances where you felt: let down by the effectiveness of any disabled products; dissatisfied with facilities provided by supermarkets (particularly using a shopping trolley); a product improved your standard of living. Any comment or idea you have will really appreciated and will help to start developing a concept.
Thank you

04-10-12, 09:52
1. Supermarkets are quite good for shopping with wheelchair, other shops especially WHSmiths,& Sports Direct are terrible as they pile stuff up high, block aisles and make access very difficult.
2. i shop with a carer as i can not use my hands enough to reach for things.
3. The clothing part of supermarkets are generally not totally accessible which can be a frustration.
4. parking bays that are open to the elements mean i often get very wet by the time my carer has transferred me to my wheelchair.
5. I do main shop on line as shopping is generally too difficult for me.

08-10-12, 16:12
Jack, I've been giving this some more thought and wonder if you have searched other places where you could ask your questions so that you get a good cross-section of answers. Perhaps places like this might help you - e.g. http://www.disabledgo.com/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ouch/ https://www.facebook.com/Ouch.BBC?ref=ts&fref=ts http://www.spinal.co.uk/page/about-us
You could also seek out any disabled groups in your area, easily found via internet or local library or local council. I will be interested to hear about your product when you get going with the project.