how many people in the US are permanently bound to a wheelchair?

I have been searching the web, but I cannot find a stat.

Something interesting I found during my search:



The most recent statistics I could find are from 1994:

(numbers in thousands)

Wheelchair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,564

Yeah to the terminology change – I’m not much for PCness, but a chair lets you get out and around. You’re not bound, you’re freed…unless you run into an inaccessible building or something, then you’re screwed.

I’ve heard this from actual people using chairs or scooters. Really, folks, they’re not so bad.

Third on “use a wheelchair” – I also know wheelchair users who say it frees them rather than “confines” them.

Besides, “bound to a wheelchair” carries unfortunate images of bondage – I actually corrected this one one in a nursing home newsletter. It seems to be a conflation of “confined to a wheelchair” and “wheelchair-bound” – both of which, of course, we are trying to kill here.

Carry on.