Annie, who has been living with a spinal cord injury for nearly two decades, has picked up a few tricks over the years.
After becoming paraplegic at 12, Annie has navigated most of her life from wheelchair—everything from going off to college and finding a successful career path, to traveling around the world and living independently.
In a recent video interview, we asked Annie, “What’s the best advice you have for others in your situation?” Here are her surprising top-seven tips for people living with spinal cord injuries.
1. Use Your Insurance Wisely
Keep track of your medical expenses – specifically items that can be written off.
2. Find a Good Bike Shop
Save time and money by replacing broken basic wheelchair parts at your local bike shop.
3. Be as Independent as Possible
Only ask for help when you really need it.
4. Do What You Want to Do
Don’t let accessibility issues get in the way of having fun.
Do base your travel plans on accessibility. Verify that your wheelchair will fit through hotel room doors before you make a reservation.
6. Don’t Let That Compliment Go to Your Head
People will tell you how impressive you are. Don’t take it seriously, unless they really mean it.
7. Be Aware of (Para) Devotees
Just know what they are—enough said.