What My Wheelchair Means to Me

Being in a wheelchair has its ups and downs but overall, I’m enjoying my experience in my iLevel® Power Chair.  Since I can’t walk, this sometimes limits the things I can do with my friends. For this reason, my friends and I figured out cool ways to modify our playtime. My chair is like a cool bike and lets me ride along with my friends who are on their bikes. I am called the “transformer of the group.” 

As I have grown older, I realize that once people get used to me and my chair, it gets a little better. When I was in elementary school, the teachers and the students treated me like I was normal because they knew me. They didn’t look at me weird or judged me. I am in the 6th grade now and just started middle school. It’s a whole different ballgame for me. The kids here are not used to me and sometimes they think I am going to run them over with my wheelchair (which is very crazy by the way). Although I get upset with some of my classmates at times, I would never do that. 

My custom made iLevel wheelchair allows me to interact with my classmates and participate in class more effectively. It’s a great fit for me. I’m not bumping into walls, desks or other people. My features are cool and innovative. I love my chair! The wheelchair that I have is pretty advanced and allows me to do some things that other kids in chairs are not able to do. I can also recline in my chair and relieve some of the pressure points I have on my body from sitting all the time. Some kids in wheelchairs cannot do that. My chair is also motorized and some kids don’t have that luxury either. 

The biggest blessing is that, unlike some people, I have a wheelchair. Some people that need wheelchairs don’t have or know about the resources available to help them become mobile. I’m blessed not to have that problem. I am fortunate to be placed in a position with both Quantum and my community to help educate and provide resources for adult and children who need wheelchairs.  

My iLevel Power Wheelchair is top of the line! Some of my favorite things to do in my wheelchair are doughnuts when I’m in the gym. Plus, I can go fast down hills (with caution). I want people to see Morgan and not just the kid in the wheelchair. I am fun! I like to play games and laugh with them, without them thinking about me being in a wheelchair. I want people to just see me…regular Morgan!

About Morgan Steward: Morgan is an honorary police officer for the Covington Georgia Police Department. He lives with his mother, father and two siblings. He is an active member in his community and enjoys helping others. Click here to learn more about Morgan.