Wheelchair Skills Videos
Even if we can’t be with you in person, you can still learn essential wheelchair skills for living independently with a spinal cord injury. Whether you’re a beginner or if you want to practice skills you already know, check out our series of wheelchair skill tutorial videos.
Practising wheelchair skills safely: WATCH THIS FIRST.
It’s important to know how to be safe if you’re going to practice at home. Before you watch any more of our videos, make sure you watch Luke’s spotting tutorial. Do not attempt to practice wheelchair skills without a spotter!
Wheelchair skills: The essentials
Now that you know how to practice skills safely at home, you can start learning vital skills with Rich, our Outreach and Support Coordinator. In this 11-part series, Rich guides you through some of the essential skills that will boost your independence after spinal cord injury. This ranges from basic pushing and turning, to more advanced skills like how to get down small steps.
Part 1: Basic pushing
Part 2: Pushing backwards
Part 3: Turning and manoeuvring
Part 4: One-handed pushing
Part 5: Castor flicks
Part 6: Back wheel balancing
Part 7: Thresholds
Part 8: Ramps
Part 9: Going up kerbs
Part 10: Going down kerbs
Part 11: Going down steps
Wheelchair Skills Extra
Now you feel confident in the essential skills for getting around as a wheelchair user, you can learn some additional skills to help you in your day-to-day life. Check out the list below to see what life skill videos we have.
Driving is a great way to get around independently as a wheelchair user. Dan shows off his method for transferring into a car with a spinal cord injury.
With a higher level spinal cord injury, your dexterity may be affected. Michael shows off how to make a hot drink with limited hand function.
Rich returns with a tutorial showing how to clean your castor wheels. When living an active life your wheels will likely get dirty, so this is essential viewing for keeping your chair in good condition.
Our volunteer Cate demonstrates how she gets into her WAV as a power chair user.
It’s important to know the best way for you to transfer into your car. Michael is back to show his method for transferring into a car with limited dexterity.
Learn more about Back Up’s wheelchair skills training.