Perhaps a little dramatic but I just watched the first episode of the final season of Sons of Anarchy…

The aforementioned test drive power wheelchair will be spending the next month and half at Cole’s school so he can practice driving daily and learn to maneuver around his actual campus. He’ll also be able to have it at home on the weekends, oh my! Watch out world. If this doesn’t give the boy the motivation needed to master this beast, I don’t know what will.

The test chair is not perfect. It’s a tiny bit too small for him, and does not have all of the custom outfitting that his push chair has. He needs specific types of supports, including a five point harness across his chest that helps to right him in his chair. He also has an adductor piece that keeps his hips aligned, which again, helps him to sit straight and tall. The test chair does not have the ideal joy stick, or arm rest required to help him best access the driving mechanism.

However, somehow he does mange to access it and is doing pretty well with his driving. If he can master this chair without all of the things that will make it easier for him, he’s going to be insanely good when he has his own, customized, perfectly fitted power wheel chair. It’s exciting.

I can’t stop thinking about how much freedom he’ll have being able to be his own captain, to, for the first time, have a choice and the ability to fulfill it in terms of where he wants to go. We take it for granted that we can just walk over for a drink of water, to visit with a coworker, to move out of the sun while your mom is talking to a friend…He’s never had that. Until now!

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