This week’s design feature focuses on Wheelchair Defense Spikes.


Introducing the Wheelchair Defense Spikes by the talented maker Ryan Beal! This 3D model may seem unconventional at first, but it comes with a captivating story that will challenge your perspective.

You might be wondering, why on earth would anyone want spikes on their wheelchair handles? Well, hold on to your preconceptions because the aim here is actually to deter people from grabbing the handles and pushing the occupant of the wheelchair.

You see, in most situations, the person in the wheelchair does not want to be pushed. However, well-meaning individuals often feel compelled to help by giving them a push without even asking for consent. It’s as if they believe they know what’s best for the disabled person. But here’s the thing – this “help” is not helpful at all. In fact, it takes away the disabled person’s agency and can be viewed as a personal violation.

Some wheelchair users even consider their wheelchair as an extension of their body, so having someone take hold of it without permission feels intrusive. Despite these sentiments, many do-gooders are unconsciously driven to help, unaware of the negative consequences of their actions.

Enter the defense spikes. When a well-intentioned person approaches a wheelchair with these spikes installed, they will instinctively stop in their tracks. However, it is at this moment that we hope they reconsider their actions and gain a fresh perspective. By encountering the spikes, they are prompted to reflect on the significance of wheelchairs and appreciate them in a different light.

The wheelchair spikes are truly a fascinating 3D model. While you may not personally use a wheelchair, chances are you know someone who does. Why not reach out to them and ask if they’d be interested in having these defense spikes printed for their wheelchair? It’s always good to offer support in ways that align with their needs and preferences.

So, let’s challenge societal expectations and encourage empathy towards wheelchair users. Together, we can create a more inclusive world. If you want to get your hands on these unique defense spikes, they are available for printing on Thingiverse. Share this blog post with others to spread awareness and start important conversations!

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