Sports wheelchair

Sports wheelchair, manufacturer Everest and Jennings Inc, circa 1975. New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, accession number H.F.998-21. Used by athlete Sandra DeVenney in national and international competitions in the 1970s. 

Wheelchair sports has changed how society sees mobility impairment. Yet Canadian rehabilitation professionals at first saw sports as a diversion from workplace integration while competitive disability games only began to be held in Canada in 1967. In 1970, ALPHA (Action League for Physically Handicapped Advancement) persuaded Toronto to gradually replace curbs with ramps. Since World War II, disabled veterans, wheelchair athletes, and political activists have worked to change Canadian perceptions of people with impairments.