Alice Marie Perreault
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Who is Bound?
To be "wheelchair bound" is to be limited, to be less than someone who is ambulatory. So, I ask, "Who is bound?" and I consider the word "bound," itself. Is the individual in the wheelchair bound TO the chair or bound BY the chair? When a book is bound, the pages are held together in a sensical way. When a person is homeward bound, the individual is returning to roots, family and community. To flip "wheelchair-bound" on end is my intention. I invite others, both ambulatory and non-ambulatory, to consider wheelchair bound-ness and ask, "Who is bound?" as well as, "Who is doing the binding?"
Photo Credit: Jill Carol