When Matthew Tilford became a T12 paraplegic, everything he knew how to do was completely different. But instead of sulking, he created ChairTipsNTricks.com, a site dedicated to creating/sharing videos showing how to do everything from a wheelchair.
And some of my favorite videos of his are his recreational ones. He shows basic things like wheelchair transfers and vehicle transfers, but his recreational videos are the ones you’ll ever forget. My current favorite is his wheelchair mini golf video, showing how you can still partake in putt-putt golf. Of course you need to choose a mini golf course that’s not full of stairs, but if you’re feeling adventurous almost any putt-putt course will work.
In the video he made last month, he shows off his swing at hole #1 and heck yes, he gets a hole in one too. Like he says in the video description – you may need a pop a wheelie once or twice, but most mini golf courses will work as long as you show up in a manual wheelchair. Watch his mini golf video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiJoEDXAuTo
Being 20 something and adventuresome, Matthew also likes to go to theme parks to get his adrenaline fix. If you’ve ever been on a Sky Flyer ride, the one where they lay you in a sling, raise you up 150 feet, then chute you downward 17 stories reaching upwards of 60 miles an hour, well it’s totally awesome, and Matthew shows how someone who’s paralyzed can go for a ride in it. Check out his crazy streak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obWb7WnslDs
Another cool video he made shows how to barbecue safely if you’re paralyzed. Of course making sure you don’t burn yourself where you can’t feel his rule #1, and Matthew makes sure to let everyone know that. He shows how barbecuing can be a healthy way to prepare meats and vegetables, and being that he’s lucky and lives in California, he gets to do this all year round (unlike us poor sods who have to grill on our snowy decks half of the year). Watch him BBQ like a gangsta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx3KRoH-C2E
Above all, Matthew’s videos are created to help newbies know that life doesn’t end just because you now have to use a wheelchair. You gotta love anyone who puts himself out there, using their own life experiences to help others. Thank you Matthew for adding such awesome media to our community.
Visit his site: ChairTipsNTricks.com
Have you made videos showing wheel-life tricks?