The History of Wheelchairs – From Ancient Tools to Electric Scooters

Wheelchair history

Mankind has been making use of wheelchairs to assist people living with disabilities for thousands of years. And from the very first attempts, nothing more than re-purposed wheelbarrows really, through to the electric wheelchairs of today and the incredible inventions still to come, wheelchair designs and technology have certainly come a long way.

In the infographic below, we plot a course through wheelchair history, from the earliest efforts and the first self-propelled wheelchairs, through to modern foldable wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters.

History wheelchair

You can download the infographic here.

Got any interesting facts about wheelchair history, or own an antique wheelchair yourself?

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