Like most children, what I wanted to be when I grew up changed daily, if not several times each day. I wanted to be a police dispatcher, a sports announcer, a hospital administrator and the list went on and on.
My interests have always been around communication. I knew I wanted a career in media, but wasn’t sure if I could handle the demands of the job. My limited dexterity and the use of only my right arm would make it difficult to operate cameras, microphones and other equipment.
Fortunately, I came across a device called the ADA Lap Desk that mounts to my wheelchair. I can place different attachments to the desk including a writing surface, an umbrella and a tripod for my camera.
This nifty tool has given me the independence to attach my camera and drive my wheelchair simultaneously. Before I had the lap desk, I would have a difficult time holding the camera and pressing the shutter button at the same time.
Having access to assistive technology gives me the chance to do things that I enjoy. I often take pictures at family gatherings or when I’m hanging out with friends. It’s exciting to go on photo excursions throughout Charleston.
My latest photography pow-wow revolved around the South Carolina Republican Primary. I took pictures of political candidates at Medical University of South Carolina and College of Charleston. Look below to see a photo of the media circus from that day.
If there is something that I want to accomplish, I am determined to figure out a way to get it done from my wheelchair. It may take several tries to complete the task, but it’s definitely worth the effort.