Orange Flags?!??

Posted June 17th, 2007 by Anthony

I’ve been fascinated by the wheelchair fashion of a number of our locals. Two necessary items they use to decorate their power chairs or scooters are American flags in different configurations and an orange signal flag. Interesting, yes, but not a fashion I necessarily subscribe to. Well, perhaps that might change if the writers to our local papers have their way. This letter to the editor in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat appeared June 16.

Wheelchair flags
EDITOR: I have just viewed an AOL piece about a young man in a wheelchair being caught in the grill of a semi-truck and driven for the ride of his life at about 50 miles per hour in Paw Paw, Mich. As recently as this week, my husband and I discussed mandatory flags on electric or manually-operated outdoor wheelchairs following a near collision with an individual in an electric wheelchair.

Perhaps it should be required that a flag is issued when the chairs are purchased for outdoor use. Let’s hear from you in Santa Rosa — the city that cares! (Not bad for a Santa Rosa slogan.)

BONNIE and LAURENCE (DUSTY) RHODES
Santa Rosa


One Response to: “Orange Flags?!??”

  1. Matthew Ferera responds:
    Posted: June 13th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I am a 38 year old man that has used electric wheelchairs in 1 form or another since junior high. It is well known in the disabled community that an orange flag is made fun of by people on the street much in the same way that rainbow stickers are. I already have a hard enough time fitting in and not standing out as it is without a child’s toy fluttering above my head not to mention these things are a public nuisance indoors as they have been known to catch on things and flail around wildly (a danger to anyone’s eyes who happens to be near) and I would not be able to remove this flag or even adjust it when I enter. I can tell you that if such a law becomes mandatory that I will not obey and I will force the state to punish me. They will take away my housing that my parents and grandparents worked so hard for me to have, and all because you would rather force us then force a city to comply with ADA Law.I have always made my own decisions and I see no reason for this to change.


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