As a way of coping through the years, or maybe I’m just obsessed, but costuming - all cleverly worn from my wheelchair - has become a big time passion of mine. Over the years I’ve dressed-up from everything from a landlocked mermaid (who had no choice but to use a wheelchair, fins = can’t walk, which was a clever way I worked the wheelchair into the costume) to “Pris” from Blade Runner.
A costume is a great way for wheelchair-users to level the playing field. A costume can help able-bodied folks, who may have been uncomfortable around your disability otherwise, to open up and talk with you. Costumes can even make your disability go away, with people focusing on your costume (and awesomeness!) instead of your disability. I’ve witnessed this several times and it’s awesome!