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nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:22:50

Are people who play wheelchair basket ball actually always wheelchair bound or do able bodied people play it in wheelchairs too ?????

Sorry i know it is a weird question, just need to know.

Blossomhill Thu 05-May-05 21:26:08

I should imagine that the only people that play wheelchair basketball are people with a disability and need a wheelchair nutty!

nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:26:13

Sorry but bump

nailpolish Thu 05-May-05 21:26:40

good question! i dont see how an able bodies person would be banned from participating. that surely would be discrimination

nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:27:52

Right ok, do the police accept people in whelchairs though ???? to work for them i mean ????

Sorry i know this is odd but i know what i am on about.

nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:28:49

Ok will try and explain cos i can see this will get confusing.

A policeman who plays wheelchair basketball, would you say he is actually wheelchair bound then or not ??

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Yes,these people are regular wheelchair users!

nailpolish Thu 05-May-05 21:29:54

nutty, you are nuts

the police have wheelchair users working behind desks,

nailpolish Thu 05-May-05 21:30:28

oh ok MD ill go and have a look

nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:30:46

Yes but he doesn't work behind a desk i don't think.

NotQuiteCockney Thu 05-May-05 21:32:20

I think for a wheelchair basketball team, they have a points system, you need a certain level of overal disability to make your team be valid. (Although I might be thinking of a different disabled sport?)

nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:33:04

Ahhhh right ok.


Sorry i know it was a weird question, and yes i am nuts

darlingbud Thu 05-May-05 21:33:51

a policeman cannot go on the beat in a wheelchair. They tend to do office based jobs and interviewing etc. Not sure if they become policemen whilst disabled. I know the ones who are in wheelchairs became disabled after being employed.

NotQuiteCockney Thu 05-May-05 21:33:56

No, apparently I'm thinking of wheelchair basketball . There is indeed a points system, and able-bodied people can play.

motherinferior Thu 05-May-05 21:34:51

Re basketball - I imagine you have to be pretty adept at using a wheelchair to play basketball in it. So even if you do not have to show evidence of a disability the chances are that you have built up that skill by using it long-term, ie through needing it because you are disabled. Whether or not people who have used wheelchairs in the past continue to play wheelchair basketball even if they are no longer using a wheechair for mobility purposes, I don't know.

Police - they'll have some sort of Equal Opps/disability policy, or ring the Disability Rights Commission, they should know. I cannot remember whether the police force is still exempt from the Disability Discrimination Act, tbh.

nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:35:48

O.k thanks for clearing that up for me

Feel like a bit of a twit for asking in the first place but like i say it was bugging me

nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:37:02

Well i think he is a policeman on the beat so thats why i was confused as to him playing wheelchair basketball.

Think i'll shut up now

motherinferior Thu 05-May-05 21:37:22

According to the police website "The police service welcomes applications from people with disabilities and will do all it can to make reasonable adjustments, which will allow disabled applicants to do the job.

Please let us know if you have a disability and the type of adjustment, which you might need to enable you to apply for and do the job." I reckon it would be virtually impossible to get them to agree to a beat job in a wheelchair. Mostly because everyday environments are so inaccessible.

nutcracker Thu 05-May-05 21:38:26

Thankyou, thats what i thought.

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