Langley Pos-Abilities group raising awareness

Langley’s Pos-Abilities held its annual awareness event on Saturday.

The Day of Pos-Abilities saw everything from square dancing to car demonstrations in Langley City’s Douglas Park.

Organized by the Langley Pos-Abilities Society, the event was about the group’s core goal of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

On the main stage, Darlene Austin square danced with the Wheeling Eights. Austin was in her wheelchair.

Though she can walk now, a hip operation several years ago led to her using the chair for some time.

“I wanted to keep up my square dancing,” said Austin, president of the group. Able-bodied and wheelchair users can take part in Wheeling Eights square, round, and line dancing events.

“We’re the only wheelchair club in B.C.,” said Austin.

Also on display was the Chairiot Solo, an electric city car built for people in wheelchairs. It has a rear ramp and wheel-in seating, an 80 km range, and charges from a standard 3-prong plug. It’s likely to be on sale in Canada soon, said Wolfe Mobility’s Ellyse Hewitt.

 

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