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Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater

Sue Austin started scuba diving after an illness left her restricted to a wheelchair over 16 years ago. Inspired by the experience, she began to develop an entirely new sport: Wheelchair Diving.

Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin

She explores the underwater world with the help of plastic fins attached to the footrests of her chair.

Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin

The whole project, which started as an art work, is a wonderful metaphor for the freedom that wheelchairs give to their users.

Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin

Sue Austin is working to redefine the popular notion of “disability”.

Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin

By exploring the Red Sea in her wheelchair…

Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin
Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin
Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin
Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin
Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin
Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin
Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin
Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin
Woman Who Lost The Use Of Her Legs Designs Wheelchair She Can Pilot Underwater
Sue Austin

Check her out in action in the video below:

More info: Sue Austin

A statement on her website explains, “she aims to find dramatic and powerful ways to re-position disability and Disability Arts as the ‘Hidden Secret’. She argues that this ‘secret’, if explored, valued and then shared, can act to heal the divisions created in the social psyche by cultural dichotomies that define the ‘disabled’ as ‘other’.”

Austin first performed with her underwater wheelchair in Dorset, U.K. in 2012, and has since performed, shown films, and spoken around the world about her art practice.

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