February 25, 2020

A 14-year-old boy challenged state lawmakers to “spend a day in my wheels.” They took him up on it, and went to work in wheelchairs.

By CAITLIN O'KANE

A 14-year-old boy proposed a challenge for Tennessee lawmakers, and they took him up on it. Alex Johnson, who has a rare skeletal disorder, uses a wheelchair. The 8th grader wanted lawmakers to understand what it’s like to do daily activities in a wheelchair, so he challenged them to “spend a day in my wheels.”

State Representative Clark Boyd heard Johnson’s call to action and organized the event at the Tennessee House of Representatives. In total, 10 members of the House agreed to use wheelchairs for a day at the office, according to a press release from the Tennessee House Republican Caucus.

“I expected it to be difficult, but I had no idea how frustrating it could be to just simply get around,” Boyd said in the press release. “It’s really been an eye-opening experience.”