Sue Austin: Deep sea diving … in a wheelchair

When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

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One thought on “Sue Austin: Deep sea diving … in a wheelchair

  1. OMG, that was wicked and incredibly exciting – I have a wheelchair, a manual one, but when I’m in it, the chair disappears from me, I often forget I am in one. My chair too, has changed my perception of the world, and its limitations, I couldn’t afford to buy another one that I’ve seen which would allow me even more freedom, but it gives me something to aspire to. I know when I manage to get it, the world will open up even more for me – I absolutely loved your video, it must have been like heaven down there… WOW… Just carry on being amazing…

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