Paralympic Athlete Bert Burns’ Shares His Attitude About Using A Wheelchair

Editor’s Note: Many people may think that Bert Burns, after having had a successful athletic career, helping to grow a successful business and developing two different methods–LASCI Online and Onsite–to help others, will kick back, retire and take life easy. But Burns has learned that his work ethic and desire to help others doesn’t allow for retirement. We’ve asked Bert Burns what’s in the future for LASCI. Part 5 of a 5 part series.

If you’re in a wheelchair, you’ll be noticed more. You’ve already got an edge to get to know people and to sell products and services, because you’re in a wheelchair and get noticed first. Now let’s get a little more personal. The same is true for your dating life. There are some girls who won’t go out with you or date you, because you’re in a wheelchair. But every girl or guy will notice you first, since you’re in a wheelchair. The upside is that they’ll usually want to know who you are, which makes talking to the people you want to date much easier. Also their asking you out on a date is easier. Being in a wheelchair not only gives you an advantage in business, but it gives you an advantage in your social life too, if you understand this concept.

Bert says that people will notice you immediately if you're in a wheelchair. This turned out great for him because he met his beautiful wife, Joy.

Bert says that people will notice you immediately if you're in a wheelchair. This turned out great for him because he met his beautiful wife, Joy.

Once people see that you’re in a wheelchair, you have to address the point and keep going, so they understand that you’re not just someone in a wheelchair. You’re someone they want to get to know.

Bert will discuss anything that most people are hesitant to talk about--including the topics of marriage, sex and having children. Here is Bert and Joy with their twins, Emma and Will when they were teeny tiny!

Bert will discuss anything that most people are hesitant to talk about--including the topics of marriage, sex and having children. Here is Bert and Joy with their twins, Emma and Will when they were teeny tiny!

Everyone has a different personality. I’m a very outgoing person. When I see people, I say from my wheelchair, “Hey, how are you doing?” And they immediately think, “Hey, he can talk, too!” And the next step is that I start talking to them. Then they get their minds off the wheelchair and find out that I’m really a person. Usually within 2 or 3 sentences, they no longer see the wheelchair; they see me. You can do the same thing.

One of the advantages for LASCI is that I’ll usually talk for 45 minutes and then leave another 15 minutes open for questions. But then I’ll stay after the talk and make myself available for those who want to ask me a question but are shy or feel like the question they want an answer to may be one other people may not understand. There’s no subject that I won’t discuss. I talk about sex, having children and many other personal topics. One of the questions I’m often asked is how to carry a kid in a wheelchair, change diapers and have kids in the first place.

I’ll talk about any problem that anyone who comes to these meetings have, and the solution that I use. I want to be accessible to help people in wheelchairs either in LASCI online or onsite.
Bert with his wife Joy and their children, Emma and Will.

Bert with his wife Joy and their children, Emma and Will.

The third group I talk to is the staff at rehab hospitals. They know about the patient’s life right after their injury, usually to up to several months after their injury. They don’t know or understand the problems that these people will have after they leave the rehab center or the bright future these people can have, or what they can accomplish. I have a different message for each group.

To get more info, go to website, http://www.uromed.com/Company/LifeAfterSpinalCordInjury. You can learn there how to schedule a group meeting. You also can find out where I’ll be speaking. Then you can come, meet me and learn what life has to hold for you, or have some of your questions answered when you become a part of that group. Or, you can contact Lisa Wells at lwells@uromed.com and get more information on myself or LASCI.

Join LASCI and schedule a meeting with Bert Burns or see where he will be speaking.

Join LASCI and schedule a meeting with Bert Burns or see where he will be speaking.

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

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