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Carrying cash and valuables

You may need to carry your money, credit cards, laptop computers and other valuables in bags attached to your wheelchair. Keeping money and valuables safe can be a concern. The following suggestions have been made by people who have communication disabilities.


  • Decide what you need before going out e.g. money, I.D. or credit cards etc.
  • Carry only small amounts of money
  • Keep money, credit cards and identification cards in different pouches/compartments
  • Decide which pouches you want people to be able to have access to and which pouches should be hidden
  • Decide where to keep the pouches
    • inside of wheelchair next to your body
    • side of wheelchair
    • attached to your wrist, waist or around your neck
    • on your tray
  • Decide how to connect pouches to chair i.e. with bungee cord, chain, velcro etc.
  • Label the content of a pouch that you want people to easily get at e.g. pouch containing bus ticket
  • Decide to use a rear view mirror to see behind you especially if you have a wheelchair bag at the back of your chair
  • Decide not to label pouches that contain money or credit cards
  • Decide not to keep valuables in a bag at the back of chair or keeping valuables at the bottom of the bag
  • Decide to have an alarm/call bell/panic button which you can operate in cases of emergency.


Pouch is attached to lap-tray using Velcro.

Contains: Bus tickets for the day.

Note: An “emergency” ticket is kept in separate wallet.

Bus tickets tucked into device.

Bag attached to side of wheelchair.

Contains: Items easily accessible and of little value to others.

Clock attached to tray using Velcro.

Small pouch attached to side of head rest.

Contains: Bus tickets.

Wallet attached to wrist.

Can be easily seen by AAC user

Contains: Cash, credit cards, I.D.

Rear view mirror.

Person can see behind and keep an eye on their wheelchair bag.

Clear label to direct bus driver to tickets.

Zippered pouch on side of chair attached with chain.

Contains: Cash, credit cards, I.D.

Fanny pack around waist.

Contains: Cash, credit cards, I.D.

Pouch with lots of pockets and compartments to keep things separated.

Wallet is secured to wheelchair with a chain.

Wooden box attached to the wheelchair. Cannot be removed. Locks could be added for security – laser lock which can be operated with a single switch; combination lock or key kept in a separate place.

Practice Scenarios

You may want to practice communicating in the following situations. Ask someone you trust to assist and give you feedback.

  1. You want to know how much money you have in your wallet. What would you say to your attendant?
  2. You want the bus driver to be able to see and get your bus ticket without having to go into your wallet. What would you tell your attendant to do? What would you tell the bus driver to do?
  3. You want to make sure that your laptop computer is safely padded in your wheelchair bag. What would you say to your assistant?
  4. You want to see if someone is behind you and if he/she is getting at your wheelchair bag. What could you use?
  5. You want to secure your wheelchair bag to your chair. What could you use?
  6. Someone has stolen your wallet. What would you say and do?