In Twilight, Billy Black is supposed to be paralysed. How come he can drive if hes in a wheelchair?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There are any number of modifications that allow someone in a wheelchair to drive a car.  The car or van can be changed so that all the necessary things are automated so that the disabled person is able to drive.  Because you can be in a wheelchair but still have a full control of your hands, etc., the car can be changed so that there is a hand throttle, ramped entrance, etc.  If you watch Lost, there are episodes where Locke shows his prowess getting in and out of the car on his own despite being in a wheelchair.  Thanks to advances in technology, there are more and more ways for those having to deal with specific disabilities to be able to participate in the rest of the world without as many limitations.

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Billy doesn't drive, Jacob drives him around. In chapter twelve of Twilight, Billy and Jacob visit Charlie and Bella. When they get out of the car, Jacob had been driving Billy around. Charlie, being a police officer, comments on the fact that Jacob, who is underage, is driving. Jacob counters with a lie that they get permits early on the reservation. Charlie lets it go, because Billy says, "I have to get around somehow." Since Billy is in a wheelchair, Jacob drives him around, even though Jacob doesn't officially have his driver's license yet. 

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Usually Jacob drives Billy around but there are actually a lot of modifications someone can do if they have a wheelchair. Sue Clearwater also takes care of Billy and that helps him.

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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Jacob usually drives Billy around. There was part in one of the books where Bella's dad was joking with Jacob commenting how he's really young to drive and Jacob said everyone usually gets their permits early in La Push. As the series goes on now that Jacob is a wolf he can't take his dad around as much but Sue Clearwater, her late husband was apart of the tribal leaders until he died from a heart attack, is known to take care of him from time to time.

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wallice-higurashi | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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i whould assume that he whould have things installed on his truck so he could drive it without useing his feet, like he whould have hand bars and stuff like that so he could use his hands for the gas an or brakes