Am not being a bitch
am not being deliberately provocative.
am being an ADULT. only recently belonging to the “limited” population- disabled in the world by THOUGHTLESSNESS and still inadequate PROVISION.
and i’d like when we go out as a family that there is an OPTION to remain as a family…not just a SILO for wheelchair PLUS ONE.
unless you have sat, SAT in the middle of a ROOM, Parked…. under so much scrutiny….. there like a piece of modern art…”homage to un freak” …or some other piece of RANDOM experiment…you have NO IDEA.
so ANYONE planning buildings, stadiums, offices…towns MUST involve the reality and the expertise of disabled peoples’ experience in their work!
I am new to the disabled world, but not new to common sense and decency.
Why would i NOT say hi to a wheelchair passenger?
Did i ever assume people who have the need for a WHEELCHAIR, to be blind, and deaf, mentally impaired, completely unaware the world? To not want interaction? To want to be patronised and spoken to as if all development stopped? To WANT to wear the one man waterproof TENT gear?
Did i ever trip happily and almost FALL OVER the scooter and turn and laugh to my friends, at the irony of ” falling over the wheelchair!”then rush past laughing with my friends as the “wheelchair” woudln’t mind…or understand…LAUGH??? LOLOL???
Did i ever complain that the ONLY way out of a new building was by pressing the button to open the door….cos woah, there is NOTHING wrong with me? why should we ALL be treated that way?
Have you ever LOOKED at how high a worktop is?? Where were the disabled when THIS was planned?
- booking in at your GP
- check -in at airport
- paying in a restaurant
- the “information desk
- customer service
- ticket office?
- the turnstile at the football match?
- the indigity of the fuss over YOU!
- at an ATM?
- too many others
IS it ok to chicane the wheelchairs off into an AREA for WHEELCHAIRS AND PLUS ONES… them with ONE member of their family. Inclusion my ARSE!.. look for God’s sake? Are we having a FAMILY FUN DAY??? NO!NO…NO!!!!!!!!!
- ..i CHOOSE to sit with my family…with ALL of my FAMILY…not with ONE when we take a day out.…TOGETHER
- and take the last few steps there ON MY STICK. which does not mean
- I am cured
- I am LAZY
- I am faking disability.
- it means you have NO IDEA how limited the WORLD STILL IS to someone in a wheelchair.
VERY ANGRY and Disappointed that it satisfies stats on some paperwork, some desk, on a theoretical list of “what do they need?”
This little rant i wrote in tears a few weeks ago… the WHEELCHAIR dignity?
and a better one i READ today… mine is more in PAIN. this is calmer things NOT to do to a WHEELCHAIR using PERSON!
we deserve better.
ANYONE deserves better.
SOCIETY…you remain the disability!