In the 21st century, you’d expect all public services to be wheelchair accessible. Yet, there is an app where places are colour coded, depending on their accessibility; green for wheelchair accessible, orange for partial and red for not accessible, which I think is great to have this information. To have an app which can tell us whether or not wheelchair users will have access, prior to our departure.
But what I don’t like, is the fact there are still red zones in Ireland. In this day and age, surely every service should be accessible.
The attitude I feel which is being portrayed by non accessible places is ‘we haven’t thought about your accessibility because you’re an inadequate person’
As pessimistic as it sounds, I know for a fact that this is the attitude taken on by some people.
(the markers indicate no access for wheelchairs)
I was talking to fellow wheelchair users a couple of months ago, about the perceptions they face by the “fully able” person, to which they all sounded too familiar. I was researching the stereotypes which impaired people are labelled with, to which several apply to me, including: pity ✔(needed to be looked after, pathetic), the bad guy, incapable of a sexual relationship✔(I think my boyfriend would disagree with this one), super criple ✔(inspirational and never asks for help, bitter about life, victims✔ (vulnerable and weak), burden and outcast✔ (cannot contribute to society), incapable of contributing in everyday life✔
I receive these presumptions way too often. My only comeback (although uncertain at the moment), ‘wait until I’m walking again; how stupid will you feel then’.
Society towards those impaired needs a serious kick up the ass. To label a person and treat us ALL like dumb children is extremely ignorant and shallow minded.
I hate being made feel inferior to society, and although I don’t plan to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life; I am demanding a change regarding EVERYTHING on behalf of the voiceless.
- Tips for Making the Workplace Wheelchair Accessible (minnesotaemployer.com)