In a previous post, "DISABLED/DISABILITY- The ‘D’ Word is Not a 4 Letter Word!", I discussed the importance of acknowledging and understanding a person's disability. When we refer to disability as 'handicapable', 'differently-abled'. 'disAbility', etc., we are essentially diminishing a person's disabilities and only focussing on their abilities. While this sounds like a positive thing for… Continue reading Downplaying Disability Can Cause Accessibility Oversight
There is a lot of controversy these days regarding the word "disability". Many people without disabilities still believe the training and education they received back in the 80's and 90's about how the words 'disabled' or 'disability' are bad words that shouldn't be used. However, there are many people in the disabled community who embrace… Continue reading DISABLED/DISABILITY- The ‘D’ Word is Not a 4 Letter Word!
Sometimes people find it difficult to interact with people using wheelchairs. There are things you just shouldn’t say to someone using assistive devices. Unfortunately, many people do not understand this.
I was invited by a friend recently to an event called Frankenfest held by Indiana Humanities at the Indiana Medical History Museum located in Indianapolis, Indiana. I contacted the organizer of the event to determine if it was accessible, and I was told that the museum itself does not have accessible access to the second… Continue reading My Experience With Accessibility at The Indiana Medical History Museum
Does anyone see a problem with this picture? We have a problem in America with people not understanding what it means to be truly accessible. As a wheelchair user, I run into situations such as this regularly. Whether it is an "accessible" toilet stall that doesn't even fit my wheelchair, lack of appropriate handicap parking,… Continue reading A Wheelchair Sign Doesn’t Automatically Make It Accessible