This is basically a post for people who think that the world is accessible for those who are disabled, although this is centred around those who use a wheelchair.
And this doesn’t include when people park in disabled spaces without a badge, or question those who park in disabled spaces who don’t use a chair.
The first picture is of a disabled parking space, where the snow has been pushed into that space whilst people were clearing the car park. This also happens when snow ploughers push the snow to the side of the road and onto the pavement as it blocks the dipped down pavement where wheelchair users can get on/off of the pavement and most wheelchairs struggle to be able to push through the snow.
The second picture is of a lift/elevator in Boots a store in the UK, where there are baskets and cases in front of the lift, which block wheelchair users from using it and accessing other levels in the store.
The third picture is of a zebra crossing with a lowered pavement for wheelchair users, and there is an island in the middle with a normal height curb, which blocks wheelchair users, and it means they have to go around, along with having bollards near the entrance which don’t look wide enough to fit a wheelchair through.
The fourth picture is that of a ramp, which has a step in order to get onto the ramp. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t even try.)
The fifth picture is of a ramp with a tree in the middle, which doesn’t have enough room on either side for a wheelchair to get through.
The sixth picture is of a very very steep ramp, which even if you have someone pushing your chair you probably won’t be able to get up it!
The seventh picture is of a disabled parking space, which has a ramp leading to the entrance, which again has steps in order to access the ramp.
The eighth picture is of ‘disabled parking’, where non of the spaces have room to allow chairs to get out of the car, except at the back. They are just normal spaces where a blue sign has been placed in an attempt to make the parking ‘wheelchair accessible’.
The ninth picture is of a reception desk which is too high for wheelchair users to access, as they can’t be seen, due to the fact that they are smaller than the desk.
The final picture is of a ramp which only goes halfway up the curb, essentially meaning there is a step at the top of the ramp.
If anybody still thinks the world isn’t staked against those who are disabled, then I honestly worry about you.
High reception desks and store counters are the bane of my existence, especially in medical clinics!
See: conforming to the letter of the law without actually giving enough of a shit to ensure that you’ve done so in a way that enables differently abled or disabled persons to utilize the very spaces and services you’re supposed to making accessible.
See also two of my old workplaces:
One was in such an old building (I think there were actually city restrictions on altering it due to its age) that we couldn’t feasibly make it wheelchair accessible. What did we do? We installed a buzzer so that customers in wheelchairs or with other mobility problems (to get to any floor of our store, you had to use stairs) could notify us, and we always made sure we had at least one dedicated staff member on hand to run around and do their shopping for them as best as they possibly could. It wasn’t a perfect solution, but we weren’t about to subject people to our terrifying freight elevator.
The other had a perfectly usable access ramp and special fitting room for persons with mobility problems or just people pushing strollers or baby carriages, and what did they do?
They made a habit of storing excess stock and mannequins in the fitting room and rolling racks on the flat area of the ramp (it was a two-part ramp- a little bit of a hairpin turn that was doable if it was clear, but completely impassable if it was not.)
How we treat our differently abled and disabled population has a hell of a lot more to do with attitude than actual legality. Even if there’s no active ill will involved, people find plenty of ways to be shitty and exclusionary through simple disregard.
Honestly, the Mythbusters could do anything and it would be the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. I’m at the episode where they yell at yogurt to see if it feels sadness and I’m so fucking into it.
Someone submitted a link but it’s actually a virus. I clicked it because I thought it was something Photoshop related as it was submitted to YeahPs. It sent me to a page saying:
WHAT EVER YOU DO DON’T CLICK IT OR LOG IN BECAUSE IT DELETES YOUR BLOG! MY FRIEND OPENED IT AND LOGGED BACK IN!
The person who is spreading this is someone called ”lastinganime”.
REBLOG THIS AND SPREAD AWARENESS!
Well we’re all going to die.
I, for one, welcome our new terrifying mechanical bovine overlords.
Please don’t support Autism Speaks. It’s a toxic organization that harms autistic people under the guide of “help” and advocates for the eradication of autistics, not for the benefit of autistic people
Also keep in mind that there’s not a single autistic person involved and they had made several commercials that basically say that we are a burden to society.
i wish puberty took you to a customize your character screen
do you realize how many people would be dragons
why do you say that like it’s a bad thing
that’s the entire goddamn continuity
transformers: seven million year old babies
alright- a mix for when you’re sad and you just want to be sad for a while but know that eventually everything will be ok
take me as i am- au revoir simone | breaking down (acoustic)- florence + the machine | three little birds (cover)- brendon urie | blackout- muse | hope for now- city and colour | johnny boy- twenty one pilots | train under water- bright eyes | i like giants- kimya dawson | ruby- foster the people | rubber ball- cage the elephant | black star- radiohead | run, rabbit, run- the hoosiers | i’m not your hero- tegan & sara | don’t panic- coldplay | stars (itunes session)- fun. | everything will be alright- the killers
i still believe!
in the me that i believe in.
in humanity. in the future.
my drill is my soul!