Recommended Reading for January 26th
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Failblog: Drop Off Spot Fail
jesse_the_k in access_fandom: Making Space for Wheelchairs and Scooters
These guidelines come out of my experience working on WisCon, a 1000-person annual convention in a recently remodeled hotel.
There are many elements to making your event wheelchair-accessible. While U.S. law requires minimal wheelchair access, never rely on a venue’s general assertion of “oh yes, we’re accessible.” Those little wheelchair stickers? Anyone can buy them and post them at will, even at the bottom of a flight of steps.
Anthony A. Jack at Social Science Lite: The Insolence of Understanding: Part II
I ask again, what exactly is being said when we use other people’s situation as teaching moments for privileged individuals. The directors had Artie seem enthusiastic about the fact that his friends will be joining him in being wheelchair bound. I am not sure exactly what his response is supposed to mean. As I argued in part I, “we must realize that we do not become who we pretend to be but also that who we pretend to be are real. It is the mismatch between the show of solidarity and the reality of the life of those individuals that I find most troubling. The insolence of understanding.”
The Guardian: Mother cleared of bedridden daughter’s attempted murder
A mother who helped her daughter end her own life by handing her morphine and administering other drugs has been cleared of attempted murder.
A new law making it illegal for transport operators to discriminate against disabled customers comes into force in Northern Ireland on Monday.
The “Disability Transport Regulations” cover trains, buses, coaches, taxis, vehicle rental and breakdown services. It is now unlawful to treat a disabled person less favourably than able-bodied customers by offering a lower standard of service, for example.
Seattle News: Take an Ax to It
But the Association of Washington Business is backing a bill, with support from both parties, that would tighten constraints on who qualifies for workers’ comp and give businesses the option to settle out of expensive ongoing claims with lump-sum payments.
Herring-Puz says these bills are “blatant attempts to cut benefits, and that’s all they are.”
The bylaw in question banned new social housing and social services and some forms of rental housing from a 10-block area called Cedar Hill, which is adjacent to the downtown.[…] The 2005 [City of Kitchener] bylaw banned lodging houses, social service establishments that provide crisis care or onsite counselling, residential care facilities, small houses, or single detached houses with more than two bedrooms. Owners have to live on the premises of new rental housing. […]
The [Ontario Municipal Board] said the city failed to consider the need to improve accessibility to housing and services for people with disabilities. The city bylaw also failed to take into account the importance of housing for people with low incomes, physical or mental challenges or other health issues.