Picturing Disability

A little photo field trip:

Three children in wheelchairs, smiling at the camera. An adult is seated to their right. One of the walls in the room is brightly coloured, with a mural of a household scene painted on it.

In the Bahamas, children at the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled preparing for the summer play. Creative Commons-licensed photo by obi1323.

A wheelchair user forced into the street because there are no sidewalks. We see the wheelchair user and attendant from behind, as they are moving into oncoming traffic.

In Athens, Greece, lack of sidewalks and curb cuts forces wheelchair and scooter users into the street. Photo by Flickr user Ermis Kasapis, Creative Commons license.

A person grinning and using a hula hoop.

In Cambodia, a girl after water therapy; you can see more Creative Commons licensed photos from the water therapy session at the Angelfish set on Flickr, put up by the Cambodia Trust.

A wheelchair abandoned at the bottom of a flight of steps leading up to the front door of a house. The house is painted blue; the adjoining building on the left is salmon pink.

In Valparaiso, Chile, accessibility is “an issue my country needs to work on very hard,” according to Flickr user panshipanshi, who took this photo (Creative Commons license).

A wheelchair user who also uses a ventilator in his powerchair, which is decorated with "I voted" stickers. A police officer is examining his wallet to remove his identification for the purpose of writing a citation.

In San Francisco, California, 17 disability activists were arrested in June 2009 for blocking traffic in front of Civic Centre while they protested budget cuts. Photo by Flickr user Steve Rhodes (Creative Commons license).

A person on crutches, standing and facing the camera, wearing loose-fitting clothing and a snug cap.

A resident of Kutupalong Camp in Bangladesh, photographed by Team Star, a group of refugee children who were given cameras to document camp life as part of Project Einstein Bangladesh. (Creative Commons license.)

A black and white image of a wheelchair user reading a newspaper on Trafalgar Square, London.

In London, catching up on the news while enjoying Trafalgar Square. Photo by Flickr user Steve Punter, licensed under Creative Commons.

A license plate with the blue wheelchair symbol, indicating that it is on a vehicle used by someone with a permanent disability, with 'ENABLD' as the plate number.

Finally, some levity from Virginia, courtesy of this license plate.

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2 thoughts on “Picturing Disability

  1. Wouldn’t it be great to have a photo from every country in the world?

    Yes, the Athenian curbs are inaccessible. I remember that for BADD 2009, a woman named Emma put them up in her blog entry.

    Again, the Chilean picture was an eye-opener to the barriers faced.

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