7 responses to “Accessibility is Not An Individual Problem”

  1. Astrid

    This reminds me of something my boyfriend said a few days ago. We have a national law as of 2010 requiring public transportation to be accessible to disabled persons, so all buses now have some kind of wheelchair accessible way of entry. However, the driver has to roll out that entrance for wheelchair users (don’t know how to properly explain), and oftentimes, they drive by when a wheelchair user wants to get on the bus. My boyfriend used this as an argument why the law is useless. I use it as an argument why legislation is not enough.

  2. Norah

    Not surprised to hear they drive by, since they’re pretty crap about other accessibility stuff in buses here too. Also reminded that so many apartment buildings here don’t have elevators: they don’t put one in until the building is over a certain number of storeys high. We live in one of these buildings without one and it meant that in the last few years of his life, my grandpa couldn’t come visit us here mostly because he couldn’t walk up several flights of stairs anymore, for example. These buildings aren’t that old.
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  3. Indigo Jo

    In London nowadays, all buses have to be of a supposedly wheelchair accessible type, which usually means the middle doors have a roll-out ramp and it can be automatically deployed by pressing a button. This caused some problems initially (late 90s), as the buses have low floors so they can’t be used on roads where there are speed bumps, so they have to be removed. They certainly look bigger than the old 1980s “Olympian” double-deck buses.

    But I often notice that the wheelchair space is already full with luggage, baby buggies or just standing passengers, and often the space between the door and the wheelchair space is occupied as well. There have also been complaints that bus drivers just go straight by (the same has also been true of cab drivers, as black cabs — official London taxis, usually but not always black — have wheelchair ramps but some drivers cannot be bothered to use them). There is also the issue of whether a bus driver will or can compel an obstructive passenger to move their backside or their buggy. I very rarely see the wheelchair space used for its intended purpose.

  4. The Untoward Lady

    Speaking of busses and buss drivers who just drive by. Earlier this week I saw one worse. The bus driver pulled up to one of the more busy stops and there was a man in a wheelchair. She stopped, let the abled passengers board and then told the man in the wheelchair that he had to wait behind because the “bus was too full” and she was “running behind” and that she “already had a chair in the bus anyway.” (note, the bus could hold two wheelchair users, and I love how it’s a chair and not someone in a chair)

  5. erin

    ilu & this post.

    I had no idea how amazing my undergrad’s disability accommodations office was until I got to graduate.school, where a complete lack of accommodation was one of the major factors in my dropping out.

  6. Kateryna Fury

    I don’t attend events where things are not accessible. This has caused me to lose a lot of what was on my plate but in turn i do tell these people that they have lost an advocate, a source of funding, and the things that they wanted me to do for them. When they fix it, then they can tell me and I may swing round again.

    Just to make you smile a bit, I am in the process of planning a convention with people locally (a comicon) and not only was it NOT presumed I would handle accessibility, it has been presumed that a significant portion of those in attendance will be disabled, therefore we will be finding an accessible location. I have the option of volunteering for that process if I am up for it. This group is taking into account pain, exhaustion, etc when it comes to not just the attendees but the planners themselves.