If the world was totally accessible, I wouldn’t be disabled!
Hello, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I enjoy feedback so if anyone has any recommendations on posts or certain things they would like to know about me or being in a wheelchair I will gladly answer. If you like the way my first post was written where I had you imagine you were me let me know! I will continue to post like that then. Also, I apologize in advance for any grammar mistakes, I will try to do my best to check for them.
Imagine this: you’re 16 and all your friends are learning how to drive, getting their license, and their first car. You can’t wait for the day you get to learn so you know what it’s like to feel the freedom of being able to go anywhere, except you can’t, your disability doesn’t allow you the dexterity in your back and neck to look behind you or even side to side. Plus, wheelchair accessible vehicle cost a ridiculous amount of money and adding the technology that would allow you to drive adds more to the price. Though it is a big factor your disability isn’t the only factor that keeps you from driving, parking lots can be a big problem.
Say you did get your license and you are able to drive so you go to the store to pick up some groceries. You pull in and find and accessible spot, get out and roll into the store. When you’re done shopping you roll out of the store and parked next to your vehicle on the ramp side is another vehicle. How do you get in? People aren’t supposed to park in the yellow lines but do all the time, they do so thinking they will only be gone for a few minutes and don’t realize how much they inconvenience another person’s life. I have had this problem multiple times and to me it seemed obvious that if there are yellow lines, don’t park there because it’s for the disabled and elderly. Most of the time when I go to the store we park in the back of the parking lot so no one parks beside us.
I don’t know if people were never taught that those lines are there for people using walkers, wheelchairs, canes, and crutches but I wish they would realize they are there for a reason. Another important thing to remember is that not all ramps come out the side of the vehicle, some come out the back so parking behind a vehicle in a van accessible spot can also prevent the accessibility necessary for that individual. Some vehicles have a lift that is located in the front of the vehicle as well.
Again thank you for reading my blog and I hope that this message gets out there and people start to see the struggles disabled people deal with on a daily basis. Don’t forget my project is still going on and the GoFundMe page is
donate if you can. I want campus to be more accessible when I graduate for the next disabled individuals that want to go to college.