What is the true definition of accessibility? There are multiple, I personally prefer “the ability to access” as one of Wikipedia’s definitions.
Accessibility is so much more than a ramp, and a common misconception amongst accessibility is that only wheelchair users require it, but that is so far from the truth. Accessibility can mean so many different things for different people; it can be a hand rail on both the right and left side of the stairs, it can mean an interpreter, stop lights with braille or electronic voice interpreters, it can be a wide stall, a parking spot.. the list can just go on.
I would give people the benefit of the doubt, especially at the beginning of my wheelchair using stages, but as time went on the ” maybe they didn’t realize” quota was higher than the number of fingers and toes on my body. I have limited patience left as time goes on and especially when the common sense and obvious features are unmistakable- such as the big turquoise wheelchair , and the please park at least 10 meters away sign on our van.
If there’s one thing having an illness and requiring a wheelchair has taught me is that some people are ignorant, if I am in a forgiving way I would say “they wont know until they’ve gone through it” but being a kind person is something everyone should know how to be.
On this page the goal is to help and prevent inaccessibility situations before you arrive or plan to be somewhere.
Categories include but aren’t limited to:
- Shopping centers
- Bathroom accessibility
- Transportation/Mobility parking spots
- World travel