This is basically a post for people who think that the world is accessible for those who are disabled, although this is centred around those who use a wheelchair.
And this doesn’t include when people park in disabled spaces without a badge, or question those who park in disabled spaces who don’t use a chair.
The first picture is of a disabled parking space, where the snow has been pushed into that space whilst people were clearing the car park. This also happens when snow ploughers push the snow to the side of the road and onto the pavement as it blocks the dipped down pavement where wheelchair users can get on/off of the pavement and most wheelchairs struggle to be able to push through the snow.
The second picture is of a lift/elevator in Boots a store in the UK, where there are baskets and cases in front of the lift, which block wheelchair users from using it and accessing other levels in the store.
The third picture is of a zebra crossing with a lowered pavement for wheelchair users, and there is an island in the middle with a normal height curb, which blocks wheelchair users, and it means they have to go around, along with having bollards near the entrance which don’t look wide enough to fit a wheelchair through.
The fourth picture is that of a ramp, which has a step in order to get onto the ramp. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t even try.)
The fifth picture is of a ramp with a tree in the middle, which doesn’t have enough room on either side for a wheelchair to get through.
The sixth picture is of a very very steep ramp, which even if you have someone pushing your chair you probably won’t be able to get up it!
The seventh picture is of a disabled parking space, which has a ramp leading to the entrance, which again has steps in order to access the ramp.
The eighth picture is of ‘disabled parking’, where non of the spaces have room to allow chairs to get out of the car, except at the back. They are just normal spaces where a blue sign has been placed in an attempt to make the parking ‘wheelchair accessible’.
The ninth picture is of a reception desk which is too high for wheelchair users to access, as they can’t be seen, due to the fact that they are smaller than the desk.
The final picture is of a ramp which only goes halfway up the curb, essentially meaning there is a step at the top of the ramp.
If anybody still thinks the world isn’t staked against those who are disabled, then I honestly worry about you.
You make good points, but you can’t say the world is actively against the disabled. There are a good many buildings who need to accommodate for them, and some haven’t for a myriad of reasons. Some places’ll do the bare minimum to keep the law from breathing down their necks, but that’s all.
However, this doesn’t mean that the ‘world is staked against’ the disabled. Some places have really nice accomodations, and other places go above and beyond. Let’s try not to generalize.
People with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in the world. WHO
83% of women with disabilities will be sexually abused in their lifetime bpvav
Children with disabilities are five times more likely to be abused bpvav
The amount of people with disabilities that drop out of Uni have doubled in a year the guardian
Goodwill pay their disabled employs less than a $1 per hour aljazeera
Families with a person with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty gov twice as likely according to scope
Disabled people are less likely to be employed gov
Disabled people are three times less likely to have any qualifications, and are half as likely to have a degree gov
Over 25% of disabled people have said they don’t frequently have control of their own lives gov
Disabled people are more likely to experience discrimination at work than those who aren’t disabled gov
About a third of people with disabilities experience difficulties accessing public, commercial and leisure goods and services gov
About a fifth of disabled people have difficulties accessing public transport gov
Disabled people are more likely to be a victim of crime than non disabled people gov
1 in 3 households with a disabled person do not live in decent accommodation (this could be linked with the poverty statistic) gov
1 in 5 people with disabilities who need adaptations in their home believe their accommodation isn’t suitable
Disabled men make 11% less than non disabled men per hour, and women 22%
- 38 per cent of people believe disabled people are a burden on society
- 28 per cent of people believe there is Ill feeling around the perceived extra support given to disabled people (28 per cent
- More than a quarter (27 per cent) of people think disabled people are treated differently because there is a lack of knowledge around disability
- Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of people have admitted they avoid disabled people because they don’t know how to act around them
- More than half (52 per cent) of people assume disabilities are physical
- Only 7 per cent of people would consider mental disability when told that a person is disabled
- Only 26 per cent of people class facial disfigurement as a disability
- More than a third (34 per cnt) don’t consider hearing loss to be a disability.
- One hundred and eighty disability hate crimes are committed every day in this country.
- Fear and loss of confidence are the most common consequences of disability harassment.
- Prosecutions and convictions for disability hate crime fell in 2011/12 after rising three years in a row – only partly due to fewer referrals from the police
TLDR: disabled people do not have life handed to them on a plate, there are so many things that people could do to make our lives easier, but they don’t. things like the pictures above were a visual example, and the sad thing is, I found all these pictures on sites that stated they were hilarious.
The world is staked against disabled people, and so are the people, and yes not everyone is, but stop implying that disabled people have it easy, but some of the world is actively against disabled people, and some of it isn’t, but when it comes down to it, disabled people have a hard time, and a lot have to fight for basic rights.
And I’m going to presume that you aren’t disabled, and I’m sorry for making an assumption, because I know better than anyone that invisible disabilities are all too common, so please don’t try to tell us what it’s like to live with a disability if you have no idea what it’s like yourself