Today’s post will focus on the topic of isolation. I was spurred on by the following article. Please read this first as this post then comments on it.
The article talks about a prevalent problem faced by people with disabilities. I’ve discovered, and this is strictly my opinion, that there are two ranks for people with disabilities. Those who suffer the plight of circumstance and therefore are isolated and those who “look” the same as the first category mentioned but seem to be embraced by their community socially. I can’t begin to tell you what the difference is, nor how to ensure you or your loved one are embraced into social gatherings.
I think isolation in part stems from societal problems as well; this said I still think it is the responsibility of the person feeling isolated to make an effort to change this. Society I feel, does somewhat of a disservice when places are inaccessible. By the same token, I DO recognize that with historic buildings and such that it isn’t always possible to make everything 100% accessible.
But seriously, I feel like society needs a lesson in terminology. When a potential patron calls to ask if your establishment is wheelchair accessible don’t answer YES, only to have them arrive at your business and be greeted by two flights of stairs just to get in the front door. People this is a very real example and has happened to me more than once. If we were all mindful maybe things wouldn’t be so confused in this regard?
What are your thoughts?
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