I would like to start this post off by reminding you, this post is about me, and that the opinions and experiences of others, might be very much different from my own.
The Obvious Physical Things
This post could not have come at a better time for me. I am thinking differently now, then I would when the weather is warm. I am a manual wheelchair user, and bulky winter coats just add to the time and energy it takes me to get out the door. It is not just about clothing, but winter makes my life harder. You may wonder how? The thing that probably comes to my mind first is snow! Snow, like sand is a chair user’s nightmare. The front smaller wheels on most chairs, mine included often dig into snow.
Growing up, because of the time it took me to get out on the playground for recess I would stay indoors. At least, if my memory serves me correctly this was part if not the full reason why I stayed inside. Recess was only 15 minutes long, and by the time I got already, in the winter, it would be time to come back in. another added benefit of my staying indoors in winter was that my muscles often don’t handle the cold well.
The Social Side of Disability
People mean well, but they don’t always understand what you are asking, when it relates to disability. Disability can socially separate. Although in recent years efforts towards inclusion are happening, there is still room for change, in my opinion.
I remember once when my family had travelled out-of-town for a wedding, we were looking for a place to eat. The hotel had a book of local establishments. We called before to one that looked interesting and asked if they were wheelchair accessible. We were told yes. After getting lost for a few hours, we did find the restaurant. I have come to believe that some will answer the ease of access question with a yes meaning we welcome everyone and not take into account what is actually being asked. The only way in to the building is by a few flights of stairs.
I don’t get invited out much. I write about this in more detail here although that too has improved since I moved my friends come hang out at my apartment a lot. I would like to share a beautiful example of social inclusion now. I found this yesterday on this blog.
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