Do Able Bodied People Understand Accessibility?

Wheelchairs like Central Park, too

Wheelchairs like Central Park, too (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

I distinctly remember being asked by a kid on the playground, if I missed being able to walk. I think this child assumed, incorrectly, that I was in a wheelchair due to injury. But this offered me food for thought: How can one truly miss what they don’t know?

My perceptions

The thought process that I go through before going anywhere new is extensive. My focus of course is: Is this place accessible?  Often when I ask able bodied friends who have been to the location before I am met with a hesitant “Yeah, I think so. But I can’t be sure.” My friends meant well this is just not something they have to pay attention to.


Stairs (Photo credit: jeremydeades)

This, at first, used to frustrate me until I understood that people do not think like I do with regards to this unless it impacts their own life in some way?  I think about it, because I am forced to. I highly doubt though that if it wasn’t part of my day to day life that I would not pay much attention to it?
Food for thought: Are your friends good at recognizing accessibility issues?






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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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