The modern-day convenience that is NOT convenient

Recently, I went to a mall to go shopping. I discovered that a few of the stores had self-checkout stations. So, I decided because I only had a few items to purchase that I would give it a try. Well, you think that would be as easy as all the instructions on the screen right? WRONG!

The idea of this modern technology is ideal. But, they are grossly inaccessible. The debit machine is affixed to the side of the unit above the screen into the left or right making it a challenge to reach for a wheelchair user. I did successfully complete the transaction with the help of the store clerk and by almost getting out of my chair in order to reach the keypad.

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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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One Response to The modern-day convenience that is NOT convenient

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    Hello Laura:

    First tried out a checkout station in another state in early 2012 (though probably earlier – about two or three years earlier).

    Yes, they are inaccessible in certain ways, as you wrote:

    “The debit machine is affixed to the side of the unit above the screen into the left or right making it a challenge to reach for a wheelchair user.”

    Debit machines! Have never accredited for a daily/weekly shop.

    “I did successfully complete the transaction with the help of the store clerk and by almost getting out of my chair in order to reach the keypad.”

    How was the clerk helpful?

    Argh!

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