A world created by able-bodied individuals

We live in a world created by able-bodied individuals for able-bodied individuals.

Architecture, urban planning and the layout of public spaces are obviously a source of difficulties and concerns for people with reduced mobility. Steps in front of the elevators or bathrooms in the basement only accessible by stairs make travel impossible.

I remember stopping at a restaurant with friends on a bad pain day and realizing that the bathroom were on the second floor. It took me everything I had to get up those stairs and a friend had to help me down to make sure I didn’t fall. It has happened to me in the past to fall down a flight of stairs. It’s not an experience I recommend.

The direct corollary of these urban obstacles results in the exclusion of persons with reduced mobility from any perspective of full access to social life and to certain meeting places. Physical disability always represents a little more organization.

We live in a world created by able-bodied individuals for able-bodied individuals. Blind people and other people with disabilities are regularly confronted with serious inequalities of treatment.

People sometime assume that you have to act a certain way. For example, when I go shopping with my kids, I need the help of forearm crutches. When we first begin our trip, I can walk and the more we go the more difficult it gets. If they see you while you aren’t struggling, they assume you are faking or trying to get attention or special treatment. When you are exhausted and in serious pain, they assume you are also mentally challenged.

There is still a tendency to think that people with disabilities are destined to stay at home.


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