Thursday, May 24, 2012

Let's Hear it Fellow Disabled People

'Free Freshly Painted Handicap Wheelchair Parking Sign in Parking Lot Creative Commons' photo (c) 2011, D. Sharon Pruitt - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

As a disabled woman, I find that small accommodations can make so much of a difference in my day.  Unfortunately, this does not happen often and instead I find myself rolling my eyes and snarking about the same complaint day after day.

It's a beautiful day here in the armpit of Canada, known as Niagara Falls, and so I decided to make a coffee run to Tim Hortons. It is after all ice cap season (no, don't tell me about the calories) As I approached Tim Hortons, once again there was a crowd standing in front of the ramp.  I pulled up right in front of them and had to ask them to move, though they saw me waiting and then was treated to sighs and eye rolling.  You would think that seeing me enter Timmy's that they would assume that I would be leaving and would once again need the ramp, but you would be wrong.  As I left the store, they were once again congregated on the ramp, causing me to have to ask them to move so that I could get by.  Freaking get it together people.

Yes, I am irritated.  TAB people need to be more sensitive and yes a little common sense would go along way. I thought that we could use this thread to talk about the everyday irritations we face as disabled people.

I will start off with a few of mine and you can finish:
  1. don't block the curb cuts
  2. don't assume that I need you to hold the door for me
  3. don't assume that because you held the door that I am going to worship you like you are the second coming
  4. don't treat my mobility device like it's a hideous appendage 
  5. don't offer me miracle cures (and this goes double for cherry juice, vitamin C and triple for fucking Mormon goji juice)
  6. Recognize that I am not bound to my mobility device and that I use it instead
  7. Don't assume that because of my disability that I am not an intelligent woman
  8. Don't expect me to be silent about a lack of access
  9. Understand that my disability does not make me passive
  10. Finally, respect my limits. When I say I cannot do something accept it.
Okay people, hit me up in the comment sections with your common everyday issues regarding disability.