Saturday, August 4, 2012
Did you notice?
We talk a lot about making things accessible. The Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped with this tremendously in the United States. So what's to notice? Unless disability directly impacts us or someone we know, how many times do you go about your business each day never really noticing if someone with a disability might have trouble accessing with ease and efficiency the same things you do? How long do you have to wait for an elevator....how are rooms set-up? Do you have to move furniture around when you know someone who uses a wheelchair is coming? Is the waiting or reception area accessible...that is, can you sit in a variety of places and access the same information? Is the small coffee shop(s) in your building easily accessible? What do you really notice when you walk around each day? What is access? Next time you are out and about, really look. What would the difference be if you could not see, hear, walk etc.? What little things can we do better regardless of being told we have to?