Why is accessibility so difficult to understand?

When I first encountered the term “ablist” I was taken aback. I didn’t like it and felt it was an effort to intentionally create difference and dischord.

I was wrong.

Spending the last year helping my wife navigate life with a variety of mobility devices I continue to be amazed how inaccessible certain places are.

Such as nursing homes.

Just for reference, or as a pro-tip, if you are going to have a kick-off meeting to plan a patient’s rehab, and you  have invited the patient, and you KNOW the patient is is non-ambulatory (after all you have her file in front of you) it seems common sense that the conference room be accessible.

You know:

A clear space at the table for a wheelchair.

A 36″ wide (or greater) pathway to that space.

It seems a no-brainer to me…especially when you have dozens of such patients.

Of course, making the patient rooms easily accessible might be a greater priority. But for goshsakes just do at least one of these things!

At least this place is not the warehouse of death I was afraid it might be. Closer to a fulfillment center, I think.

Be nice. It won't hurt either of us.

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