I wanted to share the link below from CNN’s website. It caused me to reflect on how our society perceives disability and how it impacts our lives. When I went through my last reconstructive surgery I was around the age of eleven. I had to use a wheelchair for a while during that time. I recall being in a room that was not designed for a wheelchair….why was that? I was told it was because I had to learn how to ‘deal’ with using a wheelchair.
I wonder what life would be like if professionals and citizens learned how to design inclusive, equitable environments so that everyone could fully participate? We need to shift our thinking. Poor design and the lack of proactive inclusive thought is what is limiting….not the disability, not the wheelchair.