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Unaccessible places

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

The world is different when you sit. Things are out of reach.

As you can imagine supermarkets are not arranged for kids, little people or people who use a wheelchair. Parking places especially for people with a handicap don't exist without reason. I used to be a very tall girl, 5'8. I'm still tall but now I sit down. My little brother was about the same height as me sitting when he was seven. It doesn't sound like a big deal but I experience the world on a whole other level.

I recently wanted to sign up for therapy, to do some more trauma therapy because I feel like It's still a thing. If I see commercial with skiing or snow it haunts me. I don't want that to be a thing. So I want to work on it. Anyway, so I did research on the available therapist in the area and contacted to ask If I could be put on the waiting list and if the locations are accessible. Guess what? Neither one of the 4 I approached is accessible. And this is a form of care that should be accessible for any person right?

Another example; I decided I want to try some other things, like gliding in a glider plane. I saw a video once, got inspired to try it, I looked up two facilities in the area and again, they had to tell me It's not accessible. So okay, too bad, no flying for me.

The restaurant experience is a horrible one. There are around 580 places in the food service industry around in my city. Let's say 200 are restaurants and cafe's. Up to today I just found 15 places that are accessible. And with accessible I mean that I can enter the location without help and that there is an accessible toilet. Maybe there are a few more I did not discover yet but it's not very likely because I do my research.

Here are some crazy ideas, most bridges that have bike lanes or walking lane, have stairs. But not elevator. I think they should have that. More flat/even and accessible roads, not just for wheelchairs, also for people with baby buggies, strollers, walkers, bikes, and basically all other things with wheels. I see so many old people struggling with walkers and If the population keeps aging, they need this too! And the last one, just more, way more, accessible toilets. In a western society like here in Holland it should be normal.

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