A disability-friendly community asks its citizens to become creative problem-solvers. If some of us have a problem, we all have a problem. When we solve it for some, we can solve it for all. Disability Dialog is your invitation to weigh-in on key topics, and offer your ideas and/or suggestions for solutions—the more creative the better!
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When a stroke led to my joining the disability community, I wanted to participate in all aspects of socializing including arts, dining, shopping and religion. My poor walking and one-handed reality can make it difficult to visit certain locations. I think of uneven brick sidewalks and steep entrance steps. These may look quaint but I have passed by certain shops knowing I could not enter or exit safely. My message is to business owners promoting old-timey or theme ambience. - Design choices should still accommodate people with disabilities. Twenty percent of the population self identifies as having a disability, and the leading cause of adult disability is stroke, which often limits mobility. I guess accessibility and transportation remain my main concerns for people with disabilities in the Toledo area.
A teacher I am friends with on Facebook shared this story of a school casting a wheelchair-using girl (and her service dog) in The Wizard of Oz: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NJ-High-School-Student-Who-Uses-a-Wheelchair-Stars-in-Wizard-of-Oz-Alongside-Her-Service-Dog-508087611.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand&fbclid=IwAR3CZRGzk1yYXMWY011GrmZ6B9NU-t0QaPqctgD6n4exPhctCS0S--M3M44
Thank you for providing this platform. What I find as a severely disabled person is the lack of social acceptance of 'invisible illness' which can be mental & physical. A campaign of education to enlighten the community that not all disabilities are visible would perhaps change perceptions. Cheers
Are churches and other groups that meet on Sundays organizing their car-driving members to give rides to those without transportation? Also, if your event is Monday-Saturday, and people will be taking TARPS or other specialized transportation, advanced notice is very helpful. TARPS rides can be booked up to seven days before the day of the trip, and sometimes waiting until the day before is risky - the time you want isn't always available. Knowing about events a week or more out is helpful.
We seem to hear/read a lot these days about the need for young adults (20s and 30s) to be more independent from their parents. And we talk a lot about "empowerment" and use it to mean "doing whatever you want." People who make these speeches or write these articles are usually thinking about 20-or-30-somethings who (they assume) don't have disabilities. Or they don't think about disabilities. But touting independence and empowerment as virtues can sound like criticism of people who need support in every day life (due to disabilities).
There are people with disabilities who do not qualify for a Medicaid waiver to pay for home and personal care staff, because they do not fit the exact criteria for DD services. They have the diagnosis but don't meet enough of the impairment criteria. This can happen especially with people with certain forms of autism. But these people struggle with forming peer relationships and may be vulnerable if they go out to typical community activities (such as a "club") by themselves, because of their impairments in social interaction. One possible support would be a group of volunteers - family of other people with ASD, or church members - who volunteer but serve kind of like "staff" out in the community. Perhaps to introduce them to potential social contacts, but more to just help them avoid unsafe situations, etc.
Robert M. Hensel