There are a number of steps we take throughout the day, some are physical and others are mental. I think when you are faced with an illness such as MS, your entire world can shift.
So let’s talk about accessibility and some of the things that people with disabilities think about. Really, it is constantly in our brains — is it accessible? For many people, it is easy to go through an entire day without thinking about the ease of getting into a building: is there an elevator, are the lavatories in close proximity to where I am seated? And on and on. For us, it’s not that simple.
How is accessibility defined? According to the dictionary, accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both direct access (i.e. unassisted) and indirect access meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (ie, computer screen, for a visually impaired individual.
The accessibility challenge is not something new to the disability community. We have been fighting for equity in the workforce and outside for over twenty-five years.
Over the years, many have fought and won the disability discrimination battle. Even in 2018, we continue to place on our boxing gloves. As Daana mentioned (and I thought I would reiterate), there are things being slipped into our legal system that have the potential to be quite detrimental to our community.
Be vigilant and aware of what is taking place, because we are stronger together when we increase our awareness and advocacy.
Interesting information from the National MS Society about the ADA:
Talk to you soon and be sure to listen to our upcoming podcast!
Love and Light!