Recently the hashtag #TakingtheDis has been quite popular with the disabled community on Twitter after someone posted about poor access.
It hit home because many of us face problems daily, in fact many times a day and yes it is poor access to buildings but it is mainly inconsiderate behaviour.
I have started using a GoPro that is clamped to my chair, it was initially because of safety as assaults on disabled is rising but it has actually been useful to highlight peoples ignorance and laziness when it comes to parking.
Today my wife announced that she was going to the chemist, but we have our 6 month old and 2 year old granddaughters with us today and so it was easier for me to pop down there and yes you guessed it.
I crossed the road as our side is often blocked and the worst for dog crap (horrible when you run over that) and soon I realised that the path was blocked.
Of course I view this from my point of view as a wheelchair user, but this ignorance affects so many. Those using mobility scooters, someone on crutches wouldn’t get past, the sight impaired, parents with buggies and all because it was convenient and he was sorry!
You kind of get used to it but for me this was made worse when I pointed to the camera recording everything and he said “can’t we deal with this like adults?”, yes I was being childish by complaining that he had parked all four wheels on the path!
Then as I returned home and he was still there sat in the van blocking access, he apologised again and said he understood as he had a sibling with mobility issues.
For me that makes it worse, it means that if that is the case, he understands the problems and yet has still blocked the path.
Poor I am sorry excuse!
I don’t venture out that often but when I do, I can guarantee there will be a problem. People who commute to work, school, college etc face multiple problems every day.
From blocked access, no access and problems with public transport and I would love to say that it is getting better.
But it isn’t!