I am fed up with hearing that “in an ideal world everything would be accessible, but it isn’t an ideal world“.
What the heck does that mean?
What an enormous load of nonsense!!!
Believe me, disabled people already know that the world is far from ideal.
Disabled people live it every single day!
You saying that that it is sad but “just how it is” and that “it will not change”, is actually part of the problem. Excuses and platitudes are useless. Giving excuses as to why businesses do nothing to improve doesn’t actually help at all.
Instead of saying that things are awful but nothing will change, get out there and defend the rights of all! Do more. Be better. Lead the way.
Sign petitions, write letters, support people who need it. Add your voice to campaigns on social media, and, above all, listen to what disabled people tell you they need and DON’T QUESTION IT!
Disabled people are experts in their own needs and in the solutions that work for them. If they tell you that they need toilet facilities with a hoist and adult sized changing table don’t question them about a hundred scenarios, just get on with supporting them.
Blind people. Deaf people. Autistic people. Wheelchair users. Learning disabled people… People know their own needs. They know what works for them.
Disabled people often have years of experience.
Defer to the experts if you are asked to solve something.
Help them to shape that “ideal world”. We all have a role to play.