[Brooke Winters tweeted: “As a disabled person I don’t want to be told I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I want to know that what I can do is good enough.”]
You know society can look down on the disabled as much as the want but who is ultimately gonna be the reason cyborgs become a thing?
Once my friend Henry was accused of wearing wireless headphones by a substitute so she said for him to hand them over so he took them off and handed them to her. Then later on she asked him a question and he didn’t respond so she said it louder and he still didn’t respond. She asked why he was not responding and he said “I can’t understand you ma’am, you took my hearing aids.”
one time we had a sub that was handing back papers and called my name. I asked if someone could grab it for me and she started mocking me for not even standing up. taunting me asking why I was not walking up to the front to get the paper myself.
my classmates went dead silent and after the sub’s laughter ended someone informed her that the wheelchair parked nearby belonged to me
My sister once had her insulin pump ripped off of her because her exam proctor (a sub) thought it was some cheating device.
He soon figured out that it was, in fact, not, when the port on her side (the place the needle goes in) started bleeding through her shirt. Her pump started beeping frantically, because that’s what it does, and it was general chaos until my sister ripped what’s basically her pancreas out of his hands, told her friend “Let the next proctor know I’ll need extra time,” and walked out of the room towards the nurse.
Literally schools are shit with disabilities. In elementary school I was having a high blood sugar reaction(cold sweats to rapid passing in and out of consciousness, vomiting and finally leading to a massive seizure before you die) and I KNEW I had to go to the nurse cuz I was getting worse. Kept telling my teach I needed to go and he kept saying no till finally I felt myself about to throw up and I’m screaming LET ME GO (i was a little kid to me i couldnt do anything in an institution without an adults say so or id basically go to hell) and the bitch said SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTH AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE LESSON where I proceeded to projectile vomit all over my desk and he jut kept going on with the lesson. Finally I just booked it out of the room but I was too far gone to even REMEMBER where the nurses office was let alone where the hell I was that my class literally just left and helped me to the nurses office. I immediately went to the hospital and officially died for 5 minutes before I was revived. I could have stayed dead all because some fuck twad thought his lesson was more important than a students life
After Columbine, a local school installed metal detectors and made everyone walk through them and put their bags on a table for a teacher to search.
A few days into the school year, a teacher ripped a boy’s insulin pump off him because she thought it was a weapon, despite he and his sister insisting it was an insulin pump and he needed it to live.
I don’t know how many of you are still in school but I have some valuable knowledge that might actually help with this problem! In the United States there’s this thing called a 504 Plan that you can get which basically gives you legal protection from disability/chronic illness discrimination in public schools.
Students can qualify for 504 plans if they have physical or mental impairments that affect or limit any of their abilities to:
walk, breathe, eat, or sleep;
communicate, see, hear, or speak;
read, concentrate, think, or learn;
stand, bend, lift, or work
Examples of accommodations in 504 plans include:
extended time on tests and assignments,
reduced homework or classwork,
verbal, visual, or technology aids,
modified textbooks or audio-video materials,
behavior management support,
adjusted class schedules or grading,
excused lateness, absence, or missed classwork
I’m a type one diabetic and my school nurse would do stuff like keep all my meds in a locked cabinet, not let me take my insulin or test my blood sugar unless she was watching me, and lie to my mother about me inducing low blood sugars in order to get out of class. She wouldn’t even let me keep glucagon (emergency sugar injection) on my person in case I passed out from low blood sugar.
So one day I casually mentioned all this to my endocrinologist and she was really mad. She was really angry at the school nurse for mistreating me like that and informed me of this thing called a 504 plan. A 504 plan protects students with disabilities and chronic illnesses from discrimination by outlining exactly what a student needs to meet their special needs. For me, this meant I had to be able to keep ahold of my own meds in case of emergency and keep track of my own glucose levels, that I would never be marked late for a class if I was busy treating a low, and I could pause the clock on a standardized test to check my blood sugar and treat it.
If you have a disability and you’re still attending public school, PLEASE read up on 504 plans because they saved me so much grief when I was still in school. It might help you too.
Here’s some more information about 504 plans:
Passing this along. I would not have made it this far without my disability documentation in school.
I no longer believe in the human race.
This is the laziest shit ever
How lazy can humans get?
Have you never met white ppl?
yh but if you look outside your own personal reasons for using this, laziness, it actually looks a really great and practical way to put on your socks if you have a disability that hinders you from otherwise being able so without someone there to help you
you do realise that there are people out there who literally have to travel door to door helping elderly people, disabled people and people with chronic illnesses to put on their socks? people are paid to help put on pressure socks to help with oedema? don’t you realise that if these people could have one of these tools, these caregivers could be doing something else and that this therefore is an incredible tool designed to cater for some of the most healthcare dependent people in our society? do you guys even realise there are other people living other lives?
i really wish i had this when my spine was broken and i had to wear a medical metal corset which made bending down impossible. i had to ask my mom to help me with socks and it was kinda humiliating.
My dad spends an hour in the morning getting dressed because he has no one to help him to get his socks on because his ankle is fused. If he had this it would literally save him an hour.
“Oh but people are so lazy!”
fuck off you ableist pieces of shit
Honestly I don’t even get how you could look at this and think “lazy”. This looks like more work for an otherwise able-bodied person than just putting their sock on the regular way. It’s pretty obvious this is meant for people who have trouble bending over, like come on.
You know how people go straight to “lazy” on this? Because we’re trained to think of most accessibility modifications as lazy. The disabled = lazy message is deeply embedded in our culture.
Does anyone know what this is called/where I could get it?
My mom has incesingly bad arthritis and the process of bending to put her socks on is getting harder for her. My dad could totally put the socks on it for her at night and then in the morning she could just slip them on.
It appears to be the Pratiflex PR001. They claim that the Pratiflex PR002 is more versatile, though. They’re Brazilian products, and my Portuguese is not so hot (nor is Google Translate’s). However, the website is here and you can apparently order them online for the equivalent of approximately US$20 (not including shipping, etc.) for the PR001 or US$34 for the PR002.
The site says that they’re widely used in the States and Europe, but that they’re finally making them available in Brazil, so presumably you could find similar products from different companies elsewhere. A search for “sock applicator” turned up this Amazon.com category with several similar products, for example. From that page, this appears to be a good product, available for shipping in the U.S., for about $30.
So this is a teeny bit off topic, but there’s a group called the Tetra Society of North America, and if someone needs an assistive device and it isn’t commercially available yet, they have volunteers that are retired engineers and other design/handy types that will work together on solving a challenge you may have. They help make all kinds of things from adapted Wii remotes to specialized coffee pot handles to medical product adaptations. They are SO cool. This is their website: http://www.tetrasociety.org/
That’s not off-topic at all; I thought of this discussion immediately when I saw you post the link elsewhere.
This is also relevant to some of the discussions on your blog overnight, pardonmewhileipanic.
I really think advertisements and product infomercials should just go on ahead and cast people with disabilities in these adverts so abled folks don’t have to get dragged for not understanding context and not wanting to consider all possible uses of a product or that they may not be a products target demographic. It’s a legit win-win.
What if the tiny house movement wasn’t just privileged white elites showing how cool they are for having less stuff and it was actually aimed at being an affordable, accessible housing option for people in real need? Wouldn’t that be grand?
on the one hand i think small housing units have already been used as a solution for homelessness, so i guess that’s one instance of the movement not being based on privilege (the privilege of wealth specifically)
but i mean since people in wheelchairs (just as an eg) need more space (more structures such as ramps, wider corridors, etc) and the movement revolves around making houses as small as humanly possible (it’s there in the name), i’m not sure accessibility and the tiny house movement can be made compatible without the latter changing into something entirely different. i’d be v interested in ppl’s opinions or suggestions re: accessible tiny houses tho
Boy howdy, have you come to the right place. For context: I am paraplegic and require use of a wheelchair at all times (a manual one, in my case). I also love tiny houses and want one so bad.
There are two big differences that would be needed between an accessible tiny house and a regular tiny house: floor space and levels.
Many tiny houses have built-in furniture, which is fairly easy to navigate around when you can shimmy yourself into small spaces. In order to maximize floor space to make room for maneuvering in a chair, you’d need to forgo built-ins and maximize the use of drop-down furniture. It’s actually pretty easy to do, since fold-up or fold-down furniture just takes up wall space once it’s folded flat. As long as you’re not in the habit of leaving piles of stuff on surfaces, it would be easy going to make your tables, chairs, and counters all fold flat against the wall whenever you’re not actively using them.
The other thing tiny houses have a lot of is a multi-level set up, usually with the bed in a loft in what would normally be considered “nonfunctional” head space. Obviously that’s not going to fly for people who can’t hoist themselves up a set of stairs every time they want to take a nap. Folding is an option again here, but you can also use an automated set-up akin to a garage door. Just press “up” to raise your mattress to the ceiling (and use up that delightful spare space above), then press “down” whenever you want a little snooze. That kind of setup would be a great universal design, too, since you could raise or lower the bed to exactly the height that works for you.
For an example of a tiny house that would actually be pretty damn accessible, check out this bad boy. Open floor plan? Check. Garage door bed? Check. Fold-up surfaces? Check. Easily re-purposeable furniture? Double check, this bad boy’s a goldmine. The only downsides are the stair into the kitchen area and some heavy-looking pieces that might be tough to move around.
So just saying, but as someone with a (hidden) disability who is now widowed from someone who acquired a mobility disability, making smallish spaces accessible is totally do-able. I have been moving to smaller and smaller spaces, and while my current situation is not wheelchair accessible, I could easily move into an accessible room in the same house come next summer.
Honestly, I think the tiny house movement has overemphasized spaces that look like a stage set for “The Music Man” miniaturized. Great if you want to live in the house from American Gothic. Not so hot if you’re looking to make affordable, accessible housing. All that detailing costs money, as does having to weatherproof every wall, etc.
I’ve lived in a tiny apartment- under 400 square feet (and yes, it could have been smaller and still worked for me and my stuff, but also sharing it with my late husband? It was as small as we wanted to go at the time. I think that tiny apartments deserve more interest, both self sufficient ones and ones that use a pod structure to share resources. Think pod style dorms with shared living room and kitchen space.
Currently, I live in a cooperative house. My bedroom is mine, and I share living room, kitchen, dining, and bathroom spaces with several housemates. We have a cooking rotation for dinners and a formal division of housekeeping tasks along with a system for dividing maintenance tasks. I have organized my room with lots of floor space and the ability to convert from social to sleeping mode. Because I pay very little rent and my food costs are kept low, I can afford to live very close to downtown where stuff happens and where I can rely on busses for transit.
i have been working on a wearable technology competition and i don’t want to post the video we made for the first round but here are some stills of me from it including me taking a big mac from a giant baxter robot after it microwaved it !!
At a first glance, Lyric Mariah Heard can be categorized as just another pretty face working in the fashion industry. But there is much more to her than meets the eye: Besides her obviously gorgeous looks, the model also has only one foot, and two disfigured hands.
Heard is a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. The 21-year-old was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, a random, non-genetic birth defect that’s caused in-utero, and she sees it as a blessing to inspire others to live a fuller life.
Ataur Rahman, Sheri Jahan Chowdhury and Jaber Al Rashid – Bangladeshi designers of a prototype solar powered handcycle for the physically disabled. They work at the Control and Applications Research Centre at BRAC University in Bangladesh.
The chair is designed to give disabled people improved mobility, intended to be easier to manoeuvre than other types of chair. It’s operated by turning the handles to move forwards or backwards, and an electric motor makes turning the handles nearly effortless.
It’s hoped that this will improve the quality of life for disabled people, both in urban and rural areas.