It’s accessible, but is it?

I posted someone else’s story, about the not-quite-accessible status of places she goes.  I’d said that I agree, that while I’m able to walk when needed, but achieving the minimum level of accessibility to be “certified”, and get the tax-break, without making it truly accessible, is wrong.

With how my disability is, I’m able to look upon my scooter as a car.  I don’t go into stores, usually because I can’t.  I bring a walker with me.  You see it on the back.

I follow all traffic rules, stopping at stop signs and the like, because “they” require me to park it like a car when I get to some stores.

Here’s an example.  This is an “accessible” store.   This is its front entrance.  My scooter is roughly 8 feet long. The door to the wall is roughly 3.5 feet, with a 90 degree turn, in a space roughly 3 feet wide.

This isn’t the only one, not even close, which why I’m not going to say their name.   They know that because they’re only a tenant, that they’re unable to do too much, but they try really damn hard.

Ignorance may be bliss elsewhere, but about concussions, it’s dangerous

There has been a lot of talk about concussions, including the movie with Will Smith, but for the life of me I still am stunned/amazed/shocked at the number of times that I see or hear people who have no idea how prevalent it is, or pretty much anything about them.

In today’s Ottawa Citizen there’s a story about it, and the first paragraph says it:

OTTAWA — Roughly half of Canadians know little to nothing about the perils of sports-related concussive injuries, nor where to turn to find information on how to avoid falling victim to them, suggests a newly released federal survey.

Please read this article, learn about it, and be part of the small percentage of people who know about the injury.

 

Thanks to technology, not knowing about cars won’t matter much anymore

Thanks to technology what was once straightforward, like fixing your car, is beyond the norm for most people.  Everything is getting more complex, with high-tech means of doing what was once straightforward, that doing something  yourself isn’t the norm anymore.  But, while with the evolution of technology came the complication of what used to be simple, comes the the next evolution.  What was once simple, but made complex, has entered a whole new dimension.  With the evolution of Tesla, cars that were once simple, are now ultra-complex.  However, people don’t think that they could fix it, because they never used to.  The change to ultra high tech has another plus, people don’t feel bad for not knowing how to fix it.

God is listening, because the weather on walk-day will be perfect

I was stressing a bit the last little while, because while the weather wasn’t terrible, it was to rain the three days before, and it was to be misty that day.   But, I checked this morning, and holy cow, it’s more than perfect.  The day before will be sunny, which might be a bit hot, but on walk-day it’ll be PERFECT.

Sharing the walk through the media

The media-push is starting.  This morning, in about 2 hours, I’ll be on the radio!  And, on Tuesday I’ll be on TV!   There’s something that I’d like to share there, that’s not done by typing, is the fact that while a brain injury can be debilitating, it’s sometimes invisible.  I’ve hated how I was, a lot sometimes, but in the last little while I’ve come to realize that it could be worse.  I’m visibly-disabled, because I can’t walk properly, I wear prism glasses, and I have a speech impediment.  I’m offered help, cars stop for me to cross, and I don’t ever need to ask for help.