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Nicole Cliffe on Twitter: "If we are lucky, we will pretty much all live long enough to become disabled, which is something I really encourage everyone to meditate on, especially as the current administration does its best to defang the ADA, one of the mo
“If we are lucky, we will pretty much all live long enough to become disabled, which is something I really encourage everyone to meditate on, especially as the current administration does its best to defang the ADA, one of the most important accomplishments of 20th c activism.”
disabilities  accessibility  a11y  Nicole_Cliffe  twitter  2019 
27 days ago by handcoding
Why are children and young people with shortchanged in when the government has promised…
disabilities  SouthAfrica  from twitter_favs
4 weeks ago by tolkien
Agree . We all need to support leaders with to help break down the global barriers for this…
disabilities  from twitter_favs
4 weeks ago by mgifford
Jean Vanier: Founder of L'Arche dies aged 90 - BBC News
To mark his 90th birthday in 2018, Vanier produced a video containing his Ten Rules for Life to Become More Human. One of them stated: Don't be afraid of not being successful.
founder  master  disabilities  life  community  nonprofit 
6 weeks ago by lgalli
Communication Disabilities Access Canada
CDAC promotes accessibility and community inclusion for people who have communication disabilities
accessibility  disabilities  communication 
10 weeks ago by magster
Let's Talk About 'Shazam's' Freddy Freeman And Disabled Superheroes
“When Billy meets the wizard, Shazam (Djimon Hounsou), he is told that taking on the wizard’s powers is to reach his ‘full potential.’ So when Billy discovers he needs his foster family to band together to help him defeat Thad, Shazam’s powers are dispersed to each of them. In the case of Freddy, he becomes an able-bodied adult played by Adam Brody. In 1941 to transform a disabled boy into an able-bodied hero was to give American men hope that they could still be useful despite what they’d lost. In 2019, with that message removed, it is to say that being a disabled superhero isn’t possible.”
shazam  movies  disabilities  forbes  2019  accessibility 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
Let's Talk About Those Shazam Body Issues – /Film
“Is it the fault of Shazam! and director David F. Sandberg for not crafting a message that speaks explicitly to me and others like me? Of course not. The movie works and it works well. It’s fun. It’s funny. It left my heart in a melted puddle on the floor of the theater. However, the transformation of Pedro feels like a missed opportunity, a chance to present a heavy character’s idealized, superhero self as a different body type, one more realistic and affirming than what we’ve seen before.

“(I imagine there will also be conversations about how Freddy is no longer disabled when he transforms into a superhero, literally taking flight and leaving his crutch on the ground beneath him after his magical miracle cure. However, that is above and beyond my pay grade and someone more qualified will undoubtedly tackle that soon.)”
shazam  fat  slashfilm  2019  movies  disabilities  accessibility 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
What the College-Admissions Scandal Reveals - The Atlantic
The second flaw in the system was an important change to the way untimed testing is reported to the colleges. When I began the job, the SAT and the ACT offered untimed testing to students with learning disabilities, provided that they had been diagnosed by a professional. However, an asterisk appeared next to untimed scores, alerting the college that the student had taken the test without a time limit. But during my time at the school, this asterisk was found to violate the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the testing companies dropped it. Suddenly it was possible for everyone with enough money to get a diagnosis that would grant their kid two full days—instead of four hours—to take the SAT, and the colleges would never know. Today, according to Slate, “in places like Greenwich, Conn., and certain zip codes of New York City and Los Angeles, the percentage of untimed test-taking is said to be close to 50 percent.” Taking a test under normal time limits in one of these neighborhoods is a sucker’s game—you’ve voluntarily handicapped yourself.
education  disabilities 
11 weeks ago by dwalbert
Bicycling is an excellent mobility option for many people who are disabled | The Guardian
Whenever bike infrastructure is debated, it’s never very long before someone objects by saying: “But what happens to people with disabilities if you build cycle lanes?” They have forgotten one very important thing: a lot of disabled people cycle, and benefit even more than most from quick, safe cycle routes.

Such arguments are seen around the country, but are particularly prominent right now in London, with a new mayor being elected next week, and where objectors to proposed cycle superhighways say these will harm disabled people, “who are reliant on their cars”.

They, and others, simply assume disabled people cannot and do not cycle, meaning cyclists and disabled people have opposing needs and agendas. But the premise is wrong.

By Transport for London’s own reckoning, around 15% of disabled people in London actively cycled for transport in 2014, compared to 18% of non-disabled people. . . .

In fact, many find cycling easier and safer than walking. Disabled and elderly people have the most to gain from cycling becoming a safer active transport option, as they exercise the least and are most at risk of additional health complications.

Cycling provides door to door transport. It can be done solo or in tandem and if cycles are recognised as mobility aids, just like mobility scooters or wheelchairs, we can mix and match cycling with getting on the tube and other modes of transport.

MoBikeFed comment: A number of groups around the U.S. are currently working to make cycling in the U.S. more accessible for people with disabilities.

One of these groups, working in Missouri, is Cycle St. Louis: https://www.bigshark.com/about/cycle-st.-louis-pg1163.htm

More Missouri resources for people with disabilities who enjoy bicycling:




Know any more Missouri programs for people who disabilities who bicycle? Please let us know!
disabilities  disability  cycling  cyclestlouis 
12 weeks ago by mobikefed
How do we build an inclusive culture for disabled cyclists? | The Guardian
Last week, my charity Wheels for Wellbeing published the results of a national survey of disabled cyclists which is, to our knowledge, the first of its kind. The results largely confirmed our suspicions, including that disabled cyclists – though part of our cycling culture – remain excluded from it in a number of ways.

In particular, the results are an endorsement of our flagship campaign seeking recognition for cycles as a mobility aid. In most people’s minds, a mobility aid is a wheelchair, a mobility scooter or a guide dog – but our survey confirms that many people also use bicycles.

In fact, the majority of disabled cyclists (69% of our survey group) find cycling easier than walking and many use their cycle as a mobility aid. Cycling reduces strain on the joints, aids balance and alleviates breathing difficulties – but cycles are not legally recognised in the same way as wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

As a result of this legislative oversight, disabled cyclists regularly encounter difficulties. For instance, our survey revealed that one in three disabled cyclists have been asked to dismount and walk their cycle, even though they were using it as a mobility aid. . . .

Phil, who is 60 and originally from Preston, says: “I use my bike as a sort of rolling walking stick when I walk and I can cycle very long distances without pain. I therefore class my bike as a mobility aid. However, it is very difficult to have this recognised in certain situations – for example in parks or other large outdoor venues. All they see is a bike. It would be so easy to modify a ‘no bikes’ rule to say ‘unless used as a mobility aid’.”

Though the mobility aid concept is clearly an important issue, disabled cyclists said inaccessible cycling infrastructure was the biggest difficulty they face. This is usually down to narrow cycle lanes, bollards and anti-motorcycle barriers that restrict or deny access to non-standard cycles such as handcycles, tricycles and tandems.

MoBikeFed comment: Around 15-20% of the population has a disability at any given time--and 100% will deal with some form of disability that affects mobility at some time during the life span.

So thinking about how to make our communities more accessible to people with disabilities is important to everyone. You probably have friends or relatives dealing with some form of mobility disability now, and you are more likely than not to face a mobility or other form of disability some time in your future life.

Bicycles and adapted bicycles and tricycles are a form of mobility enhancement that can provide better mobility to many people with disabilities.

In addition, bicycling can give many people with disabilities access to the outdoors and increased physical fitness--with all the benefits those bring.

But in Missouri, we have even more barriers to access for bicycling by people with disabilities than those noted in the linked article.

- Most neighborhoods in Missouri lack even a single sidewalk

- Most communities in Missouri lack any bicycle facilities or trails

So people with disabilities who would like to use bicycling as part of their mobility or fitness solution face the same difficulties as any other cyclist, but also the additional difficulties faced by people with disabilities, as outlined in the article.

Cycle St. Louis, a new group for cyclists with disabilities, is working to address get more people with disabilities cycling in the St. Louis area:
disabilities  cycling  stlouis  independence 
12 weeks ago by mobikefed
RT : Some are visible. Sometimes disabilities cannot be readily seen.

ChronicIllness  disabilities  invisible  from twitter
march 2019 by enkerli
Some are visible. Sometimes disabilities cannot be readily seen.

invisible  disabilities  ChronicIllness  from twitter_favs
march 2019 by mgifford

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