Ohhh, The Things Many Perceive We Can’t Do!
Maybe I’m the guilty one here but, it is my perception of the so-called “normal” crowd, that there is no conceptualization of “life for the smaller physically challenged crowd.”
I & my partner (also physically challenged) & a couple of friends met at a local Sports Bar to watch the recent Denver Nuggets & LA Lakers Playoff game last Saturday night.
Side note –What a well played & entertaining game, & I’m not even an avid Basketball follower!
What I’m referring to here is that the the general populace has little to no perception of their surroundings.
Since my partner & I are only physically challenged (meaning not mentally also), we like to get out in public & go to various public events & functions…not meant to imply that the mentally challenged should not do so also, please don’t take me wrong here. (must have all these qualifiers)
I only wish to make a few public declarations:; It’s amazing that even with ADA regulations, how many situations cause funny, frustrating or frantic circumstances for those of us using wheel chairs or scooters.
Not being one to cause a stink or draw attention to myself I just want to point out a few things I had not considered about “Life in a Wheelchair,” prior to having to use one.
- Those tall bar table& stools. (My plate is above my head! How…? What…?)
- The bathroom accessible stalls. (Able bodied need not enter except in dire emergency)
- Display racks. (personal attendant & periscope required)
- Being at Ass in the face level. (No Farting Zone tattoo on my forehead wouldn’t even help in a crowd)
- Impatience about waiting for another in mobility device. (You might accidentally get run over!)
All I’m saying is that being a Self-advocate without being obstinate & disagreeable will get you further than pitching a fit & demanding your “rights.”
It is our job to educate the public & pleasantly request accommodations.
I wonder if anyone would employ the disabled to go around floor plans & look for obstacles & hindered surroundings?
As Online marketers we must do the same type of things. We must search out alternative methods of presenting our goods & services to serve our fellow special needs community.
Our objective is to become successful online marketers in the same right as anyone else.
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