People with disabilities/chronic illness, are frequently questioned about their use of mobility aids. So I've written a short blogpost that explains that cars are mobility aids too
@GwenfarsGarden I had to Have Words with an acquaintance who was snarking about “those people using mobility scooters at the Fair, they didn’t look to me like they needed them...” Pissed that I had to do it but it felt good to push back.
@Chelseaknits Good on you for having words with them. :D
The thing is, is that I've internalised abelism so much, that I'm always feeling like I'm in the way with my scooter. Yet without it, I couldn't be out. Am hoping presenting it this way may help people see other ways of looking at mobility.
This is why, as much as I like to promote public transport, I can't really support the idea of completely getting rid of cars - at least until we have suitable alternatives for those who need the extra mobility.
I think ideally, I'd like to see electric cars for those who need them, but a cultural de-emphasis on owning a private vehicle for those who don't. Of course, that would require good public transport so that it's easier for abled people to not have a car...
@InvaderXan actually my point is that cars are in effect mobility aids, which healthy people use, so why question people who use mobility aids like scooters etc?
Disabled people and those with mobility limitations, are often told we 'shouldn't give up' & use a scooter, yet no-one says to drivers that they are 'giving up' by using a car.
The whole point of mobility aids, whether a car, walking stick, a wheelchair or even your legs(!), is that help people get around & take part in daily life.
@InvaderXan I think my blogpost explains it best, but if not, let me know where I need to amend.
I really want to be clear that it's not about adapting cars for people with disabilities, but that if people question/criticise those less abled for using mobility aids, why don't they question able-bodied people using cars?
Oh, no, I definitely get that. Sorry, I was being tangential.
@InvaderXan ah, sorry, I didn't realise that. It's just someone else said a similar thing to me, so when you did too, I thought maybe my blogpost wasn't clear!
Oh, no, you were totally clear. I've read similar things written by other disabled friends of mine before, and it's disappointing how judgmental abled people can be. I'm sure I've heard @firstname.lastname@example.org talk about this kind of thing before...
Yes, I've seen posts in a similar vein by @email@example.com too.
@GwenfarsGarden I had to Have Words with an acquaintance the other day who was being snarky about people using mobility scooters at the State Fair.
Her: "Those people didn't LOOK disabled, you know they're just lazy."
Me: I have a chronic pain condition. I can get around on a daily basis okay, but it's exhausting. With all of the walking at the fair, it could be a choice between using a scooter or not going at all. Is that lazy?"
To her credit, at least her response was horrified babbling.
@Chelseaknits well done for challenging, hopefully she might reflect & learn.
Funny how no-one considers a car driver lazy.
@GwenfarsGarden This knitting group includes a woman with Lupus and two women with chronic vertigo spells, so it was a very supportive venue for a challenge.
@Chelseaknits that always helps when you know you have support
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