Spare a Thought for the Disabled

Have you ever spared a thought for the disabled? Are our establishments and people disabled friendly?

I believe I was the same as everyone. I read about the issues, maybe give it a 3 seconds thought and then forget about it.

Now with my wife’s ankle in a cast and needing crutches and sometimes wheelchair to move about, I have come to the realization of the frustrations & difficulty of the disabled.

To my disappointment, many of our establishments, including the people are ignorant of the disabled. With the exception of high-end estblishments, i.e. 5 star hotels, high end shopping complexes, etc., the others have no help for our special friends. Why?

Are they not important? Are they 2nd class citizens? or are we simply selfish people! It is little wonder that our special friends prefer to stay home.

To be a developed country, it is not only about having tallest buildings or highest gross income – we need people who are developed.

Just last night, when we went for dinner, one of the supposedly good restaurants have no provisions for the disabled. When we highlighted this issue to them, they simply brushed it off saying “yeah, we sometimes have the disabled coming”.  ??? That’s it? How about telling us “Thank you for highlighting to us. We will take into consideration to make provisions for the needy”.

So my friends, the next time you go to a restaurant or complex or do anything, spare a thought for our special friends. Change our mentality. Change our ways. Think of others before we think of ourselves.

One thought on “Spare a Thought for the Disabled

  1. Nice post. I really think the idea of “putting yourself in their position” is the only way to overcome the boundaries. Businesses need to include the disabled without making too much of a fuss and making it embarrassing. For example a restaurant with a wheelchair lift shouldn’t put a table near the exit to that lift and have to move people out the way to get a wheelchair up and down. Another option, if you are putting one or two steps into a place … have a look at a ramp.

    My son is disabled, and we struggle to get the shopping done from the supermarket due to the trolleys not be adequately designed, and do not fit his wheelchair.

    I am now involved in helping websites move to a format where the functionality is of benefit to mobility impaired, the blind, the deaf and children/adults with learning and communication difficulties. Again the sites are about inclusion, not about separation and the same routes are used for both visitors. This I feel should be everywhere, and not just a select few sites online.

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