Access

How do you deal with access issues? What makes something accessible? Access is incredibly important to the disabled community. Not because we are being difficult but because everyone deserves access as a basic right.

Here you will find information on how to fight access issues, what makes for good access (and bad) and what access intimacy means.

  • Getting family and friends to understand you’re disabled

    GETTING FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO UNDERSTAND YOU’RE DISABLED

    This is a tough one. Not only do disabled people have to do the work to get over internalised ableism and accept that yes, we are actually disabled, but we have to break it to everyone else in our lives too.

    Cue the litany of “but you’re not like real disabled”, “you’re not disabled” and, my personal favourite, “you shouldn’t call yourself that”.

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  • Feeling confident as a visibly disabled person

    FEELING CONFIDENT AS A VISIBLY DISABLED PERSON ⁠

    There is nothing quite like the first time you go out with a new mobility aid. ⁠It doesn’t matter if this is your first time using one or you’ve just upgraded from one type to another. The questions, stares and insecurities all come flooding in and leave you wondering if you really need it. ⁠For a non-disabled person, this can be hard to imagine, with the idea that only people with obvious limb disabilities require mobility aids still a common attitude.

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  • How to create a support system

    EVER WISHED THAT YOU COULD HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS FAIRY GODMOTHER?

    Caring for a chronically ill bod is tiring, not to mention expensive, but what if there was a better way?

    People living with chronic illnesses need access to so many things, in fact you need a team of therapists, physios, occupational therapists, nutritionists and so many more. However, it’s rare we get the chance to have all that and even if you do it’s unlikely everyone in the team really understands chronic illness and disability, which is the key to getting the best care.

    Finding a specialist who really ‘gets’ what an illness or condition means for everyday living can take months or even years of research, trial and error, and is often an unaffordable expense.

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  • How disability makes you a better employee

    HOW DISABILITY MAKES YOU A BETTER EMPLOYEE

    No really!

    If you remove the barriers to working, we actually make the best employees, here’s why!

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  • Why traditional 9 to 5 doesn’t work when you’re disabled

    WHY TRADITIONAL 9-5 DOESN’T WORK WHEN YOU ARE DISABLED

    Due to various barriers to entering the workforce, and staying there once you’re in, disabled people are more likely to be unemployed or self-employed. Difficulties in accessing education is a massive part of this, but there are various other barriers to work that disabled people face.

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  • Why disabled people have a rocky history with academia

    Why disabled people have a rocky history with academia

    Unfortunately, when it comes to education, academic institutions often fail even the most basic tests in accessibility. Learning how to make education accessible for students (and educators) with a whole range of disabilities should be an ongoing priority for schools, colleges and universities, but it seems many still have serious lessons to be learnt.

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    WHY IS ACCESSIBILITY ALWAYS LEFT TO THOSE THAT DON’T HAVE THE ENERGY TO DO IT???

    If you haven’t been watching my stories you won’t yet of seen caption gate. While making my first IGTV video I came up against issues that those from the disabled community always face. Access it seems is something only we care about and massive companies couldn’t give a flying fuck which means that all the labor falls on people who really don’t have the energy for it. 

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