You've probably heard it, Compare and Despair, the plague of the modern day. I want to talk about love, and why it drives people to despair. You see, love is everywhere. You see love in the movies, you hear about love on the streets, you read about love on the internet. We, as social animals, can't … Continue reading I Compare, and I Despair
For the fourth segment of my universal design series, a comment on tall tables, frequently found in pubs and cafés. As someone sitting in a wheelchair, the table-top is at chin-height. Imagine your acquaintances conversing approximately one meter above your head. You're having to shout up to them in a noisy pub. You're feeling small, … Continue reading Universal Design – Tall Tables
Next, in my universal design series, is a critique of pushbuttons for automatic doors - which I believe to be inferior to those triggered by approach sensors. I use such specific terminology to tackle a flawed interpretation of the word automatic by building planners. In my view, a device that works by any human interaction, beyond being … Continue reading Universal Design – Automatic Doors
Today, I'd like to talk about wheelchair-designated spaces in theatres, music venues and sporting stadia. Perhaps my worst experience of their poor design was in my time as a student. Many lecture halls didn’t provide a wheelchair-designated space, and those that did, wouldn't have an accompanying seat for my personal assistant - robbing me of my … Continue reading Universal Design – Public Venues
This is the first in a series of posts about universal design. I'll describe my personal experiences as a disabled person in the built environment, and propose a universal design solution. If you're not familiar, the principles of universal design are intended to deliver buildings, products and environments inherently usable by people of all ages … Continue reading Universal Design – An Intro
I believe every disability brings with it, a unique skill set, making itself useful in both your career and social life. If we talk about how the challenges of disability give us an edge, we move the focus from tolerating our needs to leveraging our talents. I have muscular dystrophy - this means I use … Continue reading The Untapped Ability in Disability
For my first foray into the blogging world, I want to talk about blogging (how meta!). Or, rather, why I'm launching one of my own. So, what was I thinking? Well, initially, I wanted this blog to be anonymous – simply a journal. I’d use a pseudonym and block all comments. But, something occurred to … Continue reading Why Blog?