Ever notice how you never appreciate your health and mobility until it is somehow restricted or taken away?
I have no idea how I managed to mess up my shoulder with what the doctor suspects is bursitis or tendinitis, but I do know what the result has been. Everything from lifting groceries, to getting dressed has become a time consuming and painful ordeal. I simply do not have full mobility of my shoulder and arm. I must own responsibility for some of the difficulties I am experiencing now.
When my shoulder first started to bother me, I did not go see the doctor. Once I did see the doctor, she gave me a sheet of exercises to help, and I have been less than diligent about doing them daily, or even weekly. Not surprisingly this has resulted in the condition getting worse, and I now have no alternative but to become diligent or spend my days in chronic pain.
I am in my van reviewing the sheet of time consuming exercises my doctor has given me, while I wait for my son. Sitting here in the parking lot at the skateboard park (again), I look around at the recreation centre, thinking how challenging day to day activities must be for someone with permanent and more encompassing disabilities.
No one casually observing me would notice my shoulder issue, but it impacts my daily life, and my quality of life. I can only imagine the challenges for someone using a wheelchair.
What if access to buildings, activities, and services denied or restricted your ability to actively and fully participate in life.
What impact does something as simple as not finding a parking spot because once again the accessible parking spots are filled with vehicles without permits have?
“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” – Lily Thomlin.
This quote keeps coming to mind lately. Is it enough to notice and acknowledge something? Does our citizenship in society not require that we also do something about it. We should be more aware of access, or lack thereof, for those with disabilities or mobility challenges.
What role can we play in increasing awareness, accessibility and services for all? How can we be that person that does something about that?
Do you have ideas, information, resources, or even experiences of access denied? Please share.