To Walk In Another Person’s Shoes

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A Disabled Woman Was Refused in Service at the Restaurant, Then They Regretted—-

No one can fully understand how humiliating it can be to be banned by a Restaurant’s staff because of an ambulatory disability, unless a person were to personally experience the discrimination (Ableism). JonAk

Read the following circumstances about those that are wheelchair confined:

Go to the grocery store, the movie theater, a store in the mall, a restaurant or any public-type place that has employees, and five times out of ten you’ll run into an employee who will automatically assume you’re ill-equipped mentally because of an obvious physical disability.

This happens to me constantly, especially if I’m at a grocery store with an able-bodied friend. Every time at check out, the cashier will always ask my friend if she wants paper or plastic, directing all her questions towards her, never assuming I’m the one who’s paying. Very, very frustrating.

Taxis passing us by.

taxis nyc

If you live in a big metropolitan area like NYC, chances are you’ve experienced taxis passing you by quite often. People with disabilities constantly complain that taxis pass them by when they’re out on the road trying to hail a cab. Taxis frequently avoid passengers with physical disabilities, not wanting to deal with our extra needs, seeing them as a headache and not looking at us as an equal customer.

Little do they know that we do not demand their assistance. Anyone with a disability hailing a cab solo can likely handle the entire transfer on their own.

Read also: Will Driverless Cars Carry People With Disabilities Into The Future?

Stairs in public spaces.

stairs wheelchair

You go to grab a coffee or meet a friend for lunch, but wait — you can’t get in. This is architecture discrimination at its finest and we encounter it every day. Despite the misguided notion that certain buildings are grandfathered-in to the ADA and do not need to be accessible, umm no, they do. Any public space must.

That means any store, restaurant, hotel or bar needs to meet all the ADA requirements. The sad part is how so many owners simply don’t care and choose to blatantly discriminate. Clint Eastwood’s refusal to make his hotel ADA accessible goes down as the worst.

Wheelchair “quotas.”

person in wheelchair sad

“Sorry, no more wheelchairs allowed.” Concert venues, airplanes, city buses, amusement park rides — quotas on how many wheelchairs are allowed in certain places are a reality of disabled life. They’re instated for safety, but they’re also highly limiting, generally only allowing a half dozen people with disabilities or so into an event or two people who use wheelchairs on a city bus.

These rules can be highly limiting, forcing us to change our plans. Very often when I try to buy tickets for a show, the wheelchair tickets have long been sold out, leaving me no option but to not go. While this isn’t considered illegal discrimination, in my eyes it is just as bad.

The woman in the film is humiliated by the restaurant’s staff for being wheelchair confined.

How did she respond? Watch the video to find out what it is like to walk in another woman’s shoes when disabled. JonAk

2 thoughts on “To Walk In Another Person’s Shoes

  1. What Did Jesus Preach?

    The predominant focus of mainstream Christianity is the undeserved crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the subsequent forgiveness of sins that is available through accepting that sacrifice. While this selfless act was and is unquestionably momentous, and its effects exceedingly far-reaching, many would be shocked to find out that the Bible defines the gospel differently than what they have always been told. A thoughtful reading shows that accepting Christ’s blood in payment of our sins—as foundationally important as it is—is actually not the focus of the “good news” that He brought and that the apostles continued to preach.


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