"The open kitchens, stall showers and spacious baths found in so many pricey new towers often have accessibility laws to thank for their existence."
a) We don't have ADA here
b) We have a disability charity charging thousands of dollars who you have to decide to hire - monopolizing accessibility.
c) No one listens to me.
No the ADA did not create instant justice, but it is a hugely important piece in why there is even org'd disability activism in US & not here.
Dial back time to not that long ago, mid last century. Institutions for disabled people were common, main to only option depending - unless very wealthy & had family inclined to not put you in one.
And the words and actions of the Civil Rights Movement inspired and informed disabled people all over the planet.
And then an event happened that centred around inspiring ableds, that catered to the abled gaze, that led Mulroney to circumvent his own govt agencies decision-making about funding
Disabled Canadians have benefited from US ADA lawsuits. - Skywrite that somewhere. Someone needlepoint this for me. Put it on t-shirts bc y'all need to know
You all really that damn naive to believe it's because your fave disability org sat down & talked nicely & politely with them & Uber saw the light?
But I think the ADA legacy is bigger than that & I think you see it in the difference between US & Canadian disability communities. Not just the presence or absence of activism. The understanding of 'we' not 'me'
But the point is, I think as disabled Canadians we've been given a false sense of what our role is in our own history and in our future destiny - as individuals and as a community, because they are connected
Rights are not treats handed out at awareness campaigns.
My personal history & yours, our own life stories, are irrevocably tied up together. If we all don't care enough about this legislation to make a stink, it won't change
Add to that the hyped up individualism celebrated by 'overcome' narratives and the entirely unhealthy trope of the supercrips
But the oppression & discrimination is not isolated. And the solution is not found in any individual.
Kavanagh compares the tour to the old dance marathons and the inflicting of pain & injury.
Hansen has a team, including physios to deal with it.
30 yrs later physio isn't covered for me
But my rights will never be advanced by stunts, awareness campaigns, simulations or any one individual. My ability to be an individual relies on the work of many to fight for those collective rights.
Idk. I guess we'll find out soon enough.
I can't get to meet for coffee to discuss the ableism around social life if there isn't a bathroom I can pee in.
Legislation is may be boring but it's necessary.