What if your luxury is my accessibility? What if the things you deem extras are essentials to me?
I am a disabled woman. To be more specific, I am both visibly (I am a non-ambulatory wheelchair user) and invisibly disabled (multiple disabilities which are not apparent by looking at me).
People routinely argue with, ignore and deny my accessibility needs for my visible and invisible disabilities. More importantly so do the politicians we elect, the governments they form and the experts they consult with and who I am forced to deal with because they are given gate-keeping and decision-making power over my life.
All of them keep several bingo cards worth of excuses on hand for why my or any other disabled person’s accessibility need(s) can’t be met.
The needs vary but the excuses rarely do.
I am also poor. This is not uncommon for disabled people, especially disabled women…
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