And an accessibility bouquet goes… to a staff member at a Telstra shop today. They offered wordlessly to serve me on-scooter or on-chair, without making a fuss. When the staff member started to explain the plans in spoken-word, I asked to be shown them in print because it was easier to process, and she rapidly acquiesced without any questions or raised eyebrow or ado. My business was concluded rapidly and successfully despite it being a pretty busy Saturday.
It was all good.
And no, this is not business as usual. Sadly.
Activism suggestion: how do we start campaigning for shade over accessible parking spots?
Parked cars in the Perth sun get way too hot at the best of times, no matter how able-bodied you are. But lots of people with disabilities have further issues with temperature regulation and/or high temperatures making them sick. People with spinal injuries can have major issues keeping their body temperature stable. People with multiple sclerosis can be made very ill very suddenly by overheating. People with CFS or fibro can have similar issues with temperature regulation or overheating. Head injuries or Parkinson’s disease or stroke or diabetes or lung cancer or extensive burns scars or who take certain medications can all reduce a person’s ability to stay safe in the heat.
Assembling a scooter exposed to the baking sun in a car park is no fun at all. People in body casts or braces can’t dress down effectively for the heat. You can probably name more. This isn’t a tiny or ‘niche’ issue. This affects a lot of us.
Putting simple shadecloth or tin or established-tree shades over accessible parking would be simple and inexpensive, especially given how few spots there actually are. But I regularly see lots of tree shade over the non-accessible spots, with the “accessible” spots out in the baking sun.
I expect this is almost entirely because of ignorance. How do we start getting the word out?