Barangaroo Disability Access

We woke up at the weekend to a stunning Sydney morning, the sky promising a glorious day ahead. With the sunshine warming our faces we enjoyed an eggy brunch in Walsh Bay followed by an impromptu stroll (to burn off the calories) around the newly opened Barangaroo headland park. Continue reading

Limited access is 21st Century discrimination. Let’s get access then we can talk about the fun stuff…..

Another day dawns and another days news. I have noticed a repetitive thread within local and national reports – if the subject includes key words such as disability, spinal cord injury (SCI) or wheelchairs – the common issue highlighted is lack of access. As many media reports focus on this aspect of life regarding disability, the general public might think that this is all people with disabilities have to say and that saddens me as there is so much good stuff! Continue reading

My Offense at the Need for The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Emily and I took ourselves off to the cinema today to watch a romance. At the multiplex the theatre showing the chick flick wasn’t accessible because the lift had broken, so the wheelchair accessible options reduced our choice of movie, from the offerings we chose The Butler.

The film is historical fiction about Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents during his 34 year tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affecting this man’s life, family, and American society. The final credits commenced with a dedication to all those involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

Emily and I set off home with our heads full of debate, how abhorrent to us today to witness, even in a film, colour discrimination, to know that our forefathers  thought colourism was normal, that this prejudice was accepted until recently, within my lifetime. I remember Martin Luther King being assassinated in 1968, I was six and had no idea about the wider implications of the event but I remember the gravity of the news and my mother’s tears.

It made me think about the rights of people with disabilities.

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