When i show up to an event that’s billed as accessible for gimps (whatever that means anyways) and find i can get into the space fine and use the bathroom fine, but that there’s such a stench of cologne in the air (and one that others may find entirely dealable or not even notice) that i want to bleed out of and pour bleach into my eyesockets just to get some relief? Yeah that’s totes not accessible for me. Colognes/ perfumes/ strong deodorant and cigarette smoke are all things that make me wheeze, get headaches, and feel sick. It usually follows if i’ve been exposed long enough that i get actually sick, like having a cold. Don’t know what the scientific schlemeel is on that, but i’ve noticed it many many times over the years. So yeah, i’m definitely not a fan.
But there are all kinds of reasons why “accessible” spaces are so often not accessible at all:
-If your “accessible” event is one where casual use of the word “retard” and other slurs is accepted? Yeah, that’s not an accessible event.
-If your “accessible” event is one where elders are made to feel useless, uncool, out of place, and otherwise undesireable? Yeah, not accessible.
-If your “accessible” event is one where poor folks are routinely made to feel like shit for not purchasing something? Totally not accessible.
-If at your “accessible” event folks of colour are treated like exhibits? So. Not. Accessible.
-If trans people are forced to meet messed up cissexist standards of “passing” in order to get in and stay in? Yeah, that’s not accessible.
-If at your “accessible” event members of your organization are found doing pantomimes of people in wheelchairs attempting to access the space? NOT. FUCKING. ACCESSIBLE.
On and on it goes. Holy Mother of Pearl some of it seems so obvious, but people’s ideas of accessibility are often so limited. i’ve had folks freak out at me many times for sitting in the seats reserved for disabled folks on the bus because the disability symbol has someone in a wheelchair and i use crutches lol. i want ideas about accessibility expanded, because it is expanded for most folks i know. Makes sense to me.