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Jun. 13th, 2012 08:08 pm
pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)
[personal profile] pauamma
You're a waiter at a cafe or bistro with a sidewalk area for smokers or overflow customers. The sidewalk is about 8 ft wide, and the tables and chairs eat something like 5-6 ft of it, depending on how people are sitting at each table, bags sticking out, etc. There's 2 rows of tables with a gap in the middle for people to use, both in getting to and from the tables and in passing the area where the cafe is.

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You notice someone in a wheelchair going through the gap, navigating carefully because they don't have a lot of clearance. Do you:

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Try to clear the way ahead of them, making sure they can go through quickly, safely, and without bumping into your customers and possibly causing them to spill drinks or food?
20 (83.3%)

Stand by the entrance to the inside area, making sure no waiter comes through and bumps into them, but not assisting them actively?
1 (4.2%)

Block their way and insist they find another route, because they might otherwise inconvenience your customers?
3 (12.5%)

Do something else (comment)?
0 (0.0%)

(If standing in the wheelchair user's way) You see cafe customers who also noticed them start clearing a way by themselves. Do you:

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Help them?
19 (86.4%)

Ignore them, because you have some important way-blocking to do?
0 (0.0%)

Hinder their attempt to clear the way, or insist they should be good customers and let you handle it alone?
3 (13.6%)

Do something else (comment)?
0 (0.0%)

(If hindering or discouraging their effort) When the customers object to your behavior and ask to talk to a manager. do you:

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Relent, let them clear the way, and go sulk?
14 (77.8%)

Start arguing loudly with them and try to undo their actions, dragging chairs or tables back if they push them, etc.?
3 (16.7%)

Do something else (comment)?
1 (5.6%)

(If arguing with customers) When the manager on duty arrives on the scene and the customers complain about you, do you:

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Accept that perhaps you went too far, apologize, and stop hindering or maybe even start helping?
14 (77.8%)

Keep objecting, blaming the customers, the passer-by, and your manager (who are all starting to look pissed off at you by now)?
3 (16.7%)

Do something else (comment)?
1 (5.6%)

(If arguing with your manager) When your manager disciplines you, sending you home, do you:

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Leave quietly?
14 (77.8%)

Leave, protesting loudly?
0 (0.0%)

Refuse to leave, demand police intervention because everyone else is conspiring to deprive you of your wages and tips, and resist attempts to remove you?
4 (22.2%)

Do something else (comment)?
0 (0.0%)

Extra credit optional essay question (comment): when it turns out 2 of the customers are (off-duty) police officers who restrain you until you can formally be arrested, what is your reaction?
lauredhel: jody mcintyre rioting while crippled (cripriot)
[personal profile] lauredhel
I posted this on my home dw for Blogging Against Disablism Day, but thought some of the accessibility_failies might like to see it too.


Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day!

I'm going to blog against perhaps the biggest thorn in my side right now - obstructed paths. I really think the reality speaks for itself, so here it is, in the tradition of my image posts for BADD: this is my life.

Read more... )
jesse_the_k: drawings of white hand in ASL handshapes W T F (WTF)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
I'm looking for a handful of iddly-fiddly products (camera case, iPod case, batteries) for one shipping charge. I was pleased to see Newegg.com on a Google search, cause I know they've been in business for more than 10 years. Leap on over to their site and I encounter this:

Screen grab of upper corner of Newegg.com site window, where bright red letters say For optimal viewing, please lower your browser's text size setting

[above is screen grab of upper corner of Newegg.com site window, where bright red letters say For optimal viewing, please lower your browser's text size setting]

Yes, I know it takes more time to design a fluid layout, where I can size my text up to something, y'know, readable.

But in return I will buy your stuff! With real US money! If you hadn't said anything, I would have used Mac OS X's built-in zoom feature and opened my wallet. But, no way, you had to boss your way into my user experience and demand I change my font size!
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[personal profile] sarah
Yeah, that nice blue path leading from the handicapped parking area? Not really all that helpful.

There was an actual curb cut, about twenty yards to the right. So close, and yet so far. Taken at the Harrington Casino in Harrington, Delaware.
rising: sand like a desert inside a room with a door and a window (the cadre: sand)
[personal profile] rising
So, to start with, [personal profile] exor674, myself, and my friend that I was staying in Denver with went to the Denver Zoo, last Friday. [personal profile] exor674 took all the pictures that I'm using in this post, except the first one which is my standard picture of my crutches taken with my cell phone, because most of the pictures include me in them and it is very hard to take pictures of myself. Alt text is simply put under the picture rather than in the code for the image.

So, I usually use crutches for mobility.

And that's where the fail of the zoo begins. )
trouble: Meg from Disney's Hercules.  "You'd think a girl would learn." (You'd think a girl would learn)
[personal profile] trouble
I had to take Don to Emerg last night (A&E, I think, in UK & Aus). He's (relatively speaking!) okay. (You can read it here, but the key thing is that he was injured enough that we headed straight for Emerg, but not so much that we didn't walk the five or so blocks, rather than call someone to get us there.)

During construction, they've taken out parts of the sidewalk.

So, to get to Emerg, one needs to notice (in a stressful situation) that the sidewalk has been taken out, preferably before taking a wheelchair all the way to that point, which is a good... 30ish feet from where one can take a wheelchair safely off the sidewalk.

One then needs to go into the road - the road used by ambulances and cars trying to get to Emerg, so people who may either be driving quickly, or who are also very stressed - down those 30 feet, and then turn into an area we couldn't see.
Read more... )

Slightly unrelated, but what's the state of 'terps in your area? There was no signage anywhere indicating that terp service was available, but I'm not sure if that means there isn't or not. (I'll be asking this when I call Patient Services.)

When I was working in Australia, there were strict rules about not letting a family member interpret unless it was impossible to get an interpreter wthin a certain period of time, and even then they'd be still trying to get someone not-related while they dealt with what had to be done. It's because it's a stressful situation.
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
( source )

Man, service dog turned away at fairgrounds

Posted: March 2, 2009 07:00 PM

Updated: March 3, 2009 06:19 AM

Robin Davis

"Doc" is Davis' service dog.

Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Confusion led to a "canine controversy" at the state fairgrounds for a man who served his country and the service dog now responsible for serving him.

Where Robin Davis goes, so does his 5-year-old Labrador named "Doc".

"I don't take him places because he's my buddy. I take him places because I need his service," said Davis.

That's why Doc was with Davis in Saint Vincent Northeast's emergency room Monday afternoon.

"This afternoon, I had a seizure and fell in the kitchen," explained Davis. "Trusty Doc was there because he brought me out of the seizure by licking my face."

That's Doc's job - he's a service dog.

"If I'm by myself, he's with me," said Davis.

And that was the case this past weekend when Davis says he took Doc to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show at the Fairgrounds. He said a man taking tickets stopped him from entering Pepsi Coliseum. )
druidspell: Would you say you worship Satan, or do you simply respect his no-nonsense approach to discipline? (Satan)
[personal profile] druidspell
I'm temporarily able-bodied, although I became much more aware of accessibility issues during the winter and spring of 2007 and 2008 when I was laid out with spiral comminuted fractures of my right tibia and fibula. The fail I'm reporting is at the University of Kentucky's Slone Building, built in 1960. The Slone Building is part of the Earth Sciences department, and is used for classrooms, office space, and lab space primarily for the Earth Sciences department, but also for other departments (e.g. I took an Archaeology class in there once, my sister took a Sociology class, etc.).
The building is pictured here and here.

That's the front of the building. The fail starts here.
There are 12 disabled accessible parking spaces--located in the back of the building. The front of the building is accessible via sidewalk--that has a five and a half inch curb between it and street level. To park in the permit-controlled lot as a student, you must have a UK disabled parking permit, even if you have a state disabled license plate or tag. If you are a visitor, you must park in a non-permit controlled lot, or in a metered parking lot (the closest of either of which is more than a block away).
The front doors of the building are 28 inches wide, but the doors weren't hung properly, so they are difficult to open even for someone without mobilitiy or pain issues. They also lack any type of automatic open function, so that if you are, for instance, confined to a wheelchair with cerebral palsy like my friend H., you must wait for outside assistance to enter or exit the building.
The first floor of the building is only office space; the labs and classrooms are on the second and third floors. To reach the elevator, follow the corridor to the left until you reach a set of double doors. Again, these double doors aren't automatic, and are awkward to manage if you're also managing any type of device intented for mobility assistance (wheelchair, cane, crutches, etc.).
The elevator doors are narrow and the elevator itself is small; it was intended as a service elevator, not one to be used by students. The buttons for the upper floors may be out of reach for someone in a wheelchair. It's not prompt, so that if you're using crutches or a cane, you'll be on your feet waiting for a good minute and a half or more--not much time in the grand scheme of things, but if you're exhausted and in pain even nanoseconds drag.
In addition to putting the classrooms and labs on the second and third floors, the building features only one accessible bathroom: the men's room on the first floor. There is no women's bathroom on the first floor. No other bathrooms are designed for disabled access.
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[personal profile] nacbrie
Presenting: the Front Square of Trinity College, Dublin, containing buildings used for some classes, the chapel, old examination hall, the dining hall, some student accommodation, some student societies and the offices of the Student's Union. So, essentially, necessary ground for all students in the college.

Zoom in. Note the cobblestones. Note the steps, and the lack of wheelchair ramps on *any* of the historic buildings (you can't see it in this pic, but the pointy gothic-y building to the left of the bell tower does have an installed lift, allowing access to the ground floor. Interestingly, this is the only non-College owned building).

The TCD website states that the Old Library (where the Book of Kells, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, is displayed) is wheelchair accessible. It doesn't mention that to get to this building you need to cross 100m of cobblestones, minimum.

Luckily, the worst I have to do is cycle across it, but I have a friend who uses a wheeled walking frame who I want to injure college authorities on behalf of. Even wooden add-on ramps and boarded paths across the 300+ yr old cobbles would make things easier.

Still, it doesn't quite reach the levels of fail attained by my old school, which as I mentioned here, had the designated wheelchair accessible toilet and fire escape down six steps.
azurelunatic: stick figure about to hit potato w/ flaming tennis racket, near jug of gasoline & sack of potatoes (bad idea)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
Failblog.org brings us this classic Very Bad Ramp.

45 degree slope wheelchair ramp, with ablebodied man climbing it with difficulty, captioned Handicap Access Fail.
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Here we have what is clearly a modification to the original building to attempt to bring it up to code. The building's floor level seems to be about a meter higher than the street. It appears that some original stairs have been torn out, and replaced with a ramp, so the slope of the ramp is the same as the slope of the stairs.

In case we missed it, the ramp is helpfully stenciled with the wheelchair access symbol. Perhaps they didn't think we'd realize that they meant it to be the accessible entrance if they didn't label it?

Here, an ablebodied man poses for a picture, crouching to attempt to drag himself up the ramp in illustration of just how full of fail it is.
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[personal profile] sarah
I am not disabled. My girlfriend [personal profile] synecdochic is, thanks to a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. When not at home, she uses either a cane or a wheelchair.

Before her disease progressed to the point where she required an assistive device to walk more than twenty feet, I gave physical accessibility as much consideration as the average non-disabled person: when I thought of it at all, it was to note the presence of a ramp or parking space or the like. I never realized the sheer number of small (and not-so-small) obstacles a physically-disabled person must navigate to traverse the same distance I can walk across without a second thought.

[personal profile] synecdochic jokes that I'm more apt to rant about a non-accessible space than she; I say that's because I have the energy to spare, since I'm not the one who has to hoist myself over a crappy curb-cut or make a fifty-yard detour to find an entrance without steps.

We're spending the next couple evenings at a Marriott in northern Virginia while I attend a work-related conference. My annoyance at our less-than-ideally-accessible room spurred the creation of this community.

photo of a wheelchair caster jammed against an elevated threshold

This is the doorway of our handicapped-accessible room. Hardly noticeable to someone not in a wheelchair, jumping a threshold this high takes surprising momentum with the standard-sized casters equipped on this wheelchair. (The casters are the two small wheels in front.) Not only is momentum difficult to build up when you're on carpet, it can't be done when you're maneuvering through a doorway alone, as you need one hand to hold open the dor and the other on the doorframe; you have to haul yourself through from a standstill.</td>

image of a bathroom sink and mirror

Some effort has clearly been made to make this sink accessible. Note the lack of a vanity, allowing the wheelchair-user to get close to the sink.

image of me in D's chair pulled up to the sink

But removing the vanity's only the first step: the sink was installed at the standard height for the non-wheelchair user. Note how high I have to lift my arms to reach the bowl. The mirror's also mounted too high. I can't see anything below my nose while sitting straight-backed in the chair.

image of D's wheelchair next to a toilet

A standard toilet bowl sits 14"-15" off the floor. An accessible toilet bowl should be 17"-19" high. It's amazing how much of a difference those couple inches make. Lacking a ruler, you can judge the height of this toilet by the height of D's wheelchair: her seat is 15" high. Not only are higher-than-standard seats essential for the disabled, they're more comfortable for seniors, heavily-pregnant women, or anyone who experiences hip and knee pain. I really don't know why this higher height hasn't become the standard.

image of double-hung glass doors

While the main doors in the lobby are accessible, the doors to the sole designated outdoor smoking area are not. Each door is less than 24" wide. D's chair is about 21" wide at the base; she could not get through without having two doors held open (remember that a certain amount of clearance is required for your hands to push your wheel rims). Even worse, the doors were poorly hung, making them extremely heavy. Again, this isn't just a problem for a person in a wheelchair. It's difficult for anyone using a cane, for anyone with decreased upper-body strength, or for a senior citizen.


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