Anyone born with physical trouble writing (not, can you write a good story, but how long does it take you to write a good sentence…), knows the frustration from school or work or both when good notetaking is essential, and the speed at which you can take notes is *noticeably* slower than your peers…
If, in elementary school in my time, those that were able to use electric typerwriters were taught to type on an electric typewriter…Instantly grades went up, and continued to do so, as other people were still handwriting reports at least until high school and crappy handwriting was a thing of the past.
Then in 1985 the era of the word processor….Wordstar two 5/1/2 inch floppys…a better way to store and manipulate text, good for grad school at the time.
In the 90’s the personal computer became available to some…and the Internet began to become more widely used, and in 1996 (coincidentally during my abortive semester in law school,) a portable word processor with a single disk drive was available. (Not a full fledged laptop but it really wasn’t needed.)
Those things, and the speech recognition in my desktop today help me produce written work in a timely fashion comparable to my able bodied peers.
But some with impairments may lose the leveling of the playing field theat computers have given us until now and this “computer revolution” is not something I’ll be able to adapt to as easily as the times above.
The Blackberry, the I-phone…cerebral palsy even makes laptop work difficult for my fingers, if the keys are any smaller than a conventional keyboard, let alone the minibuttons or touch screens on blackberries or I-Phones…
The “mouse” is fine, but those trackpads on laptops are murder for someone with screwed up hand eye coordination.
So, the computer, once the equalizer, will now become another thing that some of us will be unable to do as quickly as our able peers, should work, play, or volunteering ever require excessive computer time not done on a desktop….
When blind, Deaf or motor impaired persons grouse about cell phones, blackberry’s or I-phones that have no way to adapt to their needs, it’s never just grousing for grousings sake. Those of us facile on the Internet shouldn’t have to “lose” that leveler if the technology changes…either slowed down, or shut out altogether in some cases.
The able just don’t get it sometimes…or even most of the time depending on their level of exposure to those with impairments.
Using the manual chair and the scooter is not (at least for now) increased captivity or imprinsonment.
it is Freedom.
Freedom from (most) falling.
Combined with a paratranisit van, it also means Freedom from concern over how to walk over ice…or snow…
Freedom from fatigue from walking too far, standing too long…
Freedom from not being able to carry things
Freedom from being the person who always moved the slowest.
Reduction in joint stress, arthritis symptoms.
Freedom to explore large accessible venues (concerts, malls, parks, etc etc etc…for as long as the batteries hold out *without fatigue.*) That is a marvel.
If anyone is out there who has come to the point where it’s darn well time to take a seat.
I hope that eventually they come to see it as freeing rather than confining…
(now if it’s a manual, and someone has to help push….there’s always that negotiation which, I am aware can be a pain in the ***. “She’s lazy. She just wants to be pushed around and do nothing for herself…” Just no.)
I don’t usually peddle product on this blog.
If U.S and Canadian readers have some upper and/or lower body mobility, and have wanted to exersize, but haven’t found the right thing… bug your local gym, or community center, or medical center to purchase the item below…or save up to purchase one for home use…
I’m finding it a bit hilarious. I have become a gym rat….
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t and won’t go to a gym. Public display of my size and general lack of fitness is not something I’ll do. And my lack of shape means I’m nowhere near up to 20 minutes of aerobics a day…I am working up to that.
I’ve founda piece of exersize tech that appears to work for me. For me personally, I was not going to get into fitness unless and until it did not come with the price of other people gawking at me. The roomate bought the thing for herself, and it also ended up working for me….
It’s a chair built to support my present weight (actually it supports up to 110 pounds *over* my present weight.) The chair comes with a cycling attachment and some resistance handles.
I have to use the cycler as one might use equipment that works the legs in steps because the angle of the thing does not yet permit me to use it as a bike…I also detach it and use it as a table cycle….and then do the resistance stuff every other day…
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There’s been an FCC ruling today that seems to require digital phone to meet the same accessibility standards as standard phone systems, that should open up an easier transition for folks with impairments interested in amping up their phone experience….
But, as the technology aimed at making books [full works, not excerpts] ages out, and a new one takes its place…a negative query from a federal agency may mean that truly digitized books, have a ways to go… (LiveJournal login may be required to access that link)
I don’t know if I’m ready for assistive tech in this situation, but PWD’s as a class are known for their creativity and adaptability so… the 19th Floor blog brings us ….making some time
in the heck is running Yahoo’s newsgathering service because it found a genuine story about ease of use and universal design .
A story that has no
“Disability Insurance” subject line or subject matter.
A story that has no
Super Crip or patient overcomer “they don’t let their disability stand in the way of ” Gag.
I’d like to let my disability stand in the way of their necks when they write this stuff.
But go read the article, marytr and inspirational slant free… I’m just amazed.