Congratulations to disability advocates in NYC!
There was a big win for accessibility in the Big Apple today. A precedent setting settlement agreement was reached today with the New York Taxi Cab and Limousine Commission and a number of disability organizations. The settlement requires that at least 50% of taxi cabs in Manhattan by the year 2020.
This agreement has huge implications for people with disabilities who live and visit in NYC, affecting everything from interdependent living to community inclusion to shoe durability.
"In the half decade I worked on disability policy in NYC no issue garnered as much attention as accessible taxis," said fellow Ceep Lawrence Carter-Long, former Executive Director of the Disabilities Network of NYC and recipient of the Frieda Zames award for disability advocacy from NYC Mayor Micheal R. Bloomberg in 2009. "As the Big Apple ushers in a new era with the election of Bill de Blasio as Mayor it appears that the outgoing administration has finally decided to come down on the right side of history. But just barely. 6500 wheelchair accessible taxis in a city the size of New York isn’t perfect but it is most certainly a sign of progress rolling forward. The real test will be in the implementation. Thankfully, history has shown that if the citizens of NYC want something done, they’ll find a way to do it. With the right leadership at the helm great things can come from this agreement and all the work, that has been going on for decades now, that eventually made it possible. I’m cautiously optimistic, hopeful even, that the shoes of disabled NY’ers will last a little longer as a result of decisions like these. After years of unnecessary road blocks and bureaucratic entanglements, the momentum behind this agreement is an extremely good sign."
Image source: Disabilities Network of New York
Does anyone know if there’s a Brain Thing where loud noises (esp. sharp ones like dishes clanking) cause you physical pain?
Just because I’m not complaining doesn’t mean everything’s okay.
I’m just tired of complaining because its not like it will magically change. When it does change I’ll let you know.
Disabled Parking Bay Abuse Protest
Wheelchair users found an original way to protest the abuse of disabled parking bays in Lisbon, Portugal. Weekenders that day (November 11) who attempted to park their car in a normal parking space outdoor Saldanha, Lisbon, saw all the usual places occupied by a wheelchair.
Wheelchairs had written messages on the back with messages like “I’ll be back in 10 minutes”, “I won’t be long” or “I’m just having a coffee”, the usual justifications for those not experiencing any physical limitation, who park their cars in places reserved for disabled people.
Similar initiatives were carried out in the city of Vila Real (Portugal, in photographs) as well as in Boa Vista on Avenida Jaime Brazil, the National Day of Struggle for the Disabled.
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Thanks in advance!!
I need to take a shower because I feel gross.
Because I feel gross, I am having a hard time convincing myself to take a shower.