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In the aftermath of Stella Young's untimely death, I am pleased to see active discussion about disability issues continuing around me.
I discovered that my blogging friend, MichelleWestlund of Crochet Between Worlds, is also a wheelchair user who has experienced exclusion from public spaces when using her wheelchair. This affected one of her (able-bodied) friends so profoundly that he wrote an article about it:
"The Ups and Downs of Ramps and Stairs" by Matthew Dunn.
The author kindly allowed his good friend Michelle to republish it on her blog: http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/the-ups-and-downs-of-ramps-and-stairs.html.
Matthew Dunn's article was originally published in Voiceworks magazine (details in the reference list below). His article is sensitively written yet still highlights the basic access problems that exist in our built environs.
I hope that everybody reads it, both those with disability and those without, and that everyone thinks carefully about the issues raised because we can all play a part in effecting change for the better.
Many thanks to Michelle Westlund for chasing up the article and sharing it on her blog and giving Lupey Loops a kind mention; also to Matthew Dunn for sharing his story.
How would you navigate your daily life with a wheelchair?
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences, questions and ideas on Lupey Loops and Crochet Between Worlds.
I am keen to revisit to see what you think.
Crochet Between Worlds, blog, 2013–2015: http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.com.au
Dunn, Matthew, "The Ups and Downs of Ramps and Stairs"
—originally published in Voiceworks magazine, <voiceworksmag.com.au> Issue 92 'Thing', Express Media, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, 5 April 2013: http://www.voiceworksmag.com.au/marketing/voiceworks-92-thing/#sthash.wQW9t7kv.dpbs;
—republished on Crochet Between Worlds, blog, 20 January 2015: http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/the-ups-and-downs-of-ramps-and-stairs.html
Lupey Loops, "Access All Areas: Stella Young", blog entry, 9 January 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/access-all-areas-stella-young.html
Westlund, Michelle, "The Ups and Downs of Ramps and Stairs" blog entry, Crochet Between Worlds, 20 January 2015: http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/the-ups-and-downs-of-ramps-and-stairs.html