Wheelchair Diversity Awareness
A full 19% of the non-institutionalized population of the United States suffer from a mental or physical disability of some sort. That includes the over 1 million people who use a wheelchair to get around. Our society is making strides toward making our world as accessible as reasonably possible. For instance, since 1995 we've gone from 62% of all public transportation having wheelchair access to 98% in 2007. That said, it's impossible to understand how well we are doing in wheelchair accessibility unless we "walk a mile in their shoes," or in this case, get off our feet into their chair.
In this video I, Wes Halverson, try to get a glimpse into what it's like to navigate life from a wheelchair. I went to a shopping mall, and tried to complete tasks that would be considered part of everyday life. There were definitely some situations that lifted my spirits when I realized how well were looking out for the disabled. However, there were other situations that showed that we are not yet where we need to be in terms of handicap accessibility.