Tiri..."There have been lots of situations where I've been disabled by people refusing/limiting access because of my assistance dog."
Natasha..."Recently I had to vote (which is mandatory in my country) and the local voting booth wasn’t wheelchair accessible... they ended up bringing me the voting papers and putting a box on top of me in my wheelchair. Let’s just say it was embarrassing and ridiculous that they are setting up polling in places which aren’t accessible - and worse... this was at a school! So if a parent wanted to watch their child perform a play or something and that parent uses a wheelchair, they wouldn’t have access to watch other than from outside. Plus I’ve had to miss out on school interviews before as they’re held in areas which aren’t wheelchair accessible. Basically, I always question, would I actually be disabled if the world was completely accessible for all people and not just able bodied people? And why are we still creating shops, workplaces, schools etc. That aren’t accessible? It’s discriminatory to say yes, we know you won’t be able to access, but it’s cheaper so we are going to do it."
Kel..."I have Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome and when at Uni asked for any 'in class' reading to be provided in advance so I could 1) make it a format that worked for me 2) not feel super stressed when everyone accept me had finished reading. I had one particular teacher who though asked many many times never provided me with what I needed. I ended up not doing well in the topic, feeling super stressed in the class, and I became seen as 'disabled' for constantly asking for what I needed. Surely emailing me some reading isn't too much to ask for?!"
Deaf Girly..."I think the most marked one is when I want to plan my social life and things like the cinema and the theatre do not allow for spontaneous decisions. Captioned performances are few and far between. Date nights cannot happen at weekends or normal times if you want to see a movie and the choice of movie is not yours."
"A lot of buses in my area have stairs instead of ramps so I can’t get on them when I’m with my wheelchair. Another thing is that my apartment complex has doors you have to pull to get into the lobby which means I can’t enter myself as the door itself is very heavy and impossible to open when i’m in a wheelchair."
Zoë..."I had an incident once where my train was delayed and when I got to the station there was no staff to assist me off the train. With difficulty if I hadn't;t of gotten of the train I would have headed back to where I came from with no ticket and no way of getting home. Train conductors and other member of staff are crucial and proposed cutswould hinder accessibility as well as safety for disabled travellers."
Caroline..."I use a wheelchair for longer distances but I find it hard to know with taxi's if my wheelchair will fit in the trunk ahead of time."
"I often find myself in situations where passenger assistance don't turn up when I'm travelling on the train; this happens more often than not. In terms of busses it would be great if we had talking buses where I live, this would really help."