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    News about accessibility and disability worldwide; approaching issues from the social model of disability perspective.

    This subreddit is a place to discuss systemic barriers, negative attitudes and exclusion by society that contribute to disabling people. While physical variations may cause individual limitation or impairments, these do not have to lead to disability unless society fails to take account of and include people regardless of their individual differences.

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    eu regulations or body to enforce such regulation please?

    my boyfriend is a low partial and is low vision.

    anyone know what if any of these eu regulations are for making things accessible, and holding people accountable for making their services and programs accessible?

    this company is in the EU, could be in the UK, but seems like a EU thing that is hevily used there. WE are american, me and my boyfriend. he's trying to use this product for work. actually his work is using it or the client his has them use it. So the problem is that it isn't actually accessible. too many of things are wrong with it. he has to get trained on the product and everything. but it is not even possible to pass the certification because it's not accessible? Not sure if the company wants to help or if it's possible to get hold of a manager. what rules and regulations are there in the EU to protect this and to help? is there an authority.

    any ideas? if he doesn't pass this class or test or can't do this job he may lose his job or his client, which he definitely wants to avoid. the client will also not help him so that's another problem.

    19:15 UTC


    Cars are killing our disabled people. We need to stop cars from killing people with disabilities.

    16:45 UTC


    Tell me why you think Mac OS is more accessible for people with disabilities

    Hi. I am doing a project (not for school) and I want to compile a report about why Mac OS is a better software for people with disabilities. I would like to have concrete answers not just “because it is”. I have also read articles online but I would love to hear individual opinions. (I also have disabilities myself). I also understand that every disability is a little different.

    For example, I believe that Mac is a superior software because it has a much more user friendly interface than windows. Windows programs in my experience also freeze and crash a lot. I have also gotten viruses on windows computers but never on a Mac. With that being said, I actually own both a windows and a Mac computer because some programs I like to use on windows are not compatible with Mac and Vice versa.

    No trolls please.

    Thank you for your input.

    22:07 UTC


    [VOICE TO TEXT]: How I adapted the Lorm alphabet to my disabilities, maybe it will be helpful to others. Ask Me Anything. [STOP]

    [VOICE TO TEXT]: Hello, first I would like to introduce myself. In the fall of 2018, I had an accident where I picked up an unknown object while hiking, which turned out to be a landmine from the 1990s, and in that accident, I lost both arms above the elbows, sight and 90% of hearing. Through physical rehabilitation I adapted to my disability and learned to do most things with my feet, the only things I can't do are button my pants and tie my hair. The reason why I don't use prostheses is that without sight and hearing, I don't have a good feeling for prostheses because I rely entirely on touch, and they don't give me that. I also learned to read braille with my toes on a refreshable braille display, which was my main way of communication for a long time, through messages. But I noticed that without sight and hearing and with communication through braille display, I felt increasingly isolated and lonely over time even though I was surrounded by people, which greatly affected my mental health. Which was from the accident already shaken by the loss of arms, sight and hearing all at once. So I tried to find another way to communicate with my family and friends and that's how I found out about the Lorm alphabet, although I tried some other tactile ways of communication, none were as adaptable to my disabilities and at the same time fast for communication. With the help of my friends, I managed to adapt the Lorm alphabet to my disabilities, and finally in conversations I feel like a part of the conversation, and not just someone who reads it from the side. That's why I asked a friend if she could draw an adapted version that I could share with you because even though I've never met anyone with all the disabilities that I have, maybe any of you know someone who might find this helpful. Because this community helped me a lot during my journey through adaptation to a new life. Of course, feel free to ask me anything that interests you, I will try to answer as many questions as possible or give me your opinions and feedback. [STOP]

    [VOICE TO TEXT]: Few more things that were pointed out to me that cannot be seen from the drawing and which are important for good communication: 1. A sliding touch from the edge of the heel to the tips of the toes indicates the end of each sentence if it is not a question or an exclamation. 2. Full palm-to-sole touch to indicate the end of the conversation or change of a speaker. 3. Scratching the heel with all fingers like tickling to indicate that someone laughs. 4. And of course, I'm not a professional and no professional taught me to use the Lorm alphabet, so forgive me if something is wrong in my interpretation of the alphabet. So if you have a suggestion for something that I'm missing or would make the conversation even easier, I would be grateful if you could share it. [STOP]

    A drawing of the sole of my foot on which there is an adapted Lorm alphabet that can be used for communication with people who are deaf-blind and without both arms.

    10:25 UTC


    Woman calls out airline after crew nearly broke her wheelchair in ‘rushed’ boarding debacle: ‘These are literally my legs’

    17:43 UTC


    Achievement and disability

    11:53 UTC


    Wheelchair & Accessible Walks Allestree Park and Golf Club, Derby

    10:08 UTC


    Access, diversity, inclusion, belonging...

    11:50 UTC


    Parents of children with disabilities - how do you approach the important topic of sex and relationships?

    Do you consider your child to be more vulnerable sex and relationship related issues? For example consent, what is and isn't appropriate for someone to do to you or you to do to them. Do you rely on their school to teach them about sex education, body changes and relationships or is it something you discuss with them yourselves?

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    11:34 UTC


    How to open a door with your hand full

    04:59 UTC


    Tried to report ADA violations at a SF Bay Area public agency BUT don't have a disability, so nothing :(

    05:26 UTC


    Want to start a photo blog- help!

    I wish to start a photo blog of individuals with disabilities (visible and invisible) in my community, but I wanted to ask for the opinions of people who live with disabilities first. I would really appreciate your input on this concept.

    The aim of the prospective blog would be to increase the visibility of people with disabilities in my community, to spread awareness, dispel myths, and share stories and lived experiences of people with disabilities. The quotes, words and stories shared would only be from those featured, and not from an able narrator. The stories would not be focused on heroic or inspirational narratives, but instead be varied in their topic and depth. The format I am envisioning is similar to Humans of New York.

    I realize that I am operating on two assumptions (at least, and please let me know if you can identify more). One is that people with disabilities wish to become more visible and to publicly share their disability status/identity. The second is that being more visible will benefit people with disabilities.

    Some background is that I am an able-bodied person that has lived with anxiety and depression. I work with people with developmental disabilities and consider myself an ally but am constantly self-reflecting to try to identify my own biases/ableist perceptions.

    It would be really helpful if you could provide your own personal perspective on the assumptions on which I am operating and share any issues or problems I have not considered.

    Thanks, Am I An Ally

    04:50 UTC


    Places to find magnet-blocking laptop covers? IT, have a user with a shunt.

    Corporate IT, have a user with a lumbar shunt that can't be exposed to magnets. Unfortunately our laptops, especially the MacBooks, are full of them. Has anyone come across add-on covers with, I dunno, a steel weave that contains the magnetism?

    15:29 UTC


    wheelchair accessible transit Portland OR

    hi all im looking for suggestions for getting around portland right now i have some assistance with taxis but im looking for more cost effective door to door options i have ride to care for medical appointments but my dr wrote a letter asking that i not be on that because it caused so many issues for example being left too long so im trying to find an alternative thats door to door but not as expensive as taxis the lift trimet service leaves me for hours same as medical transport and uber and lyft use the same companies as medical transport so im running out of ideas?

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    18:23 UTC


    Disability Themed Short Story Anthology Call for Submissions

    Hello Everyone,

    I am a current undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University. With the help of various staff members, I am compiling a short story anthology that will exclusively feature short stories written by people with disabilities. All of the stories will feature disabled main characters.

    I am accepting submissions until October 1st. Responses to submissions will be sent out in November. The anthology will be published as a free e-book in March 2018.

    All submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

    • The story’s protagonist must have a disability. The term "disability" encompasses anyone with a physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, or sensory impairment that significantly affects one or more major life functions.

    • Only disabled individuals who are 16 years old or older may submit.

    • Stories must be between 500 and 7500 words.

    • Each story’s content should be appropriate for readers 13 years old and older. It’s fine to have some violence and/or swearing, but it shouldn’t be gratuitous.

    • All genres of stories except for erotica will be considered.

    • Reprints are fine, although previously unpublished stories are preferred.

    • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but writers should let us know if their submission is accepted elsewhere.

    • The short story should be in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced.

    Submissions should be sent to disabilitysubmissions@gmail.com as Word attachments. Each author may only submit one short story for consideration.

    The email should also include the writer’s complete contact information, a brief third person biography, and information about their disability.

    Writers will be paid $30 for the one-time non-exclusive right to publish their story in the anthology. Writers will be paid shortly after the anthology is published.

    Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

    01:36 UTC


    NOT SPECIAL NEEDS | March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day | #NotSpecialNeeds

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