The Challenges of being Alone and Disabled

Sara

People living with disabilities face a rather difficult life as compared to everyone else. They have to exist against all odds and it becomes even harder when there is no one to help them. No one to help them in the bathroom, kitchen cabinets have only been constructed to suit the undisabled and not all buildings are user friendly for them.

Physically handicapped people... assuming little or no use of legs or feet, particularly, since paraplegia springs to mind... very often have difficulties rising from bed, getting into their chair, dressing below the waist, moving from chair to toilet and back (and wiping themselves before returning), reaching for any items on or above standard-height vanities and kitchen cabinets and above centerline in refrigerators, finding and using common furniture such as couches and recliners, getting through house doors (especially closing doors behind them), getting from door to parking lot over curbs, getting from chair to vehicle (sometimes riding in their own chair in a specially-equipped van), driving, exiting their vehicle (usually but not always made easier by a rear-exit ramp), getting from parking lot into many institutions or places of business over curbs and up steps and over thresholds, reaching over standard-height counters, reaching higher grocery-store shelves and cooler cases, fueling their vehicles at self-serve stations, getting around in narrow business aisles (especially when "normally-abled" people have parked their shopping carts in the middle of the aisle and are jabbering to someone on a cellphone), traveling by any form of mass transit (bus, train, airplane), passing through metal detectors, and traversing any sort of staircases or (even short) vertical blockades (curbs, steps, et al) in general, using public restrooms, eating in bench-only or counter-only diners, using any sort of conventional weighing scales, traveling on any unpaved surface (sand, gravel, grass, dirt, mud, etc).

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