By Elki in York Disability Rights Forum.
Elki lives in York and relies on using her Blue Badge to be able to park near enough to the places she needs and wants to go. In this Member’s Voice post, Elki writes about what she sees as the dangers of reducing disability visibility in York.
Disability representation and visibility are crucial to shaping the attitudes of society towards disabled people. Ultimately they have a big impact on whether we’re treated as equal to others. They also have a huge effect on how we see ourselves.
One of the more subtle dangers of taking away access to the city centre for a lot of disabled people is that fewer of us will be seen in town. When we see pictures of people enjoying the reopening of cafés and restaurants we probably won’t see visibly disabled people in those pictures. When we read about how people are welcomed back, that probably won’t apply to us. When people go about their business, doing their shopping, they probably won’t come across disabled people. And so, disabled people will become even easier to forget about or ignore.
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