Why Terms Like ‘Fully Accessible’ Don’t Help Disabled People



By Carrie-Ann Lightly.

Visiting a new place can be anxiety-inducing for even the most confident disabled person. A holiday, a weekend trip, a day out – even popping to the local shops. Why would you be worried about nipping out for a loaf of bread, I hear you ask? Because, dear reader, the language and terminology used to tell us if we can even get through the door is so confusing.

‘Fully Accessible’

‘Fully Accessible’ – what does that even mean? Fully accessible to who? Just because two people have the same medical condition, or use the same type of mobility aid, doesn’t mean that their access needs are the same. If I told you that all people with brown hair can ride a unicycle, or that not one person in the world with size 6 feet is left-handed, you’d tell me that was ridiculous and impossible. Disabled people are just as individual as everyone else on the planet, and so are our wants and needs.

Allow me to demonstrate with a very unscientific, rather wonky example.


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