Following the Threads of Access and Acceptance

 

Happy Friday Evening  Internet!

As an associative thinker my mind is always seeing connections in well,

EVERYTHING.

Some  connections are incidental, accidental, or spurious and so have no meaning beyond the importance my mind places on them. Other times connections are quite complicated but accurate.

Teasing out the threads to come to a point  can be time consuming.

If it were to be representable in real life it would look less like this:

spider-web

a nicely organized spider web

and more like this background here:

threadsmoriarty

Sherlock Holme’s “web of conspiracy” in “Game of Shadows”-Robert Downey jr. drinking embalming fluid not included.

Lucky for you, issues brought up in my reading  and on twitter recently  all have a rather obvious connection. The issues are:

  • The Impact of  UK Shared space design on access for the blind
  • Lack of  minority representation  in the entertainment industry , and more broadly, any white male dominated professions

 

  • Persons without disabilities playing disabled characters and the lack of hiring, recruitment, availability and promotion of actors with disabilities

 

This graphic was shared as well:

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Frankly, you could make this about any minority.

 Finally Becca Makin asks why change to accommodate or include persons with disability is often so opposed, when other adaptations are easily and keenly encouraged by society.  Like the list above, many excuses are used as to why access isn’t possible or desirable.

Becca points out that we human beings collectively EXCEL at modifying the environment to suit us.

Why is there pushback or apathy towards access or acceptance?

So often it is because the minority (doesn’t matter what type) is othered.

If we don’t consider the disabled, or a gender,  or different color, or religion “one of us” there is no feeling of societal benefit in change.

So often It is because the concept of “normal” is held as the ideal, making the inevitable outliers lesser.

If a person is  less, we can feel superior as so place blame for difficulties on the person.

So often it is because we are lazy.

If we  put responsibility for change on the minority there is no need to expect power structures/status quo account for how they create or encourage inequality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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