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Handicapped Parking- the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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Handicapped parking is one of those issues that tends to bring out the very best and the very worst in people. Some people think it’s essential, while others think it’s a waste of space. I think most people would agree that those who are disabled should have the same rights and opportunities as those are able bodied, but disagreements arise when trying to decide the best way to ensure that that happens. And of course, should everyone who has a disability qualify for a parking pass? Who decides? These are difficult questions with difficult answers.

 

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Sex, Love, and Disability

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We find that society is uncomfortable with disability and they’re also uncomfortable with sex… So when you tie the two together, nobody wants to go near it.

To be honest, I’d never really given the topic much thought; I try not to concern myself with other people’s sex lives. But, as I read through this article in the Toronto Star, I realized that I would have some assumptions if I took the time to think about it. The article looks at the relationship between Tim, a man with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and Natalie, an able bodied woman. The article was detailed and well written, but the thing that stood out the most for me was learning that Tim had been excluded from sex-ed classes in high school because it was assumed he didn’t need them.

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Being a Disabled Commuter

I saw this article in my local newspaper and it made me think. This is an issue that I am very conflicted about. I haven’t really come to an absolute decision about this- it’s a really complicated issue.

The humanitarian in me instantly thinks that everyone should have equal access to everything. In an ideal world this would most certainly be the case. I sympathize with Mike who says: “You can’t live a spontaneous life, especially in the winter.” While I do not know what it’s like to be confined to a wheelchair I do understand the concept of having to plan out activities or change plans due to accessibility or disability. I agree that businesses should be wheelchair accessible, and have no problem with disability parking. But when it comes down to it, making everything accessible to everyone is just not realistic.

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