Google Makes Life Easier for Deaf People

March 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Posted in disability, Tech Talk | Leave a comment

From GIZMODO: Today, YouTube is rolling out automatic captioning for all videos uploaded to the service, using Google’s speech recognition service.

There are many reasons for captions on every video: ESL viewers, people in other countries, searchability, not wanting to disturb others, loud locations and automatic translations to other countries.

The captioning won’t be perfect, since Google’s speech recognition isn’t perfect, but it is really, really cool, and is sort of one step toward the goal of speech to speech recognition in real time that Google is aiming for.

I feel like the future is finally coming true. When I was young, speech recognition and the electric car were promised every few years, but it seemed that no significant progress was ever made. Finally, the future is now !

New Leg Lengthening Technique, Exoskeleton from Honda, Bionic Knees, and 5 year old has new springs

April 20, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Posted in disability | Leave a comment

Medical MondayGo Go Gadget Legs

This is the third of three articles for Moose’s Medical Monday, April 20th 2009

Finland Smart Material Technology Adapted To Repairing Skeletal Malformations Succeeds:shadow looks like man is 10 feet tall

In traditional bone stretching treatments, the bone is stretched using a frame on the outside of the limb. This is painful and nearly always leads to infection of the puncture root and formation of large scars. Other complications are a decrease in the area of movement of the limb and fractures in the new bone. After care adds significantly to the costs of treatment. By using Synoste’s completely implantable limb lengthening device, these problems are avoided. The device is based on bone marrow nailing, which is usually used in orthopaedics. A bone marrow nail is placed in the long bone of an artificially fractured limb and slowly extended. Through the bone’s normal healing mechanisms, new bone grows in the fracture cleft and thus the bone lengthens.

“The nail does not contain electronics; rather its operation is based on achieving lengthening by the innovative use of a smart material that reacts to a magnetic field. The benefits of the technology are a high degree of reliability, controllability, cost-efficiency and patient friendliness”, says researcher Antti Ritvanen in describing the technology developed by the group.

“Four times per day, the patient places his foot on an automatic home care device that produces a magnetic field, at which time a daily stretching of about one millimetre is divided into smaller steps. Lengthening can be carried out painlessly at home, even while lounging on the sofa, and only takes a few minutes of the day”

Japan Slide Show: Exoskeletons Give New Life to Legs:Stride Management Assist and Body Weight Support Assist exoskeleton device from Honda

David Iida, a spokesperson for Honda present at the event, says the primary inspiration for the devices was the demographic shift in Japan, which has a shrinking population and the world’s highest proportion of elderly people. Honda’s goal: to provide automated devices such as the Stride Management Assist and the Body Weight Support Assist that will provide the aged and disabled with increased mobility.

The Stride Management Assist works by pushing and pulling the user’s legs forward or backward as he or she walks. Two small, silent electric motors placed level with the hip joint power the device, which straps on to the user with three belts—one around the waist and two around each leg.

The Bodyweight Support Assist supports the weight of users rather than adding extra force to their stride. Users “sit” in a saddle connected to their shoes by leglike armatures, and the unit maintains a constant upward force toward the wearer’s center of gravity, making it feel as if the user is lighter than he or she actually is.

District of Columbia Iraq veteran gets powerful new knees:Lt. Col. Greg Gadson has two bionic knees

The Power Knee uses sensors (in contact with the thigh muscle, for example) to anticipate how the user will move, and then shifts itself into position.

“This is the second generation Power Knee,” says Tabi King, a spokesperson for Ossur Americas, the manufacturer. “It uses the same type of technology, but it’s half the size, makes half the noise, is half the weight and is much more intelligent.”

King says the knee is learning in real time to react to a patient so the patient doesn’t have to think about walking. “There are sensors and artificial intelligence in the prosthetic that are watching what the body is doing. The biggest benefit is by doing so much work on its own, the amputee doesn’t have to think about movement.”

United Kingdom Ellie May has a spring in her step:Ellie May with carbon framed legs

A BRAVE girl who tragically lost all her limbs to meninigitis is learning to walk again.

Five-year-old Ellie May Challis has become the youngest person in the world to be fitted with special carbon framed limbs.

The youngster touched the hearts of people across the county as she defied the odds to survive the killer bug which she contracted in 2005.

Sadly Ellie May had to have all her limbs amputated eight weeks later.

People from across Essex rallied to support her parents Lisa and Paul Challis by holding fundraisers to pay for prosthetic limbs, but those have left her struggling to keep up with her classmates at Engaines Primary School in Little Clacton and her twin sister Sophie.

So her parents, who moved to Little Clacton from Rainham at Christmas, contacted world renowned prosthetic limb centre Dorset Orthopaedic to see if they could help and the firm made the specially designed new legs.

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North Pole Trek; BC Pollen, Booze, Smoking, Drugs, Nurses, and Needle Exchange; Toronto Lead; Alberta Health Cuts; Drywall and Asbestos

April 20, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Posted in disability, Medical | Leave a comment

Medical MondayCanadian Edition

This is the first of three articles for Moose’s Medical Monday, April 20th 2009

It’s a real mixed bag of Good Newsgood news and Bad Newsbad news in Canadian Medicine and disability news. Let’s start the Canada Health roller coaster.

good news Ontario Thunder Bay quadriplegic reaches North Pole:

“The men, both lawyers, say they embarked on the daunting trek to raise awareness of accessibility issues and to show how obstacles can be overcome through persistence. Shannon and Watkins erected a disabled parking sign at the North Pole to commemorate their successful trek”.

bad news British Columbia Late spring means high pollen count for B.C.:

“A long winter and late spring in B.C. mean many plants are ramping up pollination efforts all at the same time, wreaking havoc on the immune systems of pollen allergy sufferers”.

Hey, since when is mid-April a “late Spring”? In the seven years I lived in Toronto, I swear there wasn’t one warm day before June 10th.

Canadian Drinking Teambad news British Columbia Canadians who drink, drink a lot:

“More than half of all the alcohol consumed in Canada is being downed by just a 10th of the population”.

“Younger adults, age 15 to 24, are consuming nearly 80% of their alcohol in excess of the low-risk guidelines set out by the [UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research]”.

good news British Columbia Despite the above startling statistic, Teens use less booze, drugs and tobacco, new health survey shows:

“With all the negative stereotyping we see and hear about young people in our province, it is encouraging to note that smoking, alcohol use and marijuana use have all declined since the last survey in 2003,” said Annie Smith, executive director of the society, after the report was released Tuesday.

“There are promising and positive trends in areas like smoking and alcohol,” she said, referring to the fact that 29 per cent of 13-year-olds said they have drunk alcohol, down from 34 per cent five years earlier. For 15-year-olds, 58 per cent said they had drunk alcohol, down from 65 per cent in 2003.

“Clearly, we have to use the public messages or interventions that are working and apply them to other areas,” she added.

The survey indicates that the typical age when kids first try marijuana is 13 and 14, but the overall number of youth who have tried marijuana shrank from 37 per cent in 2003 to 30 per cent in 2008.

The survey also measures teen rates of prescription pills and hallucinogens use, seatbelt and helmet use, teen sex, suicidal thoughts, and overall health

good news British Columbia Victoria – Needle exchange models examined:

“Victoria mayor looks at combining service with suburban health clinics. The idea of locating needle exchanges in suburban medical clinics is being greeted skeptically by local mayors.”

Victoria’s fixed needle exchange on Cormorant Street, funded by the VIHA and operated by AIDS Vancouver Island, was evicted last May when operators were unable to control problems that spilled onto the street.bad news

Neighbours complained that people congregating outside presented a frightening face to the streetscape and clients left a trail of dirty syringes, blood and human feces.

Unable to find a new location for the exchange, a mobile unit has been set up. The number of needles being handed out is down significantly and the return rate is also down. That’s a concern to public health officials as re-using and sharing needles puts people at risk of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C.

good news British Columbia 7th Annual Daymaker Day w/ the Megahair Family:

Thanks for the tip off Miss 604 good newshairstyle looks like a dogs head

Thursday April 28th is Daymaker Day in Vancouver and one group is setting out to make the day of sick kids, their families, and their caregivers at BC Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Easter Seal House, Sunny Hill Health Centre and SOS Children’s Village. They will be offered complimentary haircuts, nail painting, hand massages and stress relieving treatments courtesy of Megahair Family.

good news Canada United States Store decoys cut underage smoking, study finds:child smoking a cigarette

Currently, Canada, the U.S. and Australia are the only countries that enforce bans on sales of tobacco to minors.

“Given similar results from long-term enforcement efforts in Australia, other countries should be encouraged to adopt the World Health Organization Framework on Tobacco Control strategies to reduce the sale of tobacco to minors,” the study’s authors conclude.

Statistics Canada reported an estimated 15 per cent of teenagers smoked either occasionally or daily in 2006, compared to 18 per cent each year from 2003 to 2005.

bad news Alberta Debate on Alberta health insurance overhaul boils over:

“Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert … made a big splash this week — even by his infamous ‘Rockin’ Ron’ standards — when he declared that because the province’s healthcare costs are growing at an unsustainable rate, some medical services currently covered by the public insurance plan would have to be ‘de-listed’.”

Last week, Liepart announced that the province “would cease coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a change which would save the province $700,000 per year”.bad news I’m not sure why the Health Minister chose to highlight that particular cut to Alberta Healthcare. Was it a political decision to start the discussion of cuts with an appeal to right wing bigotry? Perhaps the hope was that the entire discussion would become aboot LGBT rights. But of course that’s all speculation.

bad news Ontario Reports expose holes in Canada’s food safety system:

To strengthen the ability of public health systems to respond quickly and effectively to food-borne illness outbreaks, Williams recommended several steps:

  • The federal government should consider expanding regional capacity to do molecular fingerprinting tests of bacterial strains — a tool that’s moved from research into more standardized use — rather than always sending samples to federal laboratories in Winnipeg and Ottawa for testing.
  • The Ontario Public Health Laboratory’s capacity to test and monitor bacterial strains should be expanded.
  • Local public health units should be educated about the best sampling techniques to improve testing timelines and manage outbreaks better, given that hundreds of brands of foods are now shipped across the country.
  • Improve the co-ordination of information and advice in managing outbreaks between federal and provincial inspectors and public health agencies, including labs.

good news Canada’s surprising proposal for fast tracking new drugs to patients:

From Canada, the land of long health care queues, comes a genuinely promising idea for speeding new medicines into the hands of patients—a fast track approval process called progressive licensing. Which is exactly what the U.S. needs. In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved only 19 new drugs, the lowest number since 1983. Last year saw a minor uptick to just 24 new medicines.

In 2007, Health Canada, the Canadian government’s lead agency on health care issues, launched a national discussion on how to transform the country’s drug approval system.

bad news Canada Fact: If you have Chinese drywall in your house you could die:

How do you know that you have it in your home? Well if you can’t tell by the immediate stink of rotten eggs there are some health issues:

  • Nose bleeds
  • Headaches
  • Coughs
  • Upper respiratory or sinus issues
  • Eye irritation
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Aching body
  • Rashes
  • Family pets may have died

good news Ontario Toronto eyes rebates to cut lead in water:

“Toronto’s works committee has approved a plan to help low-income residents limit the lead in their drinking water and is considering options to help all homeowners pay for lead pipe replacement”.

The rebate, which still requires council approval, would be available to certain “at risk” groups – including homes with a child under 6 or pregnant woman present, and those with a household income less than $50,000.

Successful applicants would get an annual $100 rebate toward the cost of certified, faucet-mounted filters and replacement cartridges.

The offer would be available to homeowners who still have city-owned lead water lines.
About 65,000 homes – most built prior to the mid-1950s – have lead service connections. Lead leaching into drinking water is considered a health hazard, particularly to young children and pregnant women.

bad news British Columbia In BC, Being a Nurse Can Be Hell:

“Assaults, abuse blamed on workplace climate, cuts and staff shortages.”

Nurses in British Columbia were more likely to report on-the-job abuse than their colleagues in other provinces, according to figures released by Statistics Canada this morning.

In B.C., 39 per cent of nurses providing direct care in hospitals or long-term care facilities reported having been physically assaulted on the job during the previous 12 months, based on a survey conducted in 2005. That was well above the Canadian average of 34 per cent and lower than only one province, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The number of B.C. nurses reporting emotional abuse from patients on the job was 53 per cent, compared to a national average of 47 per cent. The only province where a higher rate of nurses reported emotional abuse was Manitoba.

bad news Canada Health Canada, Asbestos, and the 2009 Budget:

It’s now well established in the news that Health Canada deliberately and shamefully, if obediently (the CMA Journal thinks the orders came from the Prime Minister’s Office), attempted to anti-democratically suppress an expert report concluding that chrysotile asbestos, the only type Canada still manufactures and which is exported because the domestic markets consider it too unsafe and carcinogenic for normal use, is after all carcinogenic and dangerous to human health. This would presumably take away our last good excuse for not agreeing to register chrysotile on international covenants banning free trade in such hazardous chemicals.

Plenty of other people have already hit on the key problem here, which is the hypocrisy of our foreign policy on this subject: pompous rhetoric proclaiming Canada the defender of health and security and good things everywhere, while we fight efforts to put asbestos on the Rotterdam Convention because it causes cancer and therefore must be restricted.

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The Eyeborg, Hand Camp, the GlideCycle, Protests by the Blind, and Innovations by Students to help the disabled

April 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Posted in disability | Leave a comment

Medical MondayThis is the last of five articles for Medical Monday, April 13 2009.

  1. General medical news in Canada.
  2. News related to Cancer treatment.
  3. International Medical News.
  4. Mental Disabilities raves and rant
  5. News and developments for people with Physical Disabilities.

United Kingdom The Eyeborg:

“Spence, who calls himself the “eyeborg,” is the latest example of the convergence of human and machine. No longer restricted to the realm of sci-fi novels and movies, technology is increasingly being integrated into the living body.”

Florida Florida Hand Camp gives kids a chance to play — away from stares:

And it’s free! “Each year, Dr. Paul Dell and his wife, Ruthie, host Hand Camp, a refuge for children and teens with upper-limb abnormalities.

Campers get to try arts and crafts, archery, and rope climbing in an environment away from teasing.”

the GlideCycleOregon Oregon – GlideCycle Allows the Disabled to Bike:

“While this bike looks like fun for the average bicyclist, it offers a particular advantage for injured and disabled riders and is even pitched as a form of physical therapy. ”

British Columbia Disabled Burnaby man’s right to travel alone challenged by Air Canada:

“The dispute between Air Canada and Morten began five years ago, when he unsuccessfully tried to book a flight from Vancouver to San Francisco without being accompanied by an assistant. He says he was “disempowered” by the rebuff and that he should not have to shoulder the cost of hiring an attendant. While Air Canada policy has recently changed to permit attendants to travel for free domestically, the concession does not apply to international travel.”

New York State NY City – Disability Access Activists Gather to Protest Kindle DRM:

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered in front of the headquarters of The Authors Guild in New York City to protest the removal of text-to-speech capabilities in Amazon’s new Kindle 2 ebook device.

You may remember a few months ago, when The Authors Guild claimed (falsely) that the text-to-speech feature violated copyright law, and forced Amazon to disable it.

Australia Australian Student Creates ‘Boomer’ Mobility Aid That Climbs/Descends Stairs:

“Most walkers are useless for getting up and down stairs. But the Boomer actively aids the process instead of hampering it. Designed for stability when walking, Boomer’s four wheels roll forward or backward on the ground, but when you mount or descend stairs, a push of a button raises the front wheels, and just the back wheels negotiate the stairs. You can lean your weight on the frame to steady you, while the back wheels move up and down to assist your climb.”

And speaking of innovative students ….

United States 10 Winning Science Fair Projects That Will Make You Feel Dumb:

The first three are new devices to help the deaf, the blind, and people with muscular dystrophy.

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Disability Association/ Treatment in BC and AB, PTSD Diagnosis, and Ignoring Mental Illness

April 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Posted in disability | Leave a comment

Medical MondayThis is the fourth of five articles for Medical Monday, April 13 2009.

  1. General medical news in Canada.
  2. News related to Cancer treatment.
  3. International Medical News.
  4. Mental Disabilities raves and rant
  5. News and developments for people with Physical Disabilities.

British Columbia Developmental Disabilities Association Visit:

“The three most common examples of developmental disabilities are: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy and Down’s Syndrome. “Developmental disabilities are generally used to describe life-long impairments that are attributable to mental and/or physical disabilities.” The DDA provides programs and facilities for infants, children, adults, seniors as well as family support. ”

Alberta Alberta clinic provides new hope for parents of autistic children:

Behavioral interventionist therapist Deanna Saunders explains that the intense treatment is the only one empirically proven to work — with 50 years of collected data supporting the interventionist methods.

“We’re working one-on-one with the children exposing them to a lot of repetition. We teach primarily through prompting or reinforcement,” she said.

Therapists use a combination of structured exercises and playful activities to help autistic children develop everything from social and verbal skills to normal interaction and independence.

Colorado “I am under a lot of pressure to not diagnose PTSD”:

Colorado – Army psychologist Douglas McNinch was inadvertently caught on tape by his patient, “Sgt. X,” explaining that he and other Army clinicians were “being pressured to not diagnose PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] and diagnose anxiety disorder NOS [instead],” and revealing that the Army’s medical boards were rejecting “his diagnoses of PTSD, saying soldiers had not seen enough trauma to have ‘serious PTSD issues’.”

Why the discouragement from correctly diagnosing PTSD? Money, of course.

United States Why is mental illness not mentioned in recent US stories of multiple killings?:

What is missing in each of these reports of recent killings is as any mention of mental illness. What’s the meaning of this hole in the reporting? Why is mental illness something that is unspeakable or is transmuted into its opposite: a man just dealing with unemployment, a man just dealing with infidelity, a man just dealing with the current economic crisis? Meaning, these killers were only dealing with normal problems and nothing else. As a consequence, there is no real difference between the killers and any other person in society. Why this insistence on normality and this resistance to causes that might be medical or biological?

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as long we refuse to take mental health seriously (or treat it scientifically), we will keep wondering why “normal” individuals would do such horrible things.

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President O versus the Special O

March 24, 2009 at 8:55 am | Posted in disability, Politics | Leave a comment

Obama apologizes for Special Olympics comment on The Tonight Show

President Perfect makes a gaffe. This isn’t exactly news since it happened last Friday, and it doesn’t seem like anybody is terribly upset, but I wanted to post aboot it anyways since I like to keep an eye on disability news.

In an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night, United States President Barack Obama told host, Jay Leno, that he had bowled at the White House bowling alley and scored a 129.

“It was like the Special Olympics or something,” the President said.

The Special Olympics is an international organization that promotes self-confidence and social skills for people with intellectual disabilities. It organizes the Special Olympics World Games which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is similar to the Paralympic Games which are for people with physical disabilities.

Even before the taped show was aired, Barack Obama called the chairman of the Special Olympics to apologize. He phoned Timothy Shriver from Air Force One on the way back to Washington, D.C.. Tim Shriver is also the son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the Special Olympics.

“He expressed his disappointment, and he apologized in a way that was very moving. He expressed that he did not intend to humiliate this population,” Shriver said on Friday in an interview on Good Morning America.

“Words hurt, words do matter,” Shriver added. “People with special needs are great athletes and productive citizens.”

The last time I went bowling I won two games against five other people with the scores or 126 and 143. I doubt that either Obama or I would do very well against Kolan McConiughey, “a Special Olympics competitor who has bowled three perfect 300 games, tells TMZ that the Prez has to score a lot higher than 129 to beat him. Kolan says he bowls an average of 266”. McConiughey has challenged Obama to a game on the White House lane. I think Obama should go for it. It would be a great way to show that he respects the mentally disabled and it would bring a lot of attention to the Special Olympics.

The whole thing reminds me of that South Park episode where Cartman pretends to be mentally disabled so that he can win at the events. He ends up getting his fat ass handed to him all day long and almost gets the crap beat oot of him by Jimmy.

BTW, Sarah Palin, who criticized Obama’s remark, recently turned down nearly $40 million for kids with disabilities. I hate you Sarah Palin.

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Robo Suit, Cut for US Vet Suicide Prevention, Epilepsy Awareness, Toyota Inspired Hospitals

March 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Posted in disability, Medical | Leave a comment
  • Israeli company develops a robo suit for paraplegics to walk again:
  • Successful Suicide Prevention Program for U.S. Vets Facing Cuts:
  • Wear Purple on Thursday to Raise Awareness about Epilepsy:

    Founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.

    Why? Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide. That’s more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined.

    Thanks for the tip-off Best Health Blog

  • Vancouver Mobile Van Helps Prostitutes:

    Driving through the night along the seamy streets of Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside, three women in the large van dispense coffee, juice and conversation, along with condoms and clean needles, to sex-trade workers.

    But funding for the Mobile Access Project, which began in 2003 with a converted ambulance, depends on the provincial government and there’s been no promise to renew the money when it runs out at the end of April.

    The Van program is operated by the WISH Drop-in Centre Society.

  • Toyota Efficiency Model Introduced at BC Hospitals:
    Vroom Vroom! Jack me up and don’t forget to check my dipstick!

    At B.C. Women’s Hospital, a Toyota-based five-day workshop was able to reduce by 90 per cent the time from when a new mother is ready to be discharged from the hospital to when she exits the building and heads home. Before the program, the discharge process took an average of 10 hours. Now, it takes about one hour.

    Court-ordered psychiatric patients used to have to wait 10 days to be admitted to a bed. Since the workshop, it’s down to an average of 3 1/2 days.

    At the BC Cancer Agency, staff were able to reduce by 83 per cent the time from when a doctor made a referral to when the patient got in to see a specialist. Before the workshop, the average wait was 42 days. Now, it’s seven.

    The changes cost the system next to nothing.

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HR Victory for Disabled Man, and Denman Street Photos

March 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Posted in disability, Personal | Leave a comment
  • Disabled Man wins Human Rights Case against Vancouver Firm:

    A Vancouver firm has been found guilty of contravening the B.C. Human Rights Code by dismissing a disabled worker in order to prevent his joining a union, which would have protected him against such arbitrary dismissal.

    Apparently the thinking was, we’d better illegally fire him now, or else we won’t be able to illegally fire him later.

  • Times Square Suites:

    I took some pictures of Time Square Suites at the corner of Robson and Denman today while walking. I often see old-timey cars in this area and I got one in one of the shots without even knowing it. Click on images to see larger pictures.

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Interesting Ableism Insight from Pandragon

March 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Posted in disability | 4 Comments
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Pandagon shows some interesting insight about able-bodyism in their post Ableism elevated to high – well, low – art

The comparison is made between parents who don’t want to talk to their children about sex and parents who don’t want to talk about disabled people. The conclusion is basically that these parents are chicken shit and aren’t doing their job.

Q: Mommy, why is that lady on TV missing an arm?

A: Because she was born with only one arm. That happens sometimes.

Really, is that so freakin’ difficult?

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I suppose I may never get it.

April 8, 2007 at 5:33 am | Posted in disability | 2 Comments

Tonight whimsicalzephyr and I attended the Vancouver Dungeon Play Party.

The VDPP takes place at the Carpenters’ Hall in New Westminster. The hall has different levels. Until last month, the socializing area and the BDSM playspace were separated into different levels.

Starting last month there was a new set-up at vancouver dungeon. The socializing area kind of surrounds the BDSM playspace. The socializing area is spread out over more levels. Zephyr and I didn’t go last month, so tonight was the first chance we had to see the new set-up. I was eager to see it because I’ve heard different opinions about whether or not it’s better than before.

I liked it. As a DM I can see a couple of potential problems, not big ones. But this post isn’t about my opinion of the setup. It’s about whimsicalzephyr‘s opinion:

“I hated it. Before, if I wanted to get from one side of the hall to the other, I could just walk across. Now I have to walk down two sets of stairs, across the hall, and up another two sets of stairs. I spent all night walking up and down stairs. If anybody asks me for my opinion, that’s what I’m going to say.”

I was surprised by her response, but what really surprised me was that I was surprised. After two years of seeing Zephyr’s disability every single day I still forget about it. I look down on other people for not taking the disabled into account, but here I am forgetting that not everyone can do what I can do. In spite of a mountain of reminders, I forget.

So … I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going for here with this post at 5:58 am. insight? confession? perspective?

I guess I’ll try to remember this when somebody else fails to take my limitations into account.

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