(Hosted & Produced by Marlon “Shymar” Molinos)
The View from Chair Level is a talk show that discusses various topics from the viewpoint of Marlon Molinos an individual living with Cerebral Palsy since birth. The goal of this show is to inspire everyone to look past your limitations and find creative ways to accomplish your daily goals. A free mind is limitless, and you are the only one that sets your own limits.
Featured Song: Brian McKnight - Win
The disabled have difficulties in accessing various facilities. They cannot easily maneuver due to the discriminatory manner buildings were built. Even where some buildings have provisions for wheelchairs, disabled persons may require additional assistance to maneuver. They also suffer challenges when using public transport which is the most affordable transport for them. Some operators shun the disabled as they do not cater for the space to accommodate the wheelchair even where it is foldable. The way the vehicles are designed also make it difficult for the disabled to board the vehicles.
Before considering suing as that should be the final option, it is always best to discuss with the business or individual what your issues were and if there was a way for you to be accommodated. Life is too short to cause such harm to the individual so show them the law and explain it, so they understand what needs to be fixed to be accessible.
Response: Time has come a long way with the help of the ADA. It has been required by law to provide accessibility to buildings, public restrooms, and vehicles used for public transportation no exceptions. Any business or individual who doesn’t follow is in violation and can be sued by the individual for noncompliance. Suing someone is the last step that you should take when dealing with a noncompliant individual or business. Most of the time, most businesses will comply by making some reasonable accommodations so that the individual can be involved or use the establishment. This does not excuse the business or individual for not being in compliance with the ADA. If the business, or individual serves the public; they must ensure that they are in compliance.
Use of modern and rural toilets (Blair) is also a challenge. Some disabled are unable to sit comfortably and some have to be escorted to the toilet or some have to feel the dirty toilet pans through touching to ensure they are in the right place.
The unavailability of the appliances e.g. wheelchairs and artificial limbs result in some disabled having to crawl or being carried on the back in order for them to be move from one place to another.
Response: it's sad but true. Individuals who are blind must feel their way around their environment to make a mental map of their location. Having to touch the rim of the toilet to ensure that they sit on it properly is something that is unavoidable. Having a disability, no matter what it is, require some sort of dependency on other people. It's true that the ultimate goal is for us to feel independent, but the truth of the matter is; is that the fight for accessibility in regard to be fully accessible environment is just a dream at the moment. Not to say that this dream won't come true, but we are still a long way to go.
Disable persons cannot successfully participate in sporting activities effectively. Their talents are never realized because there is little opportunities to participate at all levels. Those who may have been luckily identified will have to access special appliances or facilities in order to participate. Most of the appliances come dear and facilities expensive to maintain. Considering their poor economic status, it becomes a pipe dream.
Response: I can relate to some extent about it being a pipe dream, but in recent years that dream has become more real than just a dream thanks again to the ADA. More and more activities have been made readily accessible to people with disabilities. There have also been some programs that are specialized for specific disabilities, so that those affected with a particular disability such as cerebral palsy like myself are able to participate and be active.
Marlon Molinos – "it doesn't matter how a disability or situation is acquired. What matters is how you overcome, survive, and thrive with it."
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