Another #AntiAbleistComposition feature for today is a set of essays on embodiment and movement by Dr. Jennifer Lin LeMesurier. Dr. LeMesurier is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. She has previously taught at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington.
“Access means everything! Typically, architects tend to only consider those who are able bodied and do the bare minimum to make sure the buildings don’t violate the ADA. But there is so much more that needs to be considered. Society is used to making our daily surroundings look “normal.” However, steps are not the norm for some! For some, steps are a barrier. Something as simple as the bathroom is even a barrier, especially when you can’t fit your motorized chair, your service animal or even go through your monthly cycle because the space was not built to fit you. Classrooms have to change! Bathrooms have to change! Daily spaces that should incorporate everyone have to change! Access is happiness, and it begins with an A because it comes first and it signifies all.”