Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “A Tale of Inaccessibility at ODU: Our Manifesto” by Ruth Osorio alongside her students at Old Dominion University.
From the essay:
“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.”