Hello, reader. How you doing? I was at a disability justice workshop, which I loved. In a quiet moment, they asked us to list our access needs. It was fun, and I wrote a lot.
Reading over what I wrote, I notice three main categories. I’d like to show my list to you.
Maybe you could learn about me or other disabled friends by seeing it spelled out, what our access needs could be. Or maybe you could learn about yourself.
This is not a complete list but still helpful!
quiet–headphones, place to retreat and close the door, to be alone or with Ming
not to be bumped, my chair not to be bumped, not to be scared of being bumped
shoes–especially in chicken coops
not to wear a bra
soft, nonrestrictive clothings without harsh tags or seams
not to be interrupted, especially in stressful conversations / meetings
to be called by a name that’s ok with me
exits available and within view
knowing what’s going to happen, or at least meeting structure
understanding norms and what’s appropriate in a space
Ming present for medical appointments
kindness to Ming
need to know who people are because face blindness
defined how long I’m going to be somewhere
physical and mobility needs
protein with any meal
no dairy–lots of dietary needs, really
three to four meals a day, plus snack
lotsa delicious clean water
indoor home–proper temperature
downtime, rest, much sleep
not to walk very far
not to stand very long
trikes not bikes
toilet for bathrooming
no cigarette smoke to breathe
air at 4000 ft elevation or lower
handrail, clear steps
What are your access needs? Do you like to talk about it? I love telling the truth.
Ming was at the same disability justice event. Here’s his list. It’s funny we both specified good temperature. We have a lot in common.