One Woman Went To Work! #BADD13

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This is a belated Blogging Against Disablism Day, blog post…

Getting to work is something many take for granted; it can be a bind, and if you rely on public transport it will have all manner of annoyances; Will the bus be on time?  Will I get a seat?

If your disabled the daily commute often comes with many other considerations, this blog  is about one woman’s commute to work – using photographs to illustrate the kind of barriers she faces that an able bodied commuter might not even have to think about.

We have a Pinterest account, and this blog launches our “Barriers to Life “ Project – send us photos of the physical barriers you face in daily life – whether its going to work, socializing or getting to appointments.  We want to use this to illustrate the physical barriers people have to living – and how we could work with Planners, Landscape Architects and Local Authorities in creating an urban landscape that we can all enjoy.

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My Day at Work

  My drive    gate to bus stop

View from my front door to my gate (exactly 20 meters)…  From my gate to the bus stop; I’m lucky I have one right outside my gate (approx 50 meters, from my door)

My bus to work     internal view of my bus to work

This is one of the buses i have to get, some are accessible this one is not…

Bust stop nearest work    Looking back up to the bus stop

View from the bus stop nearest to work…  I work in the building on the right, but the entrance is right at the bottom of that row of cars on the right…

The second pic is a view back up the road to the bus stop where I got off, up by the catholic church building you can just see in the distance.

End of road looking up at my work   Main entrance stairs

View from that corner up towards the college entrance…  View of the Main entrance…  Hmmm…

Looking for the disabled entrance  Back entrance to the College

View past the main entrance to the disabled entrance; if you look really hard there is a person standing high up the hill, on the right way past the salt bucket, he’s at the disabled entrance…  Next view the disabled and back entrance to the college (back entrance… dont go there) notice you can just make out some blue metal work on the right, that’s the entrance to the engineering workshops, keep it in mind it will be important later…

Down the hill to the disabled entrance    Disabled Entrance

Through the gate and down the hill is the disabled entrance…

Through the doors    Main entrance from inside

Through the doors, heavy and not power assisted double doors…  Leads us to…  The main entrance…  Phew…

round the corner    Double doors

Round the corner through two more heavy doors…

my class room

To my class room door, on the right… thank god the canteen is straight through those double doors…  I need a cup of tea!!!

All is well… until I need to go up to the computer rooms or use the photocopier; that is upstairs on the first floor…

Then I have to…

Back to the main entrance     Main entrance lobby

Come back through the doors, cross the lobby by the entrance and…


Go up two fights of stairs… I have to make sure I can manage this by giving myself enough time to take it really slowly, because there is no lift!

A wheelchair user would have to…

Main entrance lobbyDisabled Entrance

Come out of the disabled entrance…

Up the hill to the disabled entranceBack entrance to the College

Come back up the hill to those two blue pieces of metal outside the engineering workshop I told you to remember earlier… This is the disabled entrance to the first floor…  Through the engineering workshop…

Engineering room    =Up stairs corridor

A view through the engineering workshop door to the road out side you have to come through here to access the first floor…  And yeah a ramp down the steps that leads to the media room…

Up Stairs Corridor     Fire Door

The ramp leads to the media room and others and eventually to the fire door and the fire exit for the first floor…

Fire Exit    View through the fire exit door

Shame there’s two steps to negotiate…

So that’s work… But how do I get home?

Looking back up to the bus stop    View down the hill

Back outside and to the corner where I started, where I cross the road and to my nearest bus stop which is right at the bottom of this hill…

Bottom of the Hill    Town

Looking back up the hill to the college…  From here I just have to cross the moor.…  our town centre…

View across the street    Looking for the bus stop home

I need to cross the three roads to get across to those shops over there…  At last just down by that Taxi pulling out is my bus stop…

If I had the energy to get to it…  I get a taxi home from the college…  My trip to work, around work and home makes a mockery of the 50 meter rule let a lone the 20meter rule… being able to walk such short distances has little or nothing to do with the reality of working when you dont have a car and some times even if you do… I can only manage this trip once a week as it utterly exhausts me and it takes days for me to recover.  I do it because I love my job and the people that I teach… It cost so much in taxi fares there is little to no financial incentive to do it. This is what I use some of My DLA for and I dont get Mobility Allowance.

The point here is, this is not an example of bad accessibility, this is an example of acceptable accessibility…  But acceptable to who…  and if an able bodied person had to put up with that kind of access, going outside in all weathers to be able to get to class, we would have heard a lot more about, Accessibility.

 Link:  Access to Work


14 thoughts on “One Woman Went To Work! #BADD13

  1. Are you aware of Access to Work, which isn’t linked to DLA or means tested benefits, and will fund things like taxis to and from work?

  2. Imagine this journey in the wet, snowy or icy conditions. Getting to work on one of those days is a complete no no for the lady. She struggles as it is, but this is not just a route to work, this is an obstacle course. As a wheelchair user I would not be able to access anywhere, as the pictures show.
    I bet this lady is not alone, you can bet many thousands of disabled people have to face similar problems going to work, shopping etc.
    Access For All? Don’t make me laugh!

    • Yes, this is what we want to high light with our ‘Barriers to Life’ project on pintrest pictures tell a thousand words and like the story says this is acceptable access!… Dxxx

  3. Your post shows that a picture is really worth a thousand words! Thanks for highlighting access issues and also showing what wheelchair users would have to do.

    My university was this way; disabled potential students who visited the campus gave up before applying. Those who worked/attended there and then became disabled had quite some ground to navigate. Asked the administrators to go around campus with me so I could show them but they wouldn’t.

    • It is a problem that limiting access to, acceptable to non disabled people, happens all the time… frustrating and needs highlighting… this is why the barriers to life is a photo project thanks for commenting its since to get feedback and have other peoples voices in on the debate… Dxxx

  4. What a brilliant article – a picture paints a thousand words, and it gives a new sense of the challenges faced on a daily basis by disabled people that less-disabled people would never normally get. I trust you won’t mind if I reblog!

  5. Reblogged this on The SKWAWKBOX Blog and commented:
    Came across a very excellent blog this morning for anyone interested in disability issues – and this post is simply brilliant, in my opinion, using photos to get across something of the daily reality faced by disabled people . Please take a look.

  6. When the Disability Discrimination Act came in in 1995, I hoped it would put an end to all of this, how naive of me, I worked until fairly recently in a council building (opened in 2004) where, although it had disabled access and lifts, moving along the corridors was virtually impossible for anyone in a wheelchair (and with other disabilities) without help. There were heavy fire doors along these corridors with no means of opening them except for handles which were quite high up and the doors themselves were very heavy. Although I am not disabled I regularly queried (with senior management) why access to the building was limited this way but never got a satisfactory answer. The council (Wigan) were more concerned about ticking boxes and getting through inspections than actually helping disabled people.

    The bottom line is that there is no such thing as Access for All and no one is doing anything about it

  7. This is a brilliant post. I’m amazed the college you work for gets away with this kind of non accessibility. I work at a university supporting a lecturer who’s blind and I have some mobility issues myself. We work on the 2nd floor and without the lift we’d be in trouble. There’s also a wheelchair user on our floor. When the lift broke down a few months ago he was stranded up there and couldn’t get to his class or leave the building to go home until 6pm.

    • It is amazing they have got away with it for so long, however the news on the grape vine is that have just secured funding for a major re build to
      Provide accessibility to the front of the building. So I’ll do an update if that happens. Dxxx

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