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


Things I wish someone had told me about Social Care…

Where do you start looking?

Where do you start looking?

Everyone needs a few pointers, especially when the world of Social Care is new to you. Where do you start looking & what does the terminology mean?

This is our first project:  Tips on navigating the Adult Social Care Maze

With your help and expertise we want to write:

  •  Top Tips list
  • Social Care Beginners guide
  • How – to guide for getting best out of services
  • What to do if you hit a brick wall

Are there things you wish you’d known at the beginning that could have made the experience less stressful and more fruitful

Can you help us create a guide that’s informed by experience & isn’t easily available in official guides, but would make the whole process simpler or more rewarding?


Please think about whether you have experience of applying for social care, tell us about the things you discovered while going through the process. What would have made a difference had you known about them from day one?

This could be anything from finding out where your local services are, or how to apply, through to support for Carers or how to change your package once it’s set up…

Nothing is insignificant you’d be surprised how small things might help ease someone else’s experience.

Ways you can get involved:

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Come and join in lets see if together we can make our collective experience make the system work for us…