|"At times, it feels as if the disability rights movement won", Jan Grue writes for The Guardian. The advances that have been made in recent decades have been significant and life-changing. However, it is undeniable that the lived experiences of people with disabilities face many more obstacles than people without.
Jan describes in detail how she and her son have learned to navigate the high bolt on the playground fence, the intricate shifting of balance, the joint effort and wheelchair operations it involves.
Such a simple, thoughtless act for many is a complex operation for Jan.
|The UN Convention On the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was first signed in 2007 with the vision that disabled people should be able to participate fully in society.
What this mean in reality, Jan digs into.
She comes up against countless barriers in her day-to-day movements, navigating a world that was not built for non-walking people. So she asks herself: "what does the utopian city look like, the one in which I participate 'on an equal basis with others?'".
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