Does your geographical location make a difference?

This is me with my two youngest, test driving a superlightweight Xenon w/chair made by Quickie
This is me with my two youngest, test driving a super lightweight Xenon w/chair made by Quickie

 

Here’s a question for you: Does it matter where you live? 

If you live in London, or any other city, do you have more opportunities to associate with other disabled people? Are there more activities for the disabled community because city based opportunities get more funding?

Therefore are you worse off if you live in a small town?

I live in Poole and there are apparently little or no opportunities to do things for the disabled. I may not have looked hard enough, but again isn’t that the point? Why should I have to search out opportunities!?

I am looking for a hobby, so that if and when I am able to get out, I can meet up with likeminded individuals and make new friends and have some fun.

But there isn’t anything.

So what’s your experience?

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6 thoughts on “Does your geographical location make a difference?

  1. All I can say to your heading photo is LOL ! I love it ! “Want my space? Take my disability!” Love it ! Did you come up with it by yourself?

    I in South Australia and live in a little / large / ish Town. We have NO opportunities for the disabled here…. I get invites to a city thats a 4 / 5 hour drive away and have no way to get there… helpful huh??

    As for funding? What funding? There isn’t any !! Typical, any where but here is helpful ! Ahhh wish there was more help for those who are in wheelchairs ! I’ve been trying to get a job since I was 16, i’m now 23 and never have had a job interview… Must be doing something wrong?

    Cyanne x

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    1. The pic is me with my two youngest getting out of the house for the first time in 18 months, they were a little excited and happy!!!

      Yes, the whole “Want My Space? – Take My disability!” was the clean version of something I said to a rather ignorant person, who I guess I should thank!

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  2. I live in SW Northumberland, most groups I have seen/heard of (either for my specific illness or those in the same category) tend to be based in or around Tyne and Wear, (Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland) and as much as it’s not that far to drive, with both school run and nursery runs to do most days, I don’t often have a spare hour or so to spend travelling as well as the time it takes meeting up with people. Often the groups I see advertised locally are aimed at mothers/toddlers, the elderly or as one of the comments above mentioned, people with more severe disabilities or SEN. As much as I have no problems meeting up with and chatting to anyone, unfortunately I find often I have little to nothing in common with them. I did attend a fathers group but unfortunately everyone apart from me, all seemed pretty fit and healthy and I ended up sitting on my own most weeks playing with my kids while they all chatted with one another.
    To be honest, my hobby is gaming and therefore I don’t really need to leave the house to catch up with my hobby or those with the same hobby but it would be nice to meet up with those in a similar predicament, a parent with an invisible illness.

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  3. I’m in Newport. There is nothing here aimed at people with the kind of physical disability I have. I have severe problems with pain, mobility and fatigue – apparently (though i cant remember where i saw this stat) something like 80% of wheelchair users are not paralysed, yet this is how society views wheelchair users. Anyway, off my soapbox 😀

    In total here are the things i have seen…
    – There are autism screenings at the cinema, but for kids films only
    – Disability related swimming groups are either aimed at those with SEN, or people who are paralysed/missing limbs
    – Any disability related sport is again aimed at those who are paralysed or have missing limbs.
    – The only ‘social’ stuff is aimed at elderly people.

    My husband has noticed similar, the only help for carers is for those looking after the elderly – he was even at one point told he isnt a carer for the help he gives me!!

    Luckily, I’m quite happy at home with the kids and the internet for company 🙂

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  4. Most definitely dependent on geography. I was born in Doncaster and didn’t realise how good the provision of facilities, access etc was (comparatively) until I moved to Cornwall 8 years ago. Access, housing, attitudes are all much worse down here than South Yorkshire. I believe it begins with attitudes, if people are ill-educated regarding disability, or have not had the opportunity to associate with disabled people then there is a ripple effect throughout that geographical area. From language through to housing provision and job prospects, the chances for disabled people to have the same opportunities as non-dp are going to be restricted to a greater or lesser extent. We all have a role to play in improving this. While I agree with your point about not having to search out opportunities, the fact is that there is a need to improve local awareness, and if not you, then who? However, I do believe we have a right to expect a high standard of awareness, it’s 2015 ffs! so 1960s levels of awareness are simply not on. So we should hold local authorities to a high standard and demand that a high bar is set for them from the outset.

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  5. It took 6 months for the OT to accept I am in a wheelchair and other than finally being given a ground floor flat (13 months after going into the chair) I have had no help at all. The only groups etc I see info about are for people in residential homes so haven’t even had a chance to meet up with other disabled people. I am in SE London so it would also seem to depend on the borough as well as the city.

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