OTHERS

Upgrading Accessibility

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Mary F

Defining accessibility

Hi! My name is Mary. I am 41 years old and I have spastic hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. I was adopted from Beirut, Lebanon at the age of ten months. I wasn’t diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy until the age of 2. The doctors told my mother to lock me away and that I would amount to nothing. Thankfully, she didn’t listen. I remember telling her at a very young age that my life’s mission was to speak up for those who couldn’t. It’s a mission I’ve carried into adulthood. That’s why I started a movement called @upgradeaccessibility. Doing the bare minimum to comply with accessibility laws is not enough. Ramps should not be poorly constructed or placed at backdoors. Bathroom stalls should have ample room to accommodate a wheelchair user. There’s so much work to be done, but this is my mission and I’m going to ensure it will be accomplished.

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