Blogging is considered a relatively new concept, but if you really think about it, people have been writing about their opinion for a long, long time. I admit, the form has changed but in essence it’s still the same. Why am I talking about blogging while blogging? Because this week we have a little insight into travel from the point of view of blogger Sarah in Wonderland! (Who just so happens to use a wheelchair).
Sarah is originally from Liverpool and she writes about all things beauty, lifestyle and disability. Her blog provides a valuable insight that proves just how relatable her life is. I myself relate particularly to one line from her page; ‘If I’m not writing, tormenting my boyfriend or on the phone to my best friend, I’m either shopping, watching a TV show or asleep.’ Sarah removes the stigma surrounding disability and talks about it openly and unapologetically.
Some time ago I sent Sarah a number of questions regarding driving with a disability and here are her answers:
- How old are you?
- Do you drive? If so, how long have you been driving?
Sarah: Yes, I’ve been driving for 11 years
- Are you aware of car adaptations for people with specific needs?
Sarah: I am
- Do you have any adaptations installed to your car so it’s better suited to you?
Sarah: No, I drive an automatic
- What other means of travel do you use? Is the service helpful enough?
Sarah: I travel via train every few months and have had numerous problems, mainly my assistance not showing up with a ramp to help me exit the train.
- Have you faced discrimination while on the road or using public transport?
- Were you educated in school about options available in regards to mobility for disabled users?
Sarah: No, I had no idea I could learn to drive at 16.
- What would you suggest to your local council/government to implement change when it comes to education about disabled mobility or travelling in general?
Sarah: I think there needs to be more disability awareness in schools. Disabled pupils should know about all their options and adaptations available to them. I had no idea until I researched it myself.
As you can see from Sarah’s answers, education is a must when it comes to disability awareness. For too long the British Education System has ignored disabled children when it comes to teaching them their options. Since the Equality Act in 2010, it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against someone due to disability, but many children still feel a disadvantage because of their bodies, there needs to be more encouragement for children with disabilities so that they don’t feel inferior. Since the Equality Act, it is against the law for a school or other educational provider to treat disabled students unfavourably. Staff and teachers need to realise the potential of all children, not just those who are able bodied.