"Wheelchair-eye View Of Cardiff"
November 26, 2003
CARDIFF, WALES--BBC News Online recently asked Damian Chick, a 21-year-old student at University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), to spend some time wandering Cardiff and give his impression of what Wales' capital is like for young people with disabilities.
Chick wrote that there have been improvements in accessibility, but that much more needs to be done. Some classrooms at the university and most bars in town, for example, are not accessible to Chick, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.
What may be more frustrating, however, are the attitudes that some people without disabilities continue to have.
"I do not think that people always realize how irritating their use of language and well-meaning gestures can be," Chick wrote.
"For instance, imagine being patted on the head and your personal assistant/carer told: 'It is nice to see them out,' and that the person accompanying you deserves a medal."
"I didn't know what it felt like to be a lap dog until that happened to me."
"Wheelchair-eye view of Cardiff" (BBC News Online)