traveling in new a way
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 27, 2012 3:17 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Mar 21, 2012 4:26 PM
traveling in new a waySo this is my first time on Lonely planet here and I need some advice. I am taking a very special trip this December. I am going from Flagstaff to OKC to the memorial and then to the Florida Keys, Brunswick and Possibly Atlanta GA, Washington DC, New York City, Niagra falls??? and then to Denver and back to Flagstaff. I am wanting to do this trip in a wheelchair to see the world through the eyes of someone wheelchair bound to experience what their travel is like. I have Cerebral palsy and am a little unsteady to begin with but I can usually hold my own and it does not require a wheelchair
First How do I go about finding a travel buddy? Second How do I reach out to this community and be respectful? I would love to play b- ball with some wheelchair bound people but I do not want them to think I am mimicking or making fun of them. ...I want to learn and experience what they experience.
Mar 23, 2012 9:35 AM
1If this is real...First, you could start by "reaching out" to local wheelchair users. They're not exactly as scarce as whooping cranes (which is why I have doubts about your post). Then, you can travel locally in a wheelchair--no need to go cross-country when you've got Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, and Phoenix as nearby possibilities. You could also do some Web searching to find the nearest wheelchair basketball team/league and ask if you could play with them. There may be some legal issues in terms of getting a disability hang tag for a vehicle if you don't already have one as a result of your CP. Furthermore, hang tag abuse can be fined in some jurisdictions--in an era of cell phone cameras and video recorders, are you ready to keep up the wheelchair act at all times? A travel buddy should be last on your priority list.
Mar 25, 2012 1:02 PM
Apr 6, 2012 6:04 AM
3I don't know if OP is trolling, but the idea has been done for documentaries in several contexts. The two that I have personally watched were a documentary in which White's and Black 's were 'painted' to blend into each others communities and see how the others live, and several beautiful newscasters who wore morbidly obese fat suits to see how others interact with them.
Contrary to being in bad taste, it opened the eyes of those people involved and let them see how different the situation was from there preconceived notions and therefore made them more understanding of the others, situations. Like gawkabout, I had a wheelchair bound friend. She HATED how so many people would talk differently to her(possibly down to her) than they would to ambulatory people.
Old Native American proverd Joe552: "Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins"
Apr 6, 2012 6:28 AM
4viaggero, I'd respectfully disagree. If the OP were to occupy parking spots, toilets, etc. that he or she does not need to use, such behavior would be completely inappropriate. People who must rely on wheelchairs or scooters for mobility do not have the option of playing able-bodied for the day while the OP indulges in a personal experiment. There are already documented disabled parking problems in some cities (able-bodied people borrow Grandma's car and tag), which is why I mentioned hang tag abuse.
Apr 6, 2012 7:05 AM
"People who must rely on wheelchairs or scooters for mobility do not have the option of playing able-bodied for the day while the OP indulges in a personal experiment."
American Sign Language is taught at many high schools these days to hearing people. The deaf don't get the option of learning our languages - so. Once a month, my colleagues who teach it have a silent dinner for their students and with deaf people. The reason is so the students can TRULY appreciate what it is like to be deaf.
The OP neither has to break the law nor inconvenience the truly disabled. When parking, he can park in the back (as happens to disabled people when their slots are full), he can use one person restrooms or wear "Depends" when he needs to relieve himself, etc. and still get a better first hand understanding than you or I have.
Personally I wouldn't do it but I don't find his scientific study as offense as you and Joe do - especially if he gets feedback from within that community.
Apr 26, 2012 9:13 PM
Apr 27, 2012 3:17 AM
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