Posts by Chelle Hope

  • Access: Reaching out, in reply to WaterDragon,

    Thanks very much. I think the best thing about writing this, aside from being allowed to be totally honest, is finding out people can relate to it. It’s not great that there are others who feel the same or who have experienced similar but it helps me to know people might take something from it.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 53 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Reaching out, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Ok, great. Thanks very much.

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  • Access: Reaching out, in reply to Katie,

    Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and thoughtful reply.

    While disability encompasses so many diverse experiences, there are common threads that many of us can empathise with as you’ve demonstrated. In my research so far I’ve found that people with disabilities are also taught from young to distance themselves from others with disabilities, as I was, which is not ideal and I would think must lead to further isolation.

    I haven’t quite figured out how to make the internet work for me in a positive way but I’m working on it. Like many others, in recent years I’ve found social media to be such a toxic environment that any benefit is outweighed by quite a cost to my mental health. It can be a tricky thing to manage. I used to find it a great tool for connection so I’m thinking through ways to get back to making it a positive thing in my life again.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 53 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Reaching out, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Actually... I’ll get in touch quite soon if that’s ok. Thinking about it, it’d be good to plan a bit well in advance for interviews, especially while I have some time on my hands. There’s no harm in talking and thinking about it. I’ll email you when I have my thoughts together.

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  • Access: Reaching out, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Oh, it’s not the PhD at all that’s the tough bit of my life right now. It’s everything else that’s getting in the way of me working on it properly and also just life in general. Having to take a break is not ideal because it’s the only thing in my life I’m enjoying. I’m nowhere near looking at organising interviews yet but I have some ideas. I’m probably looking at doing interviews in my second year I think. It’s only a component of my research. I’ll get in touch closer to the time though, thanks.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 53 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Reaching out,

    Thanks Hilary. I’m already better than I was but it’s not a fun time. There’s some stuff I need to sort out before I might feel like I have my head above water again but I think I’m heading in the right direction.

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  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    There do need to be more facilities for parents with children. More parents’ rooms and/or unisex facilities with room enough to assist children would be good.

    I would really like to see people being more considerate, though. The vast majority of people I see using accessible bathrooms exit all apologies with no good reason for being in there.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 53 posts Report Reply

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Good, because you are one of the people I’d hoped to talk to about it. 😂 My email is: scritch.blog@gmail.com if you’d like to flick me a message and then I can go into some detail,

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 53 posts Report Reply

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to Anita Easton,

    I have actually noticed that even for me some loos, like the ones at my local gym, could ALL be made different levels of accessible depending on my needs at the time. I can get my wheelchair in and out of all of them. I’ve even said as much to a friend. I need to summon up the courage to talk to them about doing this. Not just for me but for others with varying access needs and not just to free up that one fully accessible bathroom but so that if it is taken, some of us have options.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 53 posts Report Reply

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to daleaway,

    Thanks very much. Yes, agree wholeheartedly with everything you've said. I feel for parents with their little ones. There need to be better facilities for everybody. I have noticed more dedicated parents' rooms alongside accessible bathrooms but only really in publicly owned buildings in bigger cities. I think we would all be much better served if there was a decent subsidy or some other incentive for business owners to make their bathrooms more accessible to everyone. Equally though, I'd like to see more business owners meet their current responsibilities.

    I've had this problem in hospitals and GP clinics myself. I'm sure some bathrooms have an access sticker on them when they surely cannot meet regulations. If they do comply, the regulations might need tweaking. I don't have a large wheelchair and I can't get it into some apparently accessible bathrooms.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 53 posts Report Reply

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