I’m going to get a bit spiritual here. This is my own story, not intended to offend someone else. There’s a Scripture passage where four men take a paralyzed man to Jesus. They couldn’t get through the door, so they lowered him from the roof to get him there.
That’s one of the more creative accommodations I’ve ever heard of to facilitate the inclusion of someone with a disability. It was the partnership between disabled and non-disabled people that made it possible for that accommodation possible.
Do any of you find that you need a creative solution to a problem you’re facing that makes it hard for you to be part of your chosen community or chosen activities? Are you frustrated because you feel like no one can or will help you? Are you banging on a brick wall trying to find a way? That’s a special kind of creativity that requires the same commitment and persistence that creating a book or work of art or piece of music does.
Sometimes accommodations need to be created out of nothing. That’s what I find. I live in the county surrounding the small city of Asheville, NC. The city itself gets access to paratransit for any purpose. People can ride it to church, work, and social activities. Since I live outside those city limits, I can’t access the paratransit. Even though there’s no rhyme or reason to the shape of the city, and the township I live in is considered to be 4 miles outside Asheville.
There needs to be new creative accommodations that provide not equality, but equity in opportunities. I’ll talk more about the difference between equity and equality tomorrow.