Equality is using a one-size-fits-all solution to everyone’s problems, without responding individually to their needs. Equity is fairness in every situation because every person has different needs. Accommodation is equity, because it is giving each person what he/she needs. So if the powers that be who decided that the city of Asheville needed to provide transportation to anywhere a person needs to go, and Buncombe County only needed to provide medical transportation, limited transportation for shopping, and prepaid (by the person with a disability) vouchers to do any recreational/spiritual activities they choose, is this equity or equality?
I think it was probably an attempt at equity, but it doesn’t feel that way. It feels like it doesn’t give people with disabilities in Buncombe County a fair chance to be part of their world. If they don’t drive, they are screwed. Riding medical transportation, I saw a lot of people with disabilities who lived in the county, even further out than I do. I wondered what they do to participate in the community? Beg rides from neighbors or friends? It’s not always easy to find a ride when you want or need one. It usually has to be at someone else’s convenience. If we are to live independently, we need to be free to be as independent as possible.
Can you tell this is something that “burns my britches”? It needs to be that partnership between nondisabled people and people who are disabled to make things flow as smoothly as it should to get things done. We need people to practice conscious caring.