Crip Buzz: August 2013

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DIY Politics
If you can’t beat city hall, build a ramp up to it. That’s what paraplegic Samuel Nobile de Oliveira, 41, decided to do after his city, Juína, Brazil, kept dragging its heels. When asked why, Oliveira said he had the day off and was tired of waiting.

After this photo went viral, the town’s mayor, Hermes Bergamim, said this: “I apologize to all disabled by the situations and constraints. We will take appropriate action in the city so this does not happen anymore.”

On a Rant: I Don’t Move For Baby Strollers
I love babies just as much as the next person, but I despise the privileged attitude of folks with baby strollers on public transportation.

Unfortunately, many people with baby strollers who use public transit feel entitled to use the priority seating, not bothering to collapse their strollers. Some even have the nerve to expect a senior or person in a wheelchair to give up their seat to them, giving them baleful looks and muttering under their breath when, of course, they don’t.

There are signs on practically every bus [here in Denver] warning passengers with strollers that they must be prepared to collapse them on crowded buses or if a senior or disabled person boards. These signs are in English and Spanish. Also, there are pamphlets further detailing the rules, including size restrictions and alternatives to strollers.

With all this in place, you’d think folks would know better, but no — they prefer to argue with the bus driver, rather than be considerate of their fellow passengers.

So, if you want to avoid hassles with me about strollers, follow the rules—collapse them, especially when the bus is crowded, be prepared to move when a senior or disabled passenger boards, and in the name of decency, don’t ask us to move for you!

Now, let’s talk about your cute little baby.
—­ ­Anita Cameron, www.themobilityresource.com

“Crip is Hip.” That’s the message behind a new beer brewed as part of an awareness campaign by Gothenburg Cooperative for Independent Living in Sweden. The Belgian-brewed beer is named CP, as in cerebral palsy, in an attempt to reclaim a term that’s been used as an insult among Swedes.

“Crip is Hip.” That’s the message behind a new beer brewed as part of an awareness campaign by Gothenburg Cooperative for Independent Living in Sweden. The Belgian-brewed beer is named CP, as in cerebral palsy, in an attempt to reclaim a term that’s been used as an insult among Swedes.

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