BuzzFeed video illustrates what “wheelchair struggles actually feel like”

For people that are able-bodied, it can be hard to empathize with how it feels to live in a society that often does not accommodate disabilities. A common example is adjusting to society while using a wheelchair. There are several main connotations associated with using a wheelchair, and there, the conversation ends.

Created by BuzzFeed, the video below attempts to increase the understanding around what it can be like to use a wheelchair. The purpose of the piece is to offer insight in to the perspective of people who use wheelchairs. The short film demonstrates analogies between the struggles that occur as a result of using in a wheelchair in a society that is not always accessible, with what those struggles would seem like for people that don’t use wheelchairs. BuzzFeed addresses issues such as inaccessibility in parks and restaurants, and social situations in which people stop and stare at people with disabilities. Navigating stairs while using a wheelchair is compared to climbing a rock wall, and going down a steep hill is compared to facing a cliff.

What do you think of the video? Are the comparisons accurate or off-base?

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.