Saturday, January 24, 2015

how the visual material reflects ableism.

Braille tile is used in public areas for a safe walk for the visual impairment. It is designed and deployed to enhance the outdoor activity experience of visual impairment, however the braille tile in the picture was truly a “hurdle and barrier” for people with disabilities. Such barriers not only lose its function of this facility, more seriously, but also lead people with disabilities towards hurting themselves. It shows little respect on people with disabilities, and people with disabilities who are used to rely on those facilities in the community may lose confidence about walking outside. It might make their daily life more difficult and inaccessible.

In the contemporary society, it becomes rare that the companies discriminate people according to their race, gender and language. However, the problem that finding a job may be difficult for people with disabilities remains unsolved. Although not that serious as before, this kind of situation may have become "invisible discrimination”. Even if they have the same set of skills, some companies won’t choose those people with disabilities in the most of time. This is unfair for the job seeking of people with disabilities, but there will be the many reasons presented while rejecting to give you the job offer  which has nothing to do with your physical condition to make their decision more “legal”.

1 comment:

  1. How do you think it happened that they were trying to be accessible, and wound up creating barriers? What should they have done instead?