One of the difficult things about twitter is condensing ideas down to a short sentence or two. As a result, topics for #AbilityChat get a little muddled sometimes.
Next week’s topic is Retail Available Accommodations.
Now that I work part-time in a craft store, I’ve been asked a couple of times if we carry specific products that make fine motor tasks easier for people who have a hard time using their hands. I had to answer with a no both times. Although we carry a huge selection of craft related things, very few of them are disability friendly.
The only ones I can think of off the top of my head are the paint brushes with built in grips and maybe the triangular crayons Crayola sells.
Yes, the store follows ADA guidelines, but those guidelines do not apply to what merchandise is carried.
So, I got to thinking, what types of things do people with various disabilities purchase to make their lives easier? Virtually nothing in the mainstream business world is marketed with disability in mind, so that leaves those with cognitive, physical, sensory and other disabilities in a bind.
We need to get creative with what we purchase, especially when we’re already more likely to earn less than our abled/NT counterparts.
That’s why I’d like to chat about it. I have things that I use to accommodate for my cognitive challenges that are in no way marketed to people with learning disabilities, and I’m sure people with physical disabilities use tools readily available in stores in ways manufacturers wouldn’t have thought of.
Do any of my readers have questions they’d like asked? If so, leave a comment below or shoot me a tweet at @EmiliePeck.
This #AbilityChat will happen on Wednesday at 7 pm CST.