Hitlerdog meme. This must be useful to someone.
Image description – puppy that looks a it like Hitler with words “Hitler Dog is sad because he does not endorse facist ideology
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Sort of a “Hey Mickey” Indian Bollywood pop song with people in bad animal costumes. LISTEN ON HIGH VOLUME
Also someone on fb did a comparison with the images on the Toni Basil song
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Hi! I’m an OT student and one of our assignments is apparently to get in a wheelchair for two days. I’ve heard about those kinds of projects and they really seem disrespectful to me, like appropriation. But since I don’t use a wheelchair, I don’t really know – that’s why I thought I should ask. So what is your take on this assignment? Is it offensive for someone who is not physically disabled to “test out” using a wheelchair, and why?
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TL;DR- A post all about writing image descriptions on…
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Nike designed a sneaker for people with disabilities
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New disability gadget design called a “Nimble”. Cuts open packaging but will…
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Tips for First Time Wheelchair Pushers
(this is a REBLOG from the awesome and highly recommended Latentexistence blog)
“Today my sister used a wheelchair for the first time. (We share the same inherited mitochondrial condition.) Her husband has little experience of pushing a wheelchair so I tried to give him some tips, which resulted in what I have written below. Believe it or not there is actually some skill involved in pushing a wheelchair and keeping the person in it comfortable. These are just observations from my own experience of being in a wheelchair pushed by someone else, but everyone is different. If you’re pushing a wheelchair for someone new then you should ask them if they have any preferences.
- Communicate. Ask if there’s anything you need to know first. NEVER touch or move a wheelchair without permission.
- Don’t overshoot checkouts and reception desks. If you are level, your passenger has gone too far past it.
- Don’t bump your passenger’s feet into people, objects or walls. Particularly in lifts.
- Don’t follow anyone too closely. (See previous point.) Your passenger is closer to them than you are, and seeing backsides that close gets tedious.
- Watch out for oddly sloping pavements, especially near dropped kerbs. The wheelchair WILL veer sideways into traffic if you are not careful.
- Look ahead for bumps. Dropped kerbs are often not dropped very much. Be prepared to walk a long way around via the road.
- Always approach bumps straight on. If you are not straight, stop and turn first.
- It can be easier to go backwards over bumps if the wheelchair has large wheels.
- Pay attention to the surface you travel over and take the smoother path. Cobbles can be painful or tiring for someone in a wheelchair.
- Don’t let the wheelchair run out of control. Consider taking slopes backwards so you can hold back the wheelchair. CHECK FIRST!
- If your passenger says stop, STOP immediately. (And, indeed, follow other instructions – see comments on original post.)
- Try going through heavy doors backwards so you can push the door with your body.
- Some wheelchairs have brakes operated by the passenger. Never assume that those brakes are on or off, always check.
- If someone speaks to you when they should speak to your passenger, tell them so.
- Be forgiving of your passenger. They have no control and that may make them grumpy. Wheelchair users: be aware that you might be shouting at your assistant more than you realise.
- If you’re pushing a wheelchair very far then you’ll probably want to get some gloves.
Thanks to @knitswift, @chmasu, @missnfranchised, @lisybabe on twitter”
Added tips of my own (my wife and I traveled for 3 months around Australia with a backpack and a manual chair and often use a manual chair on holidays)
– IN ALL CASES DISCUSS THESE TIPS WITH THE WHEELCHAIR USER FIRST –
these might also be considered ‘advanced’
a) If you will be pushing for a while try and get the handles adjusted so they are the correct height for you, it is much better for your back.
b) Make sure the handle grips are secure and are not coming off or unscrewing.
c) Bulky bags hanging off the back can make the pusher ‘stoop’ over them, again not good for the back. Weight on the back can change the likelihood of the chair tipping over. Be aware of the dangers.
d) Leaning the chair back slightly while pushing can make it less bumpy for the passenger and easier to push. This is because inflatable back wheels are smoother than the fixed hard ones at the front suspension-wise. Similarly, tipping back very slightly when you go over bumps, manhole covers etc makes it less jarring
e) It is easier to pull backwards on sand and other less firm surfaces, rather than push. By the sea, get down to the water’s edge where the sand is firm or look for the wooden boarded walkways.
e) If you HAVE to go down steps in a manual chair, you need to be strong and confident. If someone offers to help,
Either: tilt the chair back, get the other person to stand in front of the chair and steady the front wheels. Tell them NOT TO LIFT THE CHAIR at the front. Lifting it is unnecessary and this makes it very hard on your back rather than rolling down one step at a time. Rest or pause after each step.
Or: If you are on your own it is better to go backwards. Take one step at a time and pause between each. Don’t attempt more than 3-4 steps.
Obviously this is dangerous but sometimes it is unavoidable.
f) Going down steep slopes is difficult as you do not want the chair to ‘run away with you’. Go slowly in a ZIG ZAG PATTERN. This makes it less steep and you can turn pause to rest by turning the chair sideways to stop it rolling with gravity. Going backwards is also safer as mentioned above.
g) Keep well clear of the edge of the kerbs, avoid running over grills, glass, look out for mess on the pavement!
h) Get into the habit of always putting the brakes on whenever the chair is stationary.
f) Wear solid footwear with good grips, if you slide so will your companion! Be wary of sandy or stony slopes where you may slip.
g) As well as wheelchair signs, look out for signs aimed at pushchair users. Never use revolving doors at hotels. Ramps and slopes are often at the side of hotels or older buildings.
h) Ask in shops with poor access if they have ramps. Sometimes they have portable ones. Just asking may encourage them to buy one or make changes or mention it to management.
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