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Old 08-08-2009, 12:43 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Default Disabled Friendly countries?

I wanted to visit my sister in Japan, but besides the expense issue she says most things there aren't very handicapped accessible.

What countries are best on the disabled? Accessibility being the main thing, including accessible apartments or homes, but maybe also job access. I'll probably never live overseas, but if I ever get the opportunity I'd like to know what would be good.

(Seeing as we're doing gay-friendly, African-American friendly, etc)
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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I wanted to visit my sister in Japan, but besides the expense issue she says most things there aren't very handicapped accessible.

What countries are best on the disabled? Accessibility being the main thing, including accessible apartments or homes, but maybe also job access. I'll probably never live overseas, but if I ever get the opportunity I'd like to know what would be good.

(Seeing as we're doing gay-friendly, African-American friendly, etc)
Well...America definitely is! As far other countries I have not been to that many...but no matter where you live, you could always make a house accessible and most buildings probably have elevators...so in that aspect one should be alright. Are you referring to bathrooms and parking spots and things like that? One thing I will say about elevators...at least in Italy, they are very small.
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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I wanted to visit my sister in Japan, but besides the expense issue she says most things there aren't very handicapped accessible.

What countries are best on the disabled? Accessibility being the main thing, including accessible apartments or homes, but maybe also job access. I'll probably never live overseas, but if I ever get the opportunity I'd like to know what would be good.

(Seeing as we're doing gay-friendly, African-American friendly, etc)
Sweden and norway are certainly the most disabled friendly countries.
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Good question. While I'm not physically disabled, I've had relatives who are and know how hard can be to travel, etc. I believe the US is up there when it comes to accommodations like spacious restrooms, open spaces to wheel around, ramps and wide entrances and exits. From what I know most parts of the world regard the handicap as pitiable and invisible which is sad.

I say make a go for a place that you like and defy people's expectations. Who knows maybe you'll be a trailblazer and set a new example. I've seen gay tourist catalogs that cater to gays and maybe they have (or should have) one for the disabled.

Good luck and happy travels.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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Default Research funding

I'd love to take a world tour to other continents and countries (ruling out Antarctica because it's too cold to be accessible to me). But I'd love any ideas you may have for raising funds for such an expedition.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Disabled-friendly is mostly cosmetic. They think they have accommodated the disabled by putting the word "men" in braille on public restroom doors, and braille numbers on the keys on drive-in ATM machines. But nothing else is designed to accommodate the blind. Every once in a while, legislators will make some knee-jerk law to accommodate one sector of the disabled community, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars nationwide to implement, but makes only a tiny change for a tiny number of disabled people.

I once lived in an apartment building with open stairways, and one day workers were in there enclosing the space under the stairs. Some safety inspector had written them up, because some blind person could bump his head on the edge of the stairs. It cost many thousands of dollars, which could have been used by the landlords to make actual improvements to the actual quality of life for the residents. I'm the only blind person who ever went in there, and I never bumped my head once.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:47 AM
 
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I wanted to visit my sister in Japan, but besides the expense issue she says most things there aren't very handicapped accessible.

What countries are best on the disabled? Accessibility being the main thing, including accessible apartments or homes, but maybe also job access. I'll probably never live overseas, but if I ever get the opportunity I'd like to know what would be good.

(Seeing as we're doing gay-friendly, African-American friendly, etc)
Several Korean coworkers commented how the USA was more accommodating of people with special physical needs compared to their native countries; cosmetic or not I would find that true, at least in basic form.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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nope the USA is NOT friendly or helpful.to.Thousands of disabled people, especially in the Northeast, in states like Connecticut which have dozens
of Insurance companies.
You have to wait two whole years to even "qualify" for disability benefits
if you r disabled.
How do you survive on no $$ at all, if you cannot get a job or work.at all???
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Disabled-friendly is mostly cosmetic. They think they have accommodated the disabled by putting the word "men" in braille on public restroom doors, and braille numbers on the keys on drive-in ATM machines. But nothing else is designed to accommodate the blind. Every once in a while, legislators will make some knee-jerk law to accommodate one sector of the disabled community, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars nationwide to implement, but makes only a tiny change for a tiny number of disabled people.

I once lived in an apartment building with open stairways, and one day workers were in there enclosing the space under the stairs. Some safety inspector had written them up, because some blind person could bump his head on the edge of the stairs. It cost many thousands of dollars, which could have been used by the landlords to make actual improvements to the actual quality of life for the residents. I'm the only blind person who ever went in there, and I never bumped my head once.
I would have just put something on the ground that a cane would be able to find--even a trashcan can do the job. That's what I always suggest when I come across things that you can bump into above cane level. Most of the time accessibility can be achieved in a cheap way. 90% of inaccessibility is in people's limited thinking.

That said, this is so true. So many buildings are so far from blind-accessible it's ridiculous. Putting up braille signs isn't even useful to 90% of the blind population that doesn't know braille. I personally read braille and benefit from the signs but even I have the perspective to realize that only helps 10% of the blind population.
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