Category Archives: Accessibility

The Importance of People First Language

Words matter. Words label. Words explain. Words create perception and misperception. Words can hurt. Words can limit. Words can lift. And words can convey powerful messages. Within the disability world there has been a shift  towards “people first” language, whereby the person comes first and the disability comes second. This change in language is important… Read More »

The Importance of Landscaping, Greenery and Green Spaces

Landscaping is often overlooked when streetscape accessibility is being discussed, but it is an important component of an inclusive environment. In addition to adding to the attractiveness of streetscapes, landscaping can offer shade and improve air quality. Landscaping, such as trees bordering a sidewalk, can provide directional cues to people with visual impairments, as well… Read More »

The Importance of Sidewalk Surfaces

Many people walk on sidewalks without giving a thought to the surface, but for people with mobility devices such as wheelchairs, scooters and walkers, or people with wheeled devices like strollers or wheeled grocery bags, sidewalks surfaces are incredibly important to the usability and mobility of their community. Far too many communities focus on the… Read More »

Introductory Post

My name is Heather McCain. I have been living with disability and chronic pain for seventeen years, exactly half of my life. I learned, fairly quickly, that the public perception of disability and chronic pain is not a true reflection of my experiences or of others. The media tends to only tell stories about people… Read More »