Sorry it has been so long since there has been a blog update everyone. As most of you guys are aware on 19 October 2015 I was due to take a flight with British Airways out of London City Airport. Not only was I unable to take the fight because BA did not have room for my wheelchair (which they knew I would be bringing along) but my wheelchair itself was returned to me severely damaged, to the point of being unsafe to drive.
Both London City Airport and British Airways are in violation of EU 1107/2006.
I have been without my wheelchair for 97 days. Nearly three weeks ago a lawyer sent a letter on my behalf. There has been no response other than telling us to wait. It's hard to wait when your legs have been cut out from under you.
In the disability community, one’s wheelchair is considered part of her body. The events of 19 October disabled me, more so that I was disabled before. Not having my wheelchair has made me very vulnerable. I cannot get out of my house alone. I cannot reach places I would normally visit independently, I cannot get into my office, I can no longer take public transport.
It took BA nearly three months to refund my ticket for a flight I was unable take due to their own fault. Despite repeatedly telling numerous people what I need in order to restore at least some of my mobility, I’ve only received about £600 worth of taxi fares from London City Airport. I’m losing over £1500 per week trying to keep my life going. BA has not offered to pay for a rental wheelchair nor have they taken any other steps to help me while we work out a long term solution. I’m afraid the situation will not be swiftly resolved.
We are living in a world when disability rights are seen as something "nice to have" rather than a fundamental human rights issue. Disability rights are not something to be set forth out of charity. The fact is most people will become disabled at some point in their lives. Sooner or later, it is nature's way to have age, ache, and affliction catch up with us all. But there is a basic level of human dignity all people are entitled to regardless of their condition. To not protect those rights, is to put your own rights someday at risk.
I have a right to be mobile. I have a right to be safe. I have right to have my mobility restored when someone else damages it.
The one benefit of being born with a disability is it teaches you to fight. You gain a keen sense of when someone is playing games and mucking with you, using stall tactics to bide their time or waste your own. You learn to fight wisely, and for the long haul because there is no other way to win battles which never should have to be fought in the first place. So we press on.
It’s a Brave New World Out There. Every Day.
The Period Route
March 24, 2017
Subtitles? Transcriptions? The debate with disability and media