Changing Perspectives in Russia (via Opening Our Eyes)

This post in particular — and this blog in general — are amazing. I’m slowly working my way through the archives and just reveling in the compelling stories this mother-daughter team tells. The one today about Yulia Simonova, a woman in a wheelchair in Russia, and her fight for inclusion in a county that cares more about the masses than the individual, really hit home. I don’t consider myself disabled, but even in a country that values the individual, it’s still hard to be different. I can only imagine what it’s like for Yulia, who had to be home-schooled because schools in Russian weren’t handicap-accessible when she was a child.

So, enjoy and be thankful; I know I did and am.

Changing Perspectives in Russia One of the first things we noticed after arriving in Moscow was the poor quality of services for pedestrians. Sidewalks are bumpy with very high curbs, there are no elevators in the metro stations, and if you’re lucky enough to find a ramp, it’s extremely narrow, steep and slippery (we could barely roll our luggage up the one at the high-end Hilton Hotel). These are the kinds of obstacles that Yulia Simonova and other disabled people face everyda … Read More

via Opening Our Eyes


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