Accommodations are important and they work.
I should not be making a big deal about it. The ADA is 25 years old. Sadly, getting the accommodations we, disable people need, is often the opposite of simple.
If you have been reading my posts, you know that I am very visibly disabled.
I do require a lot of supports, and once I have them, I can do anything I set up as goals.
I have goals, or simply things I want to do, that most people would consider absurd. This is because they try to define what I am supposed to like and wish based on how I look, or how I move. Based on biased assumptions.
I defy that idea and I have a story for you. Again, it should not be a big deal, but since it still is, I will celebrate.
Recently, I discover some pretty awesome music and for many reasons, the band – Headstones – became my favorite. I love their music and the colors I see when listening to it.
The band announced three shows and I decided that I was going to one. This would be a new experience: listening to great live rock n roll. The thing is, the band plays loud music, there is a lot of light/blinking light, the fans are many, some pretty rowdy, and never quiet – and if you are there, and movement is not an issue, you cannot stay quiet. Blame it on the showmanship of the vocalist. It is contagious.
All this would not be a problem but:
Loud music plus all the lights can be a sensory nightmare, and there is always the risk of seizures, even if lights usually don’t trigger mine.
Too many people standing, yelling and jumping, all very close to one another makes me shiver with anxiety.
Usually there is no place to sit.
This was going to be my first rock concert and I would need my wheelchair and a safe area, away from the loud, possibly rowdy crowd.
I didn’t know what to expect as far as lights and loudness go, so I was a little concerned.
I needed accommodations.
I wanted the same experience the majority of fans have in shows and I needed to make sure I was going to be able to have that experience as a disabled person.
This is what happened next:
I got the most amazing, awesome, fantastic, fabulous experience.
I got accommodations.