what I mean by this is that being able to walk a little, being able to walk with consequences, that’s not the same as being able to walk (the end)
When people are denied wheelchairs because they can walk, an important thing is missed.
They can’t walk
yes, they can physically walk. That’s not what I mean.
What I mean is,
Can they walk to the store and back? Can they do so safely? Can they do so and still have energy left for the day? For the week?
Can they walk at home? yes? Ok, but does doing so leave them with enough energy to leave? To go to school, work, out with friends, on errands? Is it safe?
Can they walk long enough to go places, enjoy things, to do what they could do if they had mobility aids?
Yes, being able to walk, even a little, is different than not being able to walk at all.
But it’s not the same as being able to walk, without consequences, without fear of safety, for “long distances”
So when you deny someone mobility aids because they can still walk, because you want them to still walk, you’re missing something.
If they’re asking for mobility aids, their mobility is already limited. They’re already not walking as often because they can’t. Mobility aids won’t change that. But they can actually improve mobility, and allow for more opportunities to go out and be active.
Often people fail to understand that even though a disabled person can physically do a thing, it doesn’t mean that they can sustainably safely do that thing many times or for a long time. Just because your legs aren’t missing or irreversibly paralysed doesn’t mean that walking is a real option. >:(
Often I have to pay a high health price for an action. I can take a 2 hour bus ride and walk 2 km to an important meeting if my monthly income depends on it and I’d otherwise lose my apartment, but I need to rest for a week or two afterwards. Authorities assume this means I could get a job where just the commuting is like this, every day for extended periods of time, which is just ridiculous and would get me in hospital condition.
In video game terms all actions that I have to do after my MP bar of safe actions is empty I start losing HP, and I’d really like to avoid that…