“I used to really dislike going out. I really dreaded the part of waiting for a bus, having the bus driver come down and open the ramp”.
The extra time it took and making other passengers wait fed her fear of going out. The extra and unnecessary attention made her uncomfortable. She saw herself as an inconvenience, but no one should see themselves that way, especially those in a similar situation. Buses with ramps have been made accessible for wheelchair users and it’s important that they are available.
“I realize that it wasn’t my fault,” she says. “I’m not the one who chose to first have a disability.” She began to understand over time that how the bus works isn’t her problem and sees things in a different light. Now, Theresa goes out as long as the location is accessible.
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