Bare in mind this is a UK perspective. I've a lot to say over the idea going around that disabled people can do away with personal cars. First of, yes modified cars are expensive, but there's also ways to acquire via gov schemes like The Motability Scheme. Doubtless things like that will always need more access cos the govs shit. Secondly, public transport in the UK is notoriously awful at being accessible, with trains denying boarding, to platforms only being accessible via stairs. 1/?

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Busses routinely never stop to pick up ppl up if they're seen to be in a wheelchair, they literally just drive past the bus stop. Ramps up to trains or busses are often missing. If you're immune compromised, getting stuffed onto a bus isn't exactly great either. Also, what if someone just wants to go to the countryside or whatever and the only way in is via personal transport? Bus stops are often miles away from your intended destination. 2/?

Obviously, public transport needs a massive overhaul and way more accessibility, and there needs to be so much more public transport. But just doing away with cars altogether isn't it and takes away the freedom of disabled people. 3/3

@FrazzledBrynn I don't even try to travel by train anymore. Even when you carefully book for you & you mobility scooter/wheelchair, there is no guarantee you will be able to get to the platform, let alone the train.

Public transport need a massive investment & overhaul, & there also needs to be a change in culture in the way ableds treat disabled people when we try to use public transport. I'm not ' in the way', I'm just a human trying to go about my day like you.

@GwenfarsGarden @FrazzledBrynn I’m so tired of seeing people making pronouncements about disabled people and transport without considering the vast range of disabilities that exist and accommodations that are necessary, or even asking disabled people what they need

@GwenfarsGarden @FrazzledBrynn I find this really depressing. It surely can't be that hard to allow boarding of trains not require a person turn up with a ramp!?

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