Mmmm. So. Here we see a parents room. Big. Spacious. New. With a button to open the door automatically, wow!
Next to it, we see an ’accessible’ bathroom. Not only is there no button, but the whole handle, lock and door are broken. Completely out of action. No sign, no fucks given, nothin. If I wasn't able to get out of my wheelchair and walk the short distance from my wheelchair I parked outside the cubicle, into said cubicle (apparently it was too hard to just put an accessible stall in the ’regular people’ bathroom so a wheelchair does not fit into any of those cubicles.) it would have been a bad time. But my point is, not everyone can walk that 2 metre round trip from and back to their wheelchair outside the stall. I appreciate that they've made it easier to get strollers in and out of the parenting room. Lovely. But I've done both and I promise you it's easier to get a stroller through a heavy self closing door THAN A MANUAL WHEELCAIR AS A DISABLED PERSON. And anyone who has an issue with me saying that can piss off and use a self propelled wheelchair for a week, it'll sink in pretty fast. I just found it so infuriating seeing the perfect picture of accessibility right NEXT to, and not on or for, the feature apparently made entirely for the purpose of being accessible. It also might be less of a problem if one accessible toilet was out of action if there was idk, MORE THAN ONE FOR THE WHOLE MALL lol. #accessmattersnz #thefutureisaccessible #accessiblebathroom #ironicaccessibilityfeaturesforableds #seriously #ytho #accessibility #accessibilitymatters #includedisabledpeopleinaccessibilitydesign #wheelchair #mobilityaid #cripplepunk #access #disabilityawareness