In this case, it is important to look at how clean the bathroom is. If the bathroom is clean, chances are that particular Starbucks coffeehouse has a few regulars with a physical disability, and they are made aware of the fact that from time to time a disabled patron may slip due to a wet floor, or may have to prop themselves up on their knees in order to pull up their pants. And in consideration for such events, the floors are normally clean and dry. And at such establishments, when disabled patrons come in to enjoy their overpriced lattes, most baristas will often automatically bring the drink to the table of the disabled customer without a second thought.
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In a Starbucks location whose bathroom is not what most would consider close to immaculate, typically the service for disabled customers is poor or otherwise subpar. Often times one will find obstacles that are rather difficult for the disabled consumer; such as displays in the middle of the establishment which a wheelchair is then required to circumnavigate in order to reach their original setting place, and often the employees at such Starbucks locations are inconsiderate of the fact that it is very difficult for disabled person in a manual wheelchair to both hold a cup of coffee, and roll themselves back to their seat.
That is however not the case. Before I end this opinion essay, it is worth talking briefly about the title of the piece, as well as the usage of the word gimp to refer to a disabled individual.
Let me start off by saying that yes, I am aware that typically it is used to refer to people with physical disabilities in a derogatory manner. I intend to give that word new meaning, not because I feel as though I need to reclaim some sense of culture, but because disability needs to be talked about in a more frank, and open manner.
In order to do that sometimes we need to be shocked into paying attention. And to be quite honest, I think it just sounds awesome.
- “The Strength Coach” Greg Smith, 1964-2016.
- The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: An Essay of Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East (Oriental Institute Essays).
- Leap of Doubt;
It is a simple word that rolls off the tongue with ease. With that being said, I hope that this piece has made you think about disability in a different way. And I hope that the next time you consider using a restroom intended for disabled persons, you would think twice. There are some people out there that need the stall more than you do.
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Wheelchair Wisconsin. Smith later earned a BA in broadcasting from Arizona State University and eventually became the sports director on the campus radio station. In , Smith shifted his focus to disability issues. To Greg the value of the disability community was best realized when reaching out to others and not just paying lip service to itself.
In June , Smith caused a stir among the disability community by having Christopher Reeve, who had just been named Vice Chairman of the National Organization on Disability, on as a guest. Reeve, who had been paralyzed in a horse riding accident just three years earlier, was a controversial figure in disability circles at the time for his emphasis on curing paralysis rather than giving attention to larger societal and systemic concerns.
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Reeve requested that Smith conduct the interview himself. Silencing the Negative Voice Within. TV time and acknowledgement of our community are important for us to develop disability pride and On October 6, Smith had a stroke followed by two cardiac arrests which literally killed him.
While in intensive care, Greg was unable to respond to queries from Social Security Administration about income he earned as a speaker and the SSA suspended his benefits.
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