Wheeling NY City, the blog

During October and November 2014, Laurence Parent will be blogging from New York City, where she will be conducting interviews with disabled New Yorkers and learning about what it means to wheel New York City.

Call for Participants

16th October 2014

As you probably know since you are reading this on my blog, I am conducting a research project to examine disabled people’s sense of belonging in Montréal and in New York City, as well as in the communities they identify or would like to identify with, considering that this is not fixed but rather constantly […]

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It’s not on the map

14th October 2014

October 12, 2014 One thing you quickly learn when you navigate marginalized geographies is that there are not many maps and indications you can really trust. A wheelchair logo doesn’t necessarily mean that access is provided. There can be a step. You know, the “just-one- little-step-we-can-help-you” kind of thing. The opposite is also true: the […]

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Je ne m’ennuie pas

12th October 2014

Je ne m’ennuie pas de Montréal. New York est parfaitement en mesure de me rappeler ce que c’est que de vivre à Montréal. Look vs Accessibilité. “Come in our restaurant!” “How can I get in? The ramp is blocked!” “Oh you can eat outside on our terrace!” “…” J’ai également ma dose d’escaliers quotidienne. Et […]

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Use the Turnstiles

11th October 2014

October 11th, 2014 It is 9 pm and my mom and I are on our way home when we pass by “our” subway station. I suggest we go somewhere else instead of going back “home.” Anywhere. Well, anywhere we can go. She’s in and a few seconds later we are in the elevator going down […]

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Video: Use the Turnstiles

11th October 2014
Use the Turnstiles entrance confusion

I still haven’t figured out how to use the so-called accessible door at the entrance of Broadway-Lafayette station. I insert my card in the machine next to the door. The machine tells me to “Use the turnstiles.” This short video shows what happens every time I use the turnstiles. Full blog entry.

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Obama & Me

8th October 2014

October 7, 2014 I have been typing on my computer for the most part of this morning. I have to submit a scholarship application in two days and unlike some of my friends – salut Marianne! – I didn’t start working on it months in advance. I am happy with the work I’ve done today. […]

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