Joe Braxton wrote:This might give you some ideas...
Permaculture has the potential to be really, really transformative, not because of anything mystical 'dirt is good for disabled people', but because a lot of the whole concept of systems design, of making nature work for you, means that lower labor inputs open farming/homesteading/sustainable living up to people with disabilities. My little dream intentional community is kind of a goal with the idea of being both accessible to individuals with disabilities but also of providing community support from a self-advocate POV, rather than an imposed top-down theraputic structure.
little dream intentional community
A problem with looking at individual disability is that people are in complex systems and isolating out one so-called disability is likely to be impossible or a wrong guess. For example if a person gets anxious in a certain space, you could say they have an anxiety disorder or autism, but so what? Applying the framework of deep accessibility to the space itself, rather than focusing on fixing people avoids the nearly impossible task of understanding the complex causes of the response in that one person, and you would be helping a lot more people.
Kat Green wrote:I am grateful for this forum as I care for my deceased friend's disabled daughter. She is a senior herself and developmentally handicapped as well as wheelchair bound. Jessica, I too thought of beds raised to wheelchair level. My little friend cant move her own wheelchair due to considerable arthritic damage and is unable to control an electric chair but she can grasp a rail mounted on the top of a raised bed and pull herself around. I thought of using clay pipe under the soil that can be filled from the top to avoid overwatering since she is somewhat OCD. She loves to garden. I hope that she will eat more variety of vegetables if she can take credit for growing them. I am always looking for ways to make her feel independent and accomplished as well as getting much needed exercise. I will be watching for more suggestions. Thank you everyone who posts here.
allen lumley wrote:Heres a wild way out there thought ! "
from each, according of their ability! To each according to their needs ! Big AL