What a wonderful idea.
I was in Atlantic City giving a lecture for the day there and went down to check the lecture hall in the hotel. I knew that they had arranged a ramped stage for me as they were anticipating a fairly large audience. My experience of these ramps is inconsistent. Sometimes they are flimsy and scary. Sometimes they are narrow, about as wide as a dolly. Sometimes they are perfectly suited for the job they were crafted for. So, as I was in Atlantic City I have to say it, it's a crap shoot.
Well, the ramp was just perfect, easy to use, a good width, a slow and easy rise. But what I liked about it was that it was set up behind a curtain. I sometimes feel that people with disabilities are on display and our movements somehow are cause for curiosity. I always get on stages really early so that I don't have to be cumbersome or clumsy in front of watcher/gawker types. I am a people watcher so I know that most are watching just because it's something to watch, no intrusion intended. Well, unintended does not mean unfelt.
I loved being able to get up and down from the stage in complete privacy. It worked perfectly for me. Interestingly though, I was asked by someone at the conference if I thought that the curtain was a way of 'closeting' my disability. As if it was something shameful that needed to be hidden away - rather than something to be out in plain view.
I admit to being flabbergasted. Clearly there are two ways to view every situation. I am wondering about all of you. Was the curtain a thing designed to give privacy or was it something which indicated the hiding way of shameful movement?
I truly would like your opinion.