Two Youtube Videos On: Disability Rights

Hello all! This post I wanted to dedicate to videos featured on YouTube that are based on disability rights and services. I so far have thankfully found two of which I find wonderful pieces that focus on these important topics.

Firstly, this video (3 minutes long) provided by Open Society Foundations. This clip is wonderful and shows multiple young adults who are in school, including disabled students themselves, give their word on how they joined a scholarship aimed towards disability rights in the US, Africa and other locations in general, and what they want to do to change the lack of human rights that are for the disabled community through activism and breaking down stereotypes within society that limits the disabled community more than anything else. It is a very compassionate video that gives a spark in me, and makes me feel joy to see this group of alumni who want to benefit and meet the needs of disabled folk. I really recommend you watch if you’re either interested in seeing what this organization is doing from the video or on their online pages, or just want to see people talk about an amazing passion they have for this community and how they want to change society for the better (instead of changing the community, like many bad organizations attempt). Its inspiring and honestly wonderful to see.

The next video (2:30 min., closed captioning), featured by DRI Kids on YouTube, is based around an organization that is also aimed positively towards developing a better future and better lives for disabled and mentally ill people. Employees, including the founder of the organization (which has been for up to 20 years existent), speak out about how the abuse directed towards disabled folk in psychiatric facilities is inhumane and how they want to work towards tearing it down and creating better environments centered around the facilities disabled and mentally ill people are in. Its a very informative and direct video, and has the same passion to it as the previous. If you’re interested about their goals, intentions or any other information, it is a rather interesting video to view.

Both videos come off as actual hope that abled people actually care about disabled lives and how those lives should be enjoyable. I hope you’ll enjoy and perhaps find more videos or other sources that want to do good for the community!


Why Noise Maps Could Be Crucial to the Neurodivergent in Public

In only a few public areas such as amusement parks or crowded commons of big cities, there is little or no help to the divergent to know what areas might be loud or not. Whether it be often or even just a noisy place for the day of, noise maps can help autistic folk who are hypersensitive to sound and can even help those with misophonia who don’t know what to prepare for.

Noise maps, also called soundscape maps, strategic noise maps or sound maps, are maps describing areas in a location that emit loud sounds/music/etc. Examples would be a picture where an amusement park or city space (such as a state capital, tourist location or large attraction site) has a color key, each color representing levels of sound by dB (decibels) and the severity or danger it can be to human hearing whether you have sensitivity to noise or not.

On this website, they feature and promote something called “HowLoud”, which helps people find noise levels in the location they search by GPS. The preview of the page shows what a neighborhood’s sound pollution is like using a noise map, and gives a good example of how the color key is used to indicate noise levels for anyone curious.

This not only benefits those who are interested in sound pollution, but would be amazing for neurodivergent folk that have increased stress, panic attacks or meltdowns from harsh noise they can’t expect beforehand. This method of mapping sound could be easily spread through online sources as apps or online pages on websites, or could be featured in pamphlets/papers provided by parks or groups that would be willing to publish noise maps for everyone.

The precaution in the form of an easy-to-use app that has the function of a noise map, for an autistic/misophonic/mentally ill person so they can have a chance to either avoid or prepare for upcoming sound input that would overwhelm them and possibly lead to public melt/shutdown, would be an amazingly renovating for the community.

If there are ANY application creators or those who work with apps, and you’re interested in helping the sound-sensitive part of the neurodivergent community, PLEASE think about this! I hope you’ll keep it in your thoughts or mention it to a moderator that could do something like this. Thank you. -G

Finding Activities in Gyms Near You

For most activities and workout-based routines, they’re able-bodied based. Whether you be neurodivergent, D/deaf, blind or disabled in any way, gyms that accommodate your needs are something vital when considering if you want to join a fitness center.

TIP: You should always research online!

If the gym you desire has a website, navigate around their page to find anything under the list of care for disabled members. If the gym has specific details as to what they accommodate for disabled visitors (such as equipment for wheelchair users, text-to-speech usable machines, braille on equipment, etc), awesome! This is a sign that the gym is a great possibility for you. Try to contact them via email or phone possibly and get further details by the staff if you can.

What if they don’t have a page?

If they don’t have an online page, try to go and find documents or pamphlets on site that include information involving disability accessibility in the gym. Best of luck if you find anything!

Just remember…

Always try to find gyms that fit YOUR needs. Don’t try to use equipment you know or think you’d have difficulty with, or would harm yourself by using. Its extremely unsafe. If its difficult to find activity centers in your area, try to find workout tools online! On my separate page here, these are some workout machines designed for disabled folk that you can try to decide on.

I hope for those that read this post that you all find something that fits for you. Best of luck to everyone!

-G, from Disability Wellness