Gas station, petrol station, no matter how you call it, they are a usually a pain when you’re a wheelchair user. Basically, it is very difficult to reach the pump’s controls. But it doesn’t *have* to be and accessible fuel pumps are available to companies when they put pumps in.
On 18 January, I spoke about the advantages for FOSS projects to add accessibility to their software. From a business point of view, it opens new markets, such as: government, universities, and non-profits.
A brief discussion on Twitter prompted me to write this anecdote about wheelchair access. It is so pathetic one can only laugh. @ksuyin asked me about the reason for the wheelchair accessible aisle sign at Woolworths, as she couldn’t see the difference between that and other aisles. Then @lindsa made a sarcastic comment which had me laughing hard. Finally @lumbarius told of his experience at a Backpacker’s that "had wheelchair accessible toilet, but no access to preceding room".
I spent a week at the Linux.Conf.Au 2010 conference in Wellington last week There were nearly 700 "geeks" all over the place. It was a good week on many levels, with one highlight that I hadn’t expected – throughout the week people were interested in my wheelchair. But it was a geek’s curiousity, not crass curiousity – it was good.