Disability activist and historian Mark Bookman talks about how accessibility progress is bolstered by the international spotlight of the Paralympics but hampered by the lack of accessibility at the policy-making table.
Ollie interrogates the patriarchy.
Bobby seems pretty consumed by his anxiety about how much time we have left.
Topics discussed on this episode range from:
- Ollie's disastrous start to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and how a Brian intervened to save the Day
- How AirBNB does in terms of accessibility
- How Japan travel accommodations do with accessibility overall
- What Mark's work as a disability activist entails, and how his daily life and interactions inform his activism
- The concrete web of support that's required to make a disabled person's
- The challenging of advocating for people with invisible disabilities in Japan
- The importance of inclusivity in accessibility conversations
- The Paralympics as an opportunity to reflect and improve on accessibility
- How Corona has illustrated some of Japan's social barriers to accessibility
- Japan's over-reliance on care networks for disable people
- How Japan's aging population and shortage of caregivers highlights disability and accessibility issues
- The chance that the Paralympics offers to address some of these issues
- How incredibly sporty we all are
- Mark's experience being consulted by the Japanese government to work on accessibility issues
- How Japan's attitude towards accessibility compares to other countries
- Japan's legal history around accessibility
- How transportation accessibility has rippled out to other areas
- How Japan's inclusion TARGETS set them apart from other countries
- A brief history of Japanese disability welfare laws and where they excel
- WHY they excel in those areas
- Disability visibility in government, and how it affects public perception
- Japan's history of high-profiled disability
- How the Paralympics can function to create "undesirable accessibility"
- How the Paralympics can be helpful to some and harmful to others
- Some really disastrously bad Paralympic advertising messaging
- What Mark tells a government when they ask what they should do
- Why the government needs to do more than just ask Mark what they should do
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Mark's Ted Talk: Paralympics as Possibility: The Past, Present, and Future of Accessibility in Japan
Article on Covid-19: The Coronavirus Crisis: Disability Politics and Activism in Contemporary Japan
Accessibility Mapping Project
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