News from last week is that Indonesian pedestrians with disabilities will be required to wear signs – “for their safety”.
Seriously. It went through parliament!!!
Given the state of roads and footpaths (or lack thereof) in Indonesia you need to be a dairly brave pedestrian (able bodied or otherwise) to travel too far by foot. Thank god taxis are cheap.
But it says something about a society when they think the onus is on the person with a disability to label themselves as such, rather than on the road users to take due care with ALL pedestrians.
It’s a ridiculous move. And one which I am thankfully fairly confident won’t take off in other countries.
It saddens me though, especially given that my children are half Indonesian, and we have a great love of Indonesia, that there aren’t more progressive steps towards acceptance and integration of people with disabilities into the mainstream community.
I was glad to see that it at least brought more people with disabilities on to the streets – to protest the move. Let’s hope some common sense prevails and their rights as individuals are considered. It’d be great if the negative international press actually meant something was done to improve accessibility in Indonesian cities…but I won’t be holding my breath for that one.