A lot of places have a few designated accessible seats, for instance:
- Movie theaters will often have some seats next to wheelchair seating areas.
- Bathrooms often have one accessible stall and several more inaccessible stalls
- Busses usually have designated seating near the front for folks with disabilities
If you don’t need the accessibility features of the designated seats, it’s important not to sit in them.
Because even if you’re willing to move, people don’t know that. A lot of people who sit in those seats are not willing to move, and become belligerent when people ask them to, particularly if they are not using mobility equipment. People who need the seats have no way of knowing how you will react. By sitting there, you are putting people in the position of having to decide whether risking asking you to move is more dangerous than risking going without the seat.
Do not do this to people.
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In saying all that, peeps please remember — don’t let people SHAME YOU INTO NOT USING THESE FACILITIES WHEN/IF YOU NEED TO. As somebody who appears able-bodied, I coped some crap (mostly a lot of shaming dirty looks) when I was younger for using disabled bathrooms or chairs on buses.
Unfortunately, I am chronically ill and during my teenage years I was in agonising pain and this also greatly affected my mobility - so when these facilities weren’t occupied by other deserving people I’d think “oh thank gosh, I can sit here where I won’t hurt myself, or another person by a) falling on them or b) accidentally having an uncontrollable arm jerk and elbowing them”.
So everyone, don’t use these accessible facilities unless you need to - but by gosh if you need to don’t let any asshole shame you out of using the equipment that is there to help you!
Yes; this. This is just as important. People who need the accessibility features should use them, even if their need for them isn’t stereotypical.