I have joined the world of the temporarily disabled: I broke my ankle playing basketball the other day and will be in a cast and on crutches for the next six to eight weeks. My ankle actually doesn’t hurt that bad, it’s really the swelling that’s the worst part, but that should subside in the next few days.
I’m definitely not looking for any sort of pity, because this is nothing compared to what some people have to go through on a daily basis. I’m also very lucky in that I do not have to drive to work, because legally I’m not supposed to with my cast. My three block commute will be tough enough on crutches. The positives in this will be to experience all of the little nuances that come along so that I’m more familiar with them when writing about the needs of the disabled. Of course, it’s not as difficult as being visually impaired or confined to a wheelchair. I already try to be cognizant of the needs of all users any place I go, or in any plans or set of guidelines I review.
My desk is not conducive to typing and sitting with my propped-up leg in a cast. So, unfortunately, that will probably equate to less articles and less time spent working at the computer. But, you never know.
This incident came on the heels of some exciting news for Walkable Neighborhoods: a potential partnership with a major company. More to come on this (hopefully).