Self-Defence and P.E.E.Ps for People with Disabilities

In light of the recent events in Uvalde, and after seeing a post on Instagram on the subject, I was compelled to write my thoughts about it, because it made me really think.

Imagine being an amputee, running for your life, trying to escape from a gunman?

What about the blind?

What if the blind had a guide dog and the guide dog got shot?

What if the venue is no where near wheelchair accessible?

Do we need to manufacture bulletproof wheelchairs nowadays?

When I was in high school, in Bermuda, we had lockdowns in the midst of school fights. But according to my research, Bermuda has nothing in place.

As a wheelchair user, I was given a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (P.E.E.P) in University for fire drills, in the UK. I’ve also had an evacuation plan while on a job placement in England, which was successful.

https://fb.watch/dfEbtVVhVo/

It looks like America has something in place, but is this effective? Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which the penalty is provided by law.

Neglecting to make reasonable adjustments goes against ones’ ‘right to life’. Not much seems to be in place by way of safety legislation. However, as an alternative, there is Martial Arts and carrying a gun for self-defence.

Does this help?

Don’t our lives matter too?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

Disability Martial Arts Association: http://www.disabilitymartialartsassociation.co.uk/introducing_you_to_the_disabilit.htm

Wheelchair Self-Defence: https://www.combat-academy.co.uk/wheelchair-self-defence/

Human Rights Act 1998: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights-act/article-2-right-life#:~:text=1.,penalty%20is%20provided%20by%20law.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/05/25/executive-order-on-advancing-effective-accountable-policing-and-criminal-justice-practices-to-enhance-public-trust-and-public-safety/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uks-strict-gun-laws-strengthened-with-new-medical-arrangements

https://www.gov.uk/reasonable-force-against-intruders

https://www.wheelpower.org.uk/sports/karate?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-daUBhCIARIsALbkjSYPWFTZb2CUmXRiwQx6fj62zYLEdMVGMUDvn7reTNdeWG1cCgANbyUaAiClEALw_wcB

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Hello everyone! Welcome to my page. My name is Daniella Jade Lowe. I am a university graduate with a BA degree focused on History and Politics from the University of Bradford, England. Journalism and Politics are my passion. I have even represented Bermuda at the London 2012 Paralympic Games as a reporter for Bermuda’s Paralympian Jessica Lewis. During the games I also assessed the level of Wheelchair Accessibility at the event. I am an emerging Journalist, Politician and Disability Advocate. My motive behind doing this was to be an advocate for people with disabilities. I have a disability. It does not completely define me; it just enhances me in a way which differentiates and strengthens me. My disability should be viewed as an ability: to see the world in a different way. As a wheelchair user, I have advocated for Wheelchair Accessibility in Bermuda, by writing various articles for numerous publications on the subject. I also have a blog where I also write about various disability related issues. During Middle School and High School, I used a Garaventa StairTrac to navigate the school for classes. In fact, one of the reasons why I pursued further education and started my career in England was due to Wheelchair Accessibility. During College, I became the Disability Officer for the Students’ Union and I advocated for the students with disabilities. On July 27, 2007, I was invited by former Premier of Bermuda Dr. Ewart Brown for a ‘Brown Bag Lunch’ to discuss issues like Wheelchair Accessibility amongst other things. I have also been sporadically involved with WindReach since I was young. This is how I amplify my voice for Wheelchair Accessibility! I am also skilled in Politics, Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, Microsoft Word, and Strategic Planning. Strong media and communication professional with a BA focused in History and Politics from University of Bradford.