Noticing Accessibility

I am a huge fan of movies and my tastes range from family friendly to horror. I am also a huge fan of accessibility. Naturally these two passions overlap from time to time and I am thoroughly pleased when I notice accessibility included in film. Over the weekend I saw the movie Big Hero Six and really enjoyed it, at one point there was a chase scene down a street in the fictional city of San Fransokyo and I saw curb cuts and truncated domes on the corners of the streets. I wish this didn’t make me as happy as it did, I long for a day when seeing these items on a sidewalk will be commonplace and mundane. For now, however, I acknowledge that the inclusion of these items wasn’t an accident, it was intentional because this is an animated film and all of the scenery and characters have to be designed and rendered, so somewhere along the line an animator/illustrator intentionally designed a cityscape that would be inclusive and accessible. Unlike other movies that have these barrier removal devices, the cuts/domes weren’t included for a specific character who needed them (although I would have loved to have seen a featured character with a disability) like in The Theory of Everything, they were just there, because of course people with disabilities live and work in San Fransokyo.  Good job Disney Animation!

Bravo! Now we need more films that feature characters with disabilities played by people with disabilities.

A woman approaching a curb cut with truncated domes in front of her

A curb cut with truncated domes. Photo credit: atnetworkblog.blogspot.con


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