I went to the Tate Modern this morning for a meeting about some work I’m doing there. Because it’s a massive building and I needed to do a fair bit of moving about I used one of their complimentary wheelchairs.
When we went to get a lift to the upper floors I noticed a large sign next to it that said:
“Celebrate your ability to use your legs and please give priority to those who need to use the lifts.”
I understood and appreciated the good intention of the message, but it didn’t feel that positive to me. It made me laugh but it also made me cringe.
I didn’t like it because it talks to one group of people only, those able to use their lower limbs without assistance. People with less reliable legs are most likely to be the ones waiting staring at it. And they’re talked about rather than to.
I’m going to mention this at the next meeting I have there and see what happens.