This time, I would like to talk about what actually happened to Koro, Usa, Riii and one other friend on a trip to Osaka.
Usa has written about things related to disabilities such as priority seating and help marks, and now I would like to write about elevators.
I would be happy if you read this article and learn more about the mobility of people with disabilities.
A real-life elevator story
Waiting for the elevator at Universal City Station
We took the monorail and train from Itami Airport to Universal City Station to visit Universal Studios.
Since Koro and Usa are in electric wheelchairs, it is difficult for them to go up and down stairs and escalators.
When we arrived at the station and headed for the elevator, a young couple with one large carry-on case was waiting for the elevator.
The trains are crowded when they arrive, and there were at least four or five groups of people with strollers in tow behind our group of electric wheelchair users.
But we saw them and rode the elevator up without a hitch.
Do we have an escalator?”
I want you to think of it this way and look for it.
Of course, this does not mean that you should not take the elevator.
I understand that you are carrying heavy luggage, and you may not know that there is an escalator at the station.
But there are many people who have difficulty getting around without an elevator.
Sometimes I have a hard time getting on the elevator… like when I’m in a hurry… and I’m in so much trouble!
Sometimes I can’t get on the train in front of me…
I look to God for the kind people who are willing to give up ✨
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I totally understand!!!
I hope you’ll be kind enough to give it away!!!
In an elevator at the Osaka Metro.
When I was getting on the elevator at the Osaka Metro, the man who came after me tried to force me on quite a bit.
The elevator was crammed with two wheelchairs, myself, my carry-on case, and another friend.
In the end, my friend took the stairs, and the uncle who came later took the elevator.
He said he had a bad leg.
But no matter how bad his legs are, how can he push the person waiting ahead of him to get on the elevator?
Can’t he wait until the next elevator?
There is Corona, and I understand that they are in a hurry, but if they get on the elevator when it is crowded, they will be in trouble.
Corona can make you very sick with a disability, so I’d avoid the density!
But you have to ride the elevator to get around, so if there are a lot of people on it, I’d rather wait until the next one.
I believe that people in wheelchairs, baby strollers, and other people who have difficulty moving should have priority in elevators, but it is not the same as forcing them out of the way or asking them to give way with the feeling that “you have priority, so you should give way.
It would be nice if people who have difficulty moving can move around comfortably with a willingness to give way and a sense of gratitude on the part of the person who is given the right to move.
Take the elevator right outside Osaka Station.
When we went to the Umeda Sky Building from Osaka Station, we looked for an elevator and found one, but it didn’t seem to be an elevator for a station building, because it went up to a very high floor.
After looking for a few more elevators, we finally found one that looked like it could take us, although it was crowded, so I had my two wheelchair users take the elevator and my friend and I took the escalator to meet them downstairs.
When it is absolutely impossible to ride the elevator easily, we may have only two people in wheelchairs ride the elevator and use the escalator even if they are caregivers.
However, it is best if the caregivers can ride together in case something goes wrong.
If you see someone who has difficulty moving around, I hope you will consider the option of taking the escalator, even if it is on the way to the destination floor.
In this issue, “Does it have to be that mobile elevator?” I have written about an actual story that happened on a trip to Osaka with two wheelchair users and two caregivers.
This time it was in Osaka, but this is not limited to Osaka, I’ve had similar experiences in the Tokyo metropolitan area and other destinations.
I had a lot of help from people around me on this trip, but Osaka was so crowded that the elevators were very difficult.
There are many people who have difficulty getting around without an elevator.
Even if you have no difficulty in getting around now, you may have a child and have to pull a stroller, or you may have to ride in a wheelchair due to an accident, injury, or illness in the future.
What will you think of those around you when you find yourself in a position where you need an elevator to get around?
What would you want them to do?
If you see a person in a wheelchair or pulling a baby stroller who has difficulty moving in an elevator in a crowded station or building, we would be happy if you would consider taking the escalator and give it to them.
However, everyone has the right to ride the elevator, and there are various circumstances, so it would be nice if the person who is being given the elevator can move comfortably without forgetting to show their gratitude.