I swear, I find Feedback Friday topics every place I turn! Last week we vacationed in Florida and took the kids to Disney for several days. While standing in line for several rides I began to notice a similar theme in the wheelchair lines, and many people discussing it.
About 80% of the people in the the shortened wheelchair access lines happened to be morbidly obese. I heard many families express frustration as they stood in line waiting patiently with their children for rides, only to see an obese adult in a wheelchair speed right to the front of the line, jump right up, and board the ride.
The Americans with Disabilities Act defines "disability" as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of [an] individual." It should be noted that many physical disabilities result from obesity that may require a wheelchair. Also the NCDDR released a study indicating, often, people with disabilities are more vulnerable to obesity.
The conversations I overheard all began to take on the same tone.
It's Feedback Friday...
Is obesity a disability that requires a trip to the front of a line?
Can a person in a wheelchair wait like the rest of the people in line?