Kiwi Polemicist

March 5, 2009

• Disabled man forced to urinate in classroom due to state hypocrisy

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The NZ Herald is reporting that a wheelchair-using student at the Unitec Institute of Technology was forced to go into a corner of a classroom and urinate into a bowl because his wheelchair wouldn’t fit into the toilets. Furthermore, staff and students have been carrying him up and down stairs. I have two comments to make about this:

1) I have a numerous disabled friends and I am certain that they would be disgusted but not surprised by this. I have helped a good number of wheelies (wheelchair users) and I have seen that their life has enough unavoidable indignities and immodesties without adding avoidable ones.

2) The worst aspect of this is the hypocrisy of the state. We have laws that require buildings to be accessible for disabled people, and those laws violate property rights by telling people what they can and cannot do with their private property. Meanwhile, a state educational institution does not comply with those laws and a man is forced to urinate in the corner of a classroom. “Do what we say, not what we do”.

It is bitterly ironic that this man is training in order to get a job and get off ACC*, yet the state gives him a kick in the privates during that training.

What do you think about this situation and the points that I have made?


*Accident Compensation Corporation: state welfare for those who receive accidental injuries




  1. I first have to say that using the term “Wheelies” is really retarded, so shame on you. And second, this guy who cant fit in the bathroom must be a hell of a fatty. His first Unitec Institute of Technology project should be to lose some damn weight.

    Comment by 2LessLegs — March 6, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    • 2LessLegs: I use the term “wheelies” because that is how my wheelchair-using friends refer to themselves. My post and the NZ Herald both state that it is his wheelchair that won’t fit into the toilet: I have a wheelie friend who’s a skinny 60kg/132lb and his wheelchair won’t fit into 95% or more of (non-accessible) toilets.

      Comment by kiwipolemicist — March 6, 2009 @ 9:10 am

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