Driving a Wheelchair Motorcycle in Indonesia – Rolling On, Ep. 2
My transition was difficult at the beginning. I’m paraplegic because of a motorcycle accident. I have been in a wheelchair for 20 years. By the time I learned how to become independent as a wheelchair user, how to transfer from the bed to the wheelchair, and then when I got my modified motorcycle, I got more freedom. My name is Sri Lestari, I live in Solodiran, Klaten, near to Yogyakarta. Every day I ride my modified motorbike because I can’t go to work by public transportation. It’s very difficult for me. I work at UCP Wheels for Humanity Indonesia as a social worker. I love my work because connecting people with how to get a wheelchair and also how we advocate our rights for people with disability. I think most people never think what wheelchair users need, like we need bathrooms, special bathrooms for wheelchair users. We need a ramp to get in the building. Today I can’t go inside the mosque. This one, I can’t go inside there. Usually, when I want to go to a new place, I look for it on Google Maps. I’ll always check the detail information. I wish Google can make more detailed information, especially for us. Like when I go to buy the fuel for my motorcycle, that the bathroom at the fuel-up station is also accessible. If we can share the information in Google Maps, it makes it easier for us to get everywhere, and makes it easier to make decisions on where we have to go. In my dream, all people can cooperate and direct me very easily where i can find an accessible place, accessible bathroom, make the accessibility in all places.