IamA 60 year-old disabled man (spino-cerebellar Ataxia, a genetic degenerative condition) who was fired due to my disability and am now working on creating the first affordable, accessible resort in Nepal with 3 other disabled men, AMA!
I'm an Indian man living in Toronto with spino-cerebellar ataxia, a degenerative muscle condition which started showing symptoms in my early 40s. I'm now permanently wheelchair-bound, and have issues with speech and motor skills. My daughter, a reddit user, is helping me with this AMA.
About a year ago, I was let go from my job as a financial analyst due to the perception that I wasn't able to keep up with the work (although this was not true, the company had recently changed owners and they were cleaning house). I have since been collecting long-term disability insurance, but am trying to get this business off the ground because I prefer to be gainfully employed!
I, along with 3 other men who are also wheelchair-users, are trying to set up Nepal's first affordable accessible resort, and are working to crowdfund it. Currently, the only accessible options are luxury and five-star travel options; most people with disabilities aren't able to afford this. The primary reason that we want to do this is that we all want to actually work and create something - the secondary reason is that we all feel that being differently-abled should not limit your access to the wonders of the world. Here's who we are:
Me - ex-banker, activist for disability and LGBT causes
Nepal’s only architect-in-a-wheelchair
A travel guide and parapalegic, who lost everything in the earthquake a few years ago
Travel consultant and activist for disability causes
My daughter (the redditor) thought our project might be something that is interesting for you to read about, so please do ask me anything either about the project, or about my partners, or about the ataxia! I will also be happy to provide the GoFundMe link for anyone interested.