Saturday, July 18, 2015

Define “Accessible” (Part 2)

July 18, 2015

Just days after I posted about the difficulties of getting around on crutches, even in supposedly “Handicapped Accessible” places, I read that a lawyer in the St. Louis area is having a beef with the bar association for the same reason. The attorney is in a motorized scooter, and she couldn’t get into the bar association office because the door was big and heavy and didn’t have an automatic opener.

But she didn’t sue; she just refused to pay her dues, since she couldn’t get in.

(The association is now working with the building’s owners to fix the problem.)


Anonymous said...

Have you noticed places that have 3-4 handicapped parking spots right outside the door of a building only to discover that the only access ramp is actually 2 or 3 doors down from the parking spots?

Disabled people have said that they feel invisible. The other day when I was shopping and using an electric cart because of my broken ankle, I got a taste of what they mean. People kept cutting in front of me and then slowing to a crawl or stopping completely as if I weren't coming down the aisle in the electric cart, like they didn't even see me!

Peg said...

They're probably the same people who do that when they're driving.