The fact that there are still far too many buildings that do not provide adequate accessibility for people with disabilities is a problem. However, it’s a particularly large issue when the buildings in question are shopping centers.
Consider for a moment an old town restaurant. Part of the charm of turn-of-the-last-century buildings meets the latest trends in dining. The ambiance and sense of history you just can’t get from a new building out in the suburbs is something that is often imitated but never duplicated. There is just one problem with this trendy new hot spot.
If you are a person with a disability or know someone who is, you need to be aware of everything around you. In other words, when you are trying to go anywhere, especially if a wheelchair is involved, you have to make sure that you can easily find a way to get into the building, move around, and – of course – exit in a safe manner.
But what happens if you run into places that simply don’t provide that kind of access? In that case, you need to find an expert.
Are you a person with a disability who relies on a wheelchair to get around? Have you ever encountered a building that was not accessible by you due to there being no wheelchair ramp?
Does this sound familiar to you? You are on your way to a job interview or a medical appointment only to find that the office where you are scheduled to go is inaccessible due to the fact that it is not wheelchair friendly.
If you or someone you love is in a wheelchair you know that although it has its difficulties, it doesn’t mean you should enjoy life any less than your peers. And of course, as we move into the middle of summer, this includes going on vacations. But what happens if you find that your vacation hotel or motel doesn’t have wheelchair access?
The important thing to know about the phrase “People with disabilities” is that “People” comes first.