The iconic logo for accessibility in modern culture is indicated by a blue sign and the image of a stick figure seated in a wheelchair. Since the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, a common misconception is that people with disabilities are those with physical limitations which affect large motor skills. Ramps, automatic doors, and bathroom stalls designed to accommodate these conditions are an obvious hallmark of an area that is considered accessible. But what about other challenges that people with different accessibility needs face every day?
Many people take for granted being able to drive up and order their favorite cup of coffee, or even a bag of take-out food. But what about giving access to the hearing impaired? Recently, video technology has been adopted by drive-thru establishments that allow customers to place their order by using ASL.
Crossing a busy street is enough of a challenge for someone with full use of their body, and mechanized wheelchairs assist greatly. But what about crossing a street for the visually impaired? The technology is improving that gives audible notification as to whether a street is safe to cross or not; however, many areas are implementing their availability at a glacial pace.
This is where Access Advocates are working to level the playing field and helping people with disabilities enjoy the same services and access as anyone, regardless of the physical challenges they face in their daily lives. Contact us if you have concerns about disability access in your area. We are all in this together.