Travel on my Wheels a while

Diane, a friend I’ve mentioned before, posted a few pictures of her sojourns around Seattle.  I was shocked at some of the situations she and her wheels found themselves in.  Just the simple task of taking a walk around the block was a nightmare. Understanding the difficulties (though not impossibilities) that may be present in updating older buildings, there is no excuse 22 years since the passing of the ADA (American Disabilities Act) in 1990 by President Bush. It is even worse that there are modern structures lacking these amenities and shows a distinct lack of awareness for what it is like to travel in a wheelchair.

Here’s a few pictures of Diane (thank you, Diane for sharing these) and some obstacles she comes across on her morning walks. And though my MS has not yet put me here, we are seeing so many more of us or our loved ones facing this situation.

599866_3871951672241_158016234_nStarting on her morning walk








throughthejunglePeople, please…let’s trim the lawns. This grass is as high as her head!








stairstofountainGetting as close to the fountain as she can. (The rails behind here are where the stairs start.  There is no ADA access)








blockedOkay, here’s something I never thought of. Sad to say, I’ve done this myself.  But this car only leaves two choices for Diane.  Turn around to try to find some other way to her destination, or take the leap.







making the leapDiane, taking the leap, is attempting to maneuver her wheelchair around the car. She has to go into the street to do this.








morningcoffeeSafe and enjoying her morning Starbucks.








My point with these pictures is simply to let you see what Diane showed me in her posts.  Let’s try to stop and think for a minute.  No one expects us to break the bank instantly tearing down all our old buildings, uprooting neighborhoods, and so forth. But, we’re talking 22 years since the ADA was passed into law.  And yet, we still see things like this without someone even thinking about a wheelchair.

There are effective and often inexpensive ways we can help Diane and others like her with access to the everyday places most Americans take for granted:  Keep our sidewalks maintained, clear of both weeds and vehicles.  Make sure there ARE sidewalks.  If there aren’t sidewalks in our neighborhood, start asking the city what they are doing about making our town ADA compliant.

Other links of interest:
Bad Design Style
YTA – Yours Truly Accessibility
Special Needs Resource Project

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About Charlene

A knitting, quilting, crocheting, writing, progressive with a love of rescue animals, off-leash dog parks and a desire to improve my photography.
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3 Responses to Travel on my Wheels a while

  1. Dawn Gordon says:

    What a great example of what so many people in wheelchairs or powerchairs face each time they venture out for a stroll. Thanks for letting others see the situation and hopefully they will be more aware and considerate.


  2. scooter2012 says:

    I am one of the fortunate whose city has fairly good sidewalks–not perfect but mostly navigable. Another plus for an outing–our cemeteries provide some good, safe little streets to travel upon without danger of auto traffic.


    • Charlene says:

      I’m glad your city has gained perspective or a heart for the disabled. And cemetary paths never even occured to me…but I can see where that would work. Thanks for responding!


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