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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Living in a big city

by Donna J. Jodhan

In a city that never sleeps! Where everyone is focused on getting to their destination at any given time and where the main objective is to stay ahead of the game; we need to remember the needs of our disabled community. So many of us are taken up with doing our best to keep our heads above water so just imagine what it is like for the disabled.

Many of them have to struggle to stay as independent as they can but in so doing they need a bit of help and support. They need to be able to shop at supermarkets that provide shopping assistance. They need to have access to social amenities and sporting activities. They need to be able to get around independently on public transit and if there are challenges, then there needs to be some sort of volunteer service that they can access in order to help them cope.

More often than not, disabled residents of a big city have difficulty getting to medical appointments. Their social lives are greatly impeded because of distance and an inability to obtain adequate transportation. Above all, they do not have the financial ability to pay for what is needed. Then there is the difficulty of being able to negotiate busy streets that are not outfitted with audible pedestrian crossing signals. Malls and restaurants that do not have accessible ramps and washrooms. The same for cinemas and theatres. Sidewalks that are often cluttered with not just persons, but with objects lying around.

I think that you have the picture by now. Not easy living in a big city as a disabled person. p>I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and tell the world that yes indeed! Blind persons can certainly enjoy things by using their sense of touch. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
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