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A few weekends ago, I went to Cape Cod with my family. At the beach, there was no beach wheelchair—one specifically designed to push easily on the sand. It’s not required or even a common thing for a beach to have one, but it’s nice when there is one. Without the wheelchair there to bring me down towards the water when it gets too hot, I ended up just sitting there, baking in the sun. This made me think about the different handicap accessible things that work well and others that I wish worked better. Being handicapped has its pros and its cons. Yes, what us handicapped people have to go through on a daily basis isn’t fun, but society helps us out… sometimes.
Handicap door openers: Thank you. Just thank you. In today’s world, I am seeing more and more of these buttons around buildings. They look simple, but you have no idea how much they can do for someone who has difficulty opening the door on their own.
ADA: The American Disability Act, which is essentially a law stating that buildings, condos, restaurants, etc. that are built after the law passed must be handicap accessible. There are many more awesome details about this law, such as that a person who is physically disabled cannot be disqualified from getting a job or be mistreated in the workplace.
Beach wheelchairs: As I was saying earlier, beach wheelchairs are awesome. They are easy to use and they make the lives of the physically handicapped much more enjoyable at the beach. However, they are not required nor available at all beaches, so I wish there was a law stating that a public beach must provide at least one beach wheelchair.
“Grandfathered in” places: Going off of the ADA law, every building built prior to 1994 is grandfathered in. Meaning that they don’t have to be handicap accessible. Most all restaurants, bars and apartments nowadays have stairs, and since a lot of them were first built prior to 1994, they are grandfathered in and do not need to be renovated, which stinks.
Parking: Handicap parking is awesome, as there are usually enough spots available. However, some people don’t always park as well as they should, which makes things much more difficult. Below is a photo of what I’m talking about… We just have to be better – that’s really all that I can say.
There are many more handicap accessible pros and cons out there that I didn’t mention. So if there are any that I forgot about feel free to comment below.