Access is a means of approaching or entering a place.
With this in mind how does a disabled person access transportation for Doctor appoints, grocery shopping, work or just getting together with friends?
A year ago my wife had a freak accident falling and sustaining a bilateral femur fracture. What we thought was going to be a temporary set back has lingered for over a year. We live in rural Texas, so public transportation is non-existent. To meet Doctors appointments an ambulance service had to be called and scheduled.
I don’t know if you have ever ridden in an ambulance for any distance but it is very uncomfortable and very expensive. We decided to purchase a wheelchair accessible van which has given us both a sense of freedom. We no longer have to schedule an ambulance to pick up and deliver her to appointments, what a relief that is.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. This law was enacted to protect people with disabilities from discrimination and afford them the same rights as everyone else, this includes public transportation.
Cities with public transportation must provide buses, taxies, rails or subways accessible for the disabled and in some cases you will need to phone and schedule pick up. In the private sector Lyft and Uber are making progress in accommodating the disabled and with a little research you will find companies that rent wheelchair accessible vans by the day or by the week.
Entering A Place
Remember, access means to be able to enter a place, so if you are in a wheelchair and you know that the bus runs a block from where you live but you can’t get there because the sidewalk is damage or its not safe to travel on, guess what, its not ADA compliant. Sidewalks should be safe to travel with ramps for easy on and off access. The city may or may not know of the situation but once they know, it should become a priority repair.
Any public domain must be accessible according to ADA regulations. City governments have made great progress in these areas, its not where it should be but its going in the right direction.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau reported 56.7 million people in the United States have one or more disabilities. Almost 20% of the population, that’s one in five people that are dealing with disabilities. Our government started out behind the eight ball addressing these issues, so don’t expect to see immediate results in your area of need.
Through out history, by the time we recognize a need, draft and pass legislation to address the problem, we have a lot of catching up to do. unfortunately our government doesn’t get in the fast lane, they don’t get in the drive through at McDonalds.
If you know of an instance where they have let us know about it please, that should be an interest read!
With this population growing year by year more services will be required. The ADA will have its hands full overseeing regulations set forth for these folks. Disabilities are pretty much even with males at 12.5% and females at 12.7%. Older folks shoulder the load of disabilities, ages 65-74 years of age 25.4% and 75+ years of age are at 49.8%.
These numbers suggest for the most part, people age 18-74 are the ones moving about in public and are the ones needing access transportation for the disabled.
With Comitment Comes Success
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness has been given to all humans by our creator and which our government was created to protect. We must stay committed to this, to make sure we ALL make it the best life we can live!
It is more blessed to give than receive, give of yourself and help someone in their quest of Life, Liberty and their pursuit of Happiness!
To read more about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) go to https://adata.org
If you do extensive travel here in America or abroad check out this website https://wheelchairjimmy.com
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