As a person who lived through the bad ol' pre-Americans with Disabilities Act, who saw multi-million dollar commercial properties erected that lacked access for those with mobility problems, who lived in a town with only a minimum number of curb cuts, who is presently in the process of retro-fitting a near-new house for wheelchair access, I am happy to see Terri O'Hare's article receiving national circulation.
A few years ago, a French energy company developed a TV spot that made the rounds of disabled advocates’ blogs as a quicktime movie. It shows a city scene packed with people. One man stands out: he walks slowly, carefully observing those around him. As the camera pulls back, we see he’s surrounded by pedestrians using wheelchairs, some walking with canes and guide dogs, some using sign language to converse with friends. He’s apparently the only non-disabled person in the city. The spot imaginatively conveyed the “otherness” people with disabilities experience as they negotiate most American cities, large or small.
Read Access Is Everything here.