Americans with Disabilities Act and MS: Question of the Week

Vicki Health Guide October 22, 2012
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law more than 20 years ago. George H.W. Bush signed the bill in July of 1990. Do you think the ADA is a good law for those of us with disabilities? If yes, why? If no, why not? The ADA was written when disabilities rights groups shared drafts ...

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  • wheeliegirl
    Nov. 08, 2012

    I find that even if there is accessibility in the rest rooms I still can't get open (while in my wheelchair) the door to the bathroom without having to ask for help. Or the handicapped stall placed in a way I can't fit my  chair in or much less be able to close the stall door.

    I also have to comment on the places that do have handicapped bathrooms located...

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    I find that even if there is accessibility in the rest rooms I still can't get open (while in my wheelchair) the door to the bathroom without having to ask for help. Or the handicapped stall placed in a way I can't fit my  chair in or much less be able to close the stall door.

    I also have to comment on the places that do have handicapped bathrooms located up the stairs.Undecided I think that its a form of segregation. Those who can make it up the stairs or able to open the rest room doors can use our rest rooms. As long as they are complying to the ADA rules right .Wink

    • Vicki
      Health Guide
      Dec. 02, 2012

      Hi Wheeliegirl,

      I know those restaurants that I called before I went, and they seem to have waiters that assure you your wheelchair can surely make it up those steps. The doors are so oftem unreachable. Some of them can be pushed open, but too many need to be pulled.

       

      It is segregation. I do not think it is conscious, but still, it doesn't encourage wheelers...

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      Hi Wheeliegirl,

      I know those restaurants that I called before I went, and they seem to have waiters that assure you your wheelchair can surely make it up those steps. The doors are so oftem unreachable. Some of them can be pushed open, but too many need to be pulled.

       

      It is segregation. I do not think it is conscious, but still, it doesn't encourage wheelers like us to try new places. (we do anyway)

       

      The ADA has certainly helped with awareness of those of us with disabilities. We need to keep it up. One tool for designers of shops, cafes, public bathrooms, and the like would be a wheelchair. Maybe a good job would be a wheeler testing paths. New jobs, better access -- sounds good to me.

    • wheeliegirl
      Dec. 02, 2012

      You had a good restrant. I remember 4 years ago my family and I had gone to Disneyland . When we went to lunch we were told that it may be easier for me to go to this one restrant that was "wheelchair friendly". So we get to the front door and I was asked if I could walk to the table as they said the wheelchair could not fit around the tables. Since we were...

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      You had a good restrant. I remember 4 years ago my family and I had gone to Disneyland . When we went to lunch we were told that it may be easier for me to go to this one restrant that was "wheelchair friendly". So we get to the front door and I was asked if I could walk to the table as they said the wheelchair could not fit around the tables. Since we were starving my husband managed to get me to the table . We were told my wheelchair would be waiting for me up front. To our huge surprise my wheelchair was brought to the table! Needless to say we could have spit fire. They then procceeded to try to rush us to finish our  meal.  We've not been back since.  I want to say something to the manager but after that my husband just want to leave the park. Waste of a large amount of money. Sure they've got the bathrooms for us but the staff at that time was terrible. Your so right if the ADA was to send some real wheelchair users throughout theses places unanouced this may help.

  • Michaelbgerber
    Oct. 28, 2012

    Thank you for this post. It is something that we need to talk about.

     

     

     

    I think that the ADA is a great law. It is far from perfect, but it is a beginning and does need modification.  

     

    Travel to other countries and you will quickly learn how great it is here. In other places it is as though they have never heard of or seen a person...

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    Thank you for this post. It is something that we need to talk about.

     

     

     

    I think that the ADA is a great law. It is far from perfect, but it is a beginning and does need modification.  

     

    Travel to other countries and you will quickly learn how great it is here. In other places it is as though they have never heard of or seen a person with a disability. That may be because the city is are so in accessible that no one in a wheelchair would dare go! Yes, there is a lot of room for improvement. I for one have long felt that someone should sit in a wheelchair and then make design decisions. Counters would be lower, towel racks would be closer, and other items would be easier to reach. But for the most part, I think that we do it pretty well here and believe that there  has been and will continue to be a growing awareness of people with disabilities. That's a good thing.

     

    • Vicki
      Health Guide
      Dec. 02, 2012

      Hi Michael,

      The ADA was so exciting 22 years ago. This law was one way to start building awareness. We need to continue on a personal level. Look who I'm talking to -- you do so much in your community. Recruiting walkers and pledges for a start.

       

      Those of us who can might use you as a model and try new, exciting things. It is a good idea to continue raising...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi Michael,

      The ADA was so exciting 22 years ago. This law was one way to start building awareness. We need to continue on a personal level. Look who I'm talking to -- you do so much in your community. Recruiting walkers and pledges for a start.

       

      Those of us who can might use you as a model and try new, exciting things. It is a good idea to continue raising awareness for MS.