Anita Thompson, who uses a wheelchair, has recently relocated to Austin, Texas. She was astonished to find the lack of accessibility in the city. Thompson finds the deficiency of handicap accessibility in local communities to be quite alarming.
During her time exploring Austin, she has found there are minimal handicap-accessible businesses. She even had difficulty finding accessible sidewalks. Some people she encountered were helpful, but many were very rude. Even people who were supposed to be “service providers” weren’t the nicest of people. She says, “They did not attempt to assist me, even when it was obvious that I could not enter the place of business without their help, due to the lack of push buttons to open a door automatically.”
Thompson believes every community should provide access for ALL the citizens. Every business-related building and transportation system should be handicap accessible. Many older buildings have not been remodeled to accommodate people with disabilities. Thompson says, “It is difficult for me to believe that, today, so many businesses have not made the adjustments necessary to ensure that those with handicaps can utilize the services as mandated by law.”