Point of blog:
Is to try to make NYC more wheelchair friendly.
Who am I?
I’m a young adult, a dwarf and a wheelchair user from downtown, NYC.
Can you help?
Yes please send me any photos or interesting info on accessibility in NY or around the world.
A little tip. My local library is loud and annoying so I just got a pin for my library card to go online and put the books on reserve. It just blows me away that I can pick out all the books I want and it will me waiting for me near the front door. Do yourself a favor go to nypl.org and sign up. that way you never have to worry about a book being too high or too low or something being in your way. Kudos to New York Public Library for making things more accessible.
fyi- you don’t have to be a wheelchair user to take advantage of the NYPL online.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Life just has away of stealing me. Stay tune
Great question! If you ever happen to be at those restaurants again try taking a photo of the sign and the steps. That I could post on this blog. Sadly I haven’t heard of a 1-800 police for ADA to call about this. Ada does have a website you can file a complaint at. www.ada.gov
I’ll ask some of my friends what they do. I personally just blog about it and complain to the manager of the restaurant/ store. Thanks for being on the look out!
I have been super busy lately and hope to find more time for this blog. Wish we could an hour to my day just for blogging. I love blogging! In the mean time please enjoy this summer weather and eat ice creams!
Sorry I have not been posting a lot in the last few months, I didn’t forget about it! I recently became the Executive Director of the First Annual Morquio Syndrome Conference and I’ve been very busy organizing the two day event. If you have Morquio Syndrome, please send me your email. So I can send you an official invitation!
In the meantime, if you come across any interesting articles, blog posts or photos related to the issues of accessibility or disability awareness, send them my way and I will do my best to blog about it.
First I want to start out by thanking my followers and everyone who has offered their support in my desire to begin blogging. I hope you will continue to read and spread the word by telling your friends, family and co-workers about it!
Here is a little recap of 2011:
When I started this blog about six months ago, the idea was to write about all the missing curb cuts in New York City. Overtime, I wanted to discuss other issues of accessibility by adding interesting articles and other blog posts.
For those of you who are following my blog and are in wheelchairs or can’t step up on to a sidewalk without ramp, here is the “master list” of the New York City blocks that I’ve discovered lack curb cuts. I suggest you copy this list and put it into your mobile phone or mark this on a map so you don’t have the same frustrations I have! Keep in mind, this isn’t all of the non-ramped blocks in the city so stay tuned!
Does anyone know where I might buy a good street map of Manhattan? I would love to make an “Accessibility Map” that has all the missing curb cuts listed. Let me know!
Most importantly, happy new year! I hope 2012 brings great things to you & yours!
I love that people are re-thinking ways to make Santa more friendly to all kids, especially for those with Autism who may not be comfortable sitting on Santa’s lap in the traditional sense. This article on the Huffington Post discusses this important form of accessibility.
I’ve never thought of riding RVs but it is an innovative concept to adapt an RV into an accessible vehicle for your wheelchair. There is this great website all about traveling for wheelchair users called Wheelchair Traveling. Even if you’re not into road trips, you should check the site out for more information on accessible RVs and some great photos. They also have tips on traveling around the world in your own wheelchair by airplane, boat or car. I hope to try some of their tips out someday.
I loved this great, but old, article on People magazine online about a child who has the ability to hear but deaf parents and struggles to communicate when she grows up.
"‘I’m not going to have anything to do with a bill that does not respect the rights of the disabled community,’ Gov. Cuomo said…" This quote from the NYpost might be my favorite line in the whole article!
According to the NYpost these are the ten worst elevators in New York City. Interestingly, they are all located in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can also see them listed on the Department of Buildings website as well.
Though I’ve had to deal with some annoying elevator situations, they haven’t been too extreme. Regardless, here are some safety tips from the Department of NYC Buildings for entering and leaving an elevator. They also have some helpful tips in case you happen to get stuck in an elevator.