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fridawrites

Oh, good, a short one! Joking--I'll check in again later.

fridawrites

Yes, absolutely, to all of these suggestions. Stages are a pain. So is hallway junk (my husband is guilty of this right now in one place). And more seating/useable *now* rather than perfect doorway ramps--definitely.

I wish all business owners would go through their business in a wheelchair for a day, and also think about people with more invisible disabilities (such as the seating suggestion).

Jodi

It's amazing what us able-bodied people take for granted. Besides making craft hamsters (I like you mash up idea, by the way), I'm a pediatric physical therapist and have some understanding of barriers to mobility.

Rick

I'm always astonished at how few folks clue in to accessibility issues once they have kids and start pushing a gigantor stroller around. The inconveniences you encounter when using one of those are things that are a real PITA for someone in a 'chair.

A couple of other things:

* detectable warning tiles where they're needed (kerbs, train platform edges, etc). I was astonished at how ubiquitous these things were in Japan.
* contrasting colours for the edges of stairs and other things that can be tough for folks with low vision to pick out
* obstacles below knee level. I still can't verbalize exactly why, but low obstacles (like the hallway clutter you mentioned) are a *huge* PITA for folks who are blind or have low vision. When guiding a friend of mine, I think we had more run-ins with this type of thing than any other.

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