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  • I'm in the local paper!

    Sorry, I don't mean to brag, but I'm glad I stepped up and raised the issue of accessibility in our city. It was spitting rain during the photoshoot, so I'm looking like a drowned rat, but that's besides the point.

    Last edited by KiranA; 12-16-2009, 03:22 PM.

  • #2
    Hell, why not brag? Good for you Kiran - hope good things come from it!


    P.S. - 'drowned rat' - only if you insist -- but you look like a hot drowned rat...

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    • #3
      Nice piece Kiran. Very nice bit of advocacy. Be proud of yourself.
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      • #4
        I've added your photo to my stalk pile.

        Nicely done!

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        • #5
          My son was also in the paper recently:
          http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...86/detail.html

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          • #6
            good stuff!
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            • #7
              This is so timely Kiran. Last night I went to a staff Christmas party thrown by the local elementary school. It was held at the Country Club at the golf course. We drove up the driveway and found two well marked handicapped parking spaces at the entrance. The front entrance had a flight of steps and no ramp. There was no signage for an accessible entrance, so I looked around one side while my date looked around the other side. We met back in front and each reported that we had found no accessible entrance. My date went inside to ask the location of the accessible entrance. All she got was an apology that they did not have one and an offer to have me carried up the steps. She knows me well enough to know that wasn't going to work for me. She was angry with the club for not having access. She was angry at herself for assuming the club would be accessible. We left and had a nice time at other establishments, but we certainly were overdressed in those shorts and tee shirt places.

              Today, the school principal called to apologize. She said that she never dreamed that there wouldn't be wheelchair access in a country club in the year 2009. She was mortified.

              I've got a little research to do. The country club is private, but the facility was rented. Not sure exactly what their legal obligation is to conform with ADA, but I suspect they are not in compliance. Either way, I'm going to help them accelerate their future plans for wheelchair access. I'm guessing I can persuade them to make it a high priority.
              Foolish

              "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

              "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

              "Dream big, you might never wake up!"- Snoop Dogg

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              • #8
                Good advocacy work, Kiran. You should be proud!

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                • #9
                  I got my picture in the paper too (below)

                  But seriously good job on getting the issue(s) out there, if more people had more guts like you two,(myself included), and used the media to speak up there would be a lot more changes made. But it still sucks we have to go to that extreme to make things happen.

                  Originally posted by P.S. - 'drowned rat' - only if you insist -- but you look like a [I
                  hot[/I] drowned rat...
                  Amen




                  BTW I'm the one near the center with black hair.
                  'Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" - Anais Nin

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hot_wheels View Post
                    I got my picture in the paper too (below)

                    But seriously good job on getting the issue(s) out there, if more people had more guts like you two,(myself included), and used the media to speak up there would be a lot more changes made. But it still sucks we have to go to that extreme to make things happen.



                    Amen




                    BTW I'm the one near the center with black hair.
                    hot wheels.....friggin awesome with the "i am the one near the center...." i am less concerned with getting in to a bar than i am off having a direct shot to an accessible pisser when i get there. not too hard to rally a few drunken 20 somethings to show off their strenght and kindness in front of a pack of drunken hussies......that is just me, that is how i roll

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by smirking1 View Post
                      i am less concerned with getting in to a bar than i am off having a direct shot to an accessible pisser when i get there. not too hard to rally a few drunken 20 somethings to show off their strenght and kindness in front of a pack of drunken hussies......that is just me, that is how i roll
                      Yeah i am the same way if it's got stairs, it got stairs. There's no point letting it stop you, let them lift you up and have fun, but it's got to have a accessible toilet or at least have carpet and poor lighting.
                      But given a choice i would rather have a place that i can get into by myself and have a w/c toilet and what it really comes down to is having that choice.
                      'Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" - Anais Nin

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                      • #12
                        When I was younger, getting into where the fun was happening was my only concern. I would crawl up steps dragging my wheelchair behind me if that is what it took to be with my friends. Fast forward to the present. I'm over that. The ADA is the law. It's time that establishments stop treating it as if it was merely a set of suggestions. There is no party fun enough that I'm going to be carried into a place that should have been made accessible decades ago. There have been many renovations to the country club in the 19 years since the passage of the ADA.

                        Without people advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, PWD would still be called "shut-ins". Knock down a barrier today.
                        Foolish

                        "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

                        "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

                        "Dream big, you might never wake up!"- Snoop Dogg

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                        • #13
                          Update: Private membership clubs aren't covered by ADA. But when they rent their facilities to non-members they become subject to the ADA Title III requirements.

                          I filed a formal complaint with my City Code Compliance Supervisor. She will do a site inspection this afternoon, and she is alerting the building department to also inspect the building this week.
                          Foolish

                          "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

                          "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

                          "Dream big, you might never wake up!"- Snoop Dogg

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                          • #14
                            Like Foolish Old, my clubbing days are over. These days I get choked when I go into a coffee shop and all the tables are those skyhigh café tables. No tables are accessible, but they always have an accessible washroom!

                            Good work Kiran. Love to see British Colombians carrying on the tradition of demanding accessibility.

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                            • #15
                              good job!!
                              Get involved in politics as if your life depended on it, because it does. -- Justin Dart

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