Do you or your friend use a wheelchair? It is important to find out if where you want to go is accessible. This does not means just having ramps or no stairs. It also means having wide enough doorways, automatic doors, and accessible washrooms. If you are going to a theatre it means having accessible seating. Or you may have other needs—for special hearing or visual aids, or for a certain diet.
Good Friends Help with Accessibility
Nancy and Cathy enjoy going for walks. Nancy has limited eyesight. When she and Cathy go on outings together she takes Cathy’s arm. She does this especially where the ground is uneven or where there are steps. Cathy watches ahead for obstacles. Nancy has to think about accessibility when making plans. But having Cathy along makes it easier. Nancy knows she can count on Cathy.Listen
##Questions to ask before you make plans:##
* what supports do you need?
* what supports are needed by your friend or others in your group?
* is the place you are going accessible for all of you?
* do you need accessible transit to get there?
* is accessible transit available when you want to go?
If the place you are going is not accessible, you need to come up with a different plan. Be creative! There are lots of accessible alternatives. BUT don’t be afraid to call the place that is not accessible. Explain to them what the problem is. Explain how they are excluding you from participating. You can help them become more accessible.