We have a long way to go in making places accessible for wheelchair users


By Tim Gort | The Grand Rapids Press
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on April 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM

As a father of two children with cerebral palsy, I have a combined 13 years of experience pushing wheelchairs.

I’ve pushed in public spaces, ranging from city sidewalks and shopping malls to public parks and state forests. I’ve pushed wheelchairs into doctor, specialist and pediatrician offices. I’ve pushed them through the woods, across ruts and rocks and plowed them across sand beaches.

In all of my years of pushing, I’ve realized that this world is not made for wheelchairs - at least the kind my children have. While our public spaces have come very far, many fall short.

Northern Michigan, where we live, is no exception. Accessibility is atrocious.

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