Story of a formal complaint process about riding the bus while disabled

A bad incident on the bus in June led me to file a formal complaint. I described the incident as it unfolded on Twitter, and then gathered the tweets about it here on Storify: Screaming wheelchair-hating SF MUNI bus driver. I routinely go through moments where bus drivers resist the idea of letting me on … Continue reading “Story of a formal complaint process about riding the bus while disabled”

Photoessay of the 805 Veterans disabled parking problem

Here is a visual explanation of part of the problem with disabled parking at this building. 1:48 pm Tuesday March 31st. I drove into the front parking lot. I could see the front 2 spots were full. I drove to the back. (I didn’t take a photo.) 1:50 pm Tuesday March 31st. All three spots … Continue reading “Photoessay of the 805 Veterans disabled parking problem”

Deconstructing Cheney's De-Inaugural Wheelchair

When I heard that Dick Cheney had pulled a muscle and was going to be attending the inauguration in a wheelchair, I was filled with deadly fascination. How would that play out? Would the inaugural ceremonies be even remotely accessible? Not bloody likely! Would he self-propel, or would someone push him? Would the person pushing … Continue reading “Deconstructing Cheney's De-Inaugural Wheelchair”

Caltrans evades legal responsibility for sidewalk ramps

soon it will be sloping and bumpy Originally uploaded by Liz Henry Ah, California. Sometimes you come through with your sidewalk accessibility, your ramps and ADA compliance, and sometimes you just don’t. I opened up my issue of New Mobility magazine this morning over coffee to find a brief and horrifying news snippet. Caltrans is … Continue reading “Caltrans evades legal responsibility for sidewalk ramps”

Talking with the city about ramps

After I sent a bit of an email blast to everyone in the city government I could think of who might be able to help, I got a super nice response. A city technician, Charlie, called me and left voicemail; I called him back and we met half an hour later outside my house. There … Continue reading “Talking with the city about ramps”

Apple store sued over ADA issues

Wow, I wonder why sue Apple in particular? Because most of these same things have happened to me in … well… pretty much every single store or public place I’ve been in. ON the other hand I was unusually ticked off at the Apple Store in Palo Alto a few weeks ago. A “genius” was … Continue reading “Apple store sued over ADA issues”

Hacking City Hall

My experiences with activism, and also my peripheral awareness of politically savvy friends, taught me some things that aren’t automatic knowledge. In this case, I would like a 4-way stop sign at an intersection near my house. I would also like curb cuts — sloping ramps from the sidewalks to the street — at the … Continue reading “Hacking City Hall”

In which I am cranky and grateful about access in Chicago!

(I wrote part of this before BlogHer but forgot to post it!) Anyone other people with disabilities going to BlogHer, by the way? I have not tried to mobilize to find out, but I’m wondering. I am going to be able to get around town pretty well with regular taxis. My wheelchair folds up and … Continue reading “In which I am cranky and grateful about access in Chicago!”