Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Restaurant access

September 8, 2017

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To the editor:

As a care provider for my husband who’s in a wheelchair, I’m faced with this problem. Most of the restaurants have curb cuts and handicapped parking spaces, and that’s great. But what they all don’t have is a button that I or another person who’s pushing the wheelchair can push to open the door for us.

It’s impossible for us to open the door, which is usually heavy, and push the wheelchair in over the threshold at the same time. We usually have to wait for someone to open the door for us, when someone is hopefully and generously around to do it. And the curb cuts should be close to the handicapped parking places, not at the other end of the parking lot. This is very frustrating, and hopefully it will change soon.

And then some restaurants even have double doors, where you first go in one set of doors, only to be confronted by another set where you have to face the same problem of opening the door and pushing the wheelchairs through. Help!

Comments

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 2 months, 1 week ago

I walk with a cane, and I certainly agree with you.

Louis Kannen 2 months, 1 week ago

Society's generally ego-centric non-concern for the wheelchair-bound, including Lawrence's very own 'Music Man' and his caregiver companion is so incredibly sad. I applaud Mary Ann Kiefer's letter and excellent accessibility suggestions. Going forward, any new businesses wanting 'access' to the community should be required to implement these types of features. If that seems too much to ask, then I would suggest that their attempts to 'give us the business' are not at all welcome.

Richard Aronoff 2 months, 1 week ago

I have some experience with this. You might try backing in.

Larry Sturm 2 months, 1 week ago

Along with store entrances big retail stores like Kohls JC Pennys Sears and many other large retail outlets would do well to look at electric carts people that have mobility problems but don't need a wheel chair for daily living will not use a wheel chair and will not shop in those stores. they are loosing out on a large group or shoppers.

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