Friday, March 23, 2012

Wheelchair Accessible Events: St. Patrick's Day Recap

Many wheelchair users have experienced being in large crowds at large events and having to spend much of the day watching someone's back, trying to find a parking space, an accessible bathroom, and dealing with many other obstacles. Sometimes, people with disabilities avoid large events altogether in order to avoid the annoyance. Add the hundreds of thousands of people drinking green beer to the mix, during St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia, and you have the situation Barry Helmey chooses to partake in annually.

Savannah has increased curb cuts by several thousand over the past few years, and the city is now looking into wheelchair only seating areas for its St. Patrick's Day Parade, similar to what one may find in a major stadium. Hopefully, Savannah will continue to improve the experience at its St. Patrick's Day Parade for people with disabilities and set an example for other cities with major events.

To learn more about measures Savannah is considering to improve the St. Patrick's Day experience for people with disabilities, check out the link below...

http://savannahnow.com/news/2012-03-16/disabilities-provide-different-savannah-st-patricks-day-parade-perspective

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