Disability access issues
By Kevin Gadsey
May 28, 2007
This letter is written in addition to Liz Lybrand's letter to
SITNews on Thursday regarding wheelchair sidewalk access. Lybrand
noted several places where she experiences difficulty in her
wheelchair and shared that she had contacted city officials with
the same information. She asked if something can be done now
to solve these issues.
From my own experience as an advocate for accessibility, I know
that a lot can be accomplished if we all work together in a solution-oriented,
patient atmosphere. So far, city officials have shown a willingness
to improve accessibility in Ketchikan.
Mayor Weinstein stopped me on the sidewalk two months ago and
let me know that he'd like me to let him know of any access issues,
under my "hat" as a representative of SAIL. This
impressed me deeply.
When Jessi Chapman testified before the City Council on May 17
about accessibility, every Councilmember responded positively,
wanting to find solutions. Even now, residents with disabilities
are reporting that they have noticed repairs of a few sidewalks
just this week.
So I'm excited about the possibility of seeing improved access
for all people here in Ketchikan, from persons with disabilities
to mothers pushing strollers. Thanks to the city officials for
hearing and responding quickly to the needs of the citizens!
Received May 27, 2007 - Published May 28, 2007
About: " A scooter wheelchair
user, Kevin Gadsey recently relocated to Ketchikan after 2.5
years in Juneau where he served on the CBJ ADA Committee. He
works as an Independent Living Specialist for Southeast Alaska
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access By Liz Lybrand - Ketchikan, AK
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