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    • #11204
      Kevin Schaefer
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      Hello all. Brianna’s column this week details her struggles to acquire a tattoo because of an inaccessible parlor. I’m sure her stories here are relatable, especially the ignorance of the tattoo parlor owners who didn’t understand why the stairs in their building weren’t accessible. I’d love to hear some of your stories about this topic, and if you have any strategies for dealing with inaccessible events and buildings.

      Here’s the column: https://smanewstoday.com/2018/02/05/sma-accessibility-never-ending-quest-tattoo/

       

    • #11251
      DeAnn R
      Keymaster

      I had a similar experience when my sister and I went to get tattoos.  It amazes me that businesses don’t even give it a second thought.  Ended up going elsewhere.  What do you do when a business or restaurant isn’t accessible?  It’s happened to me surprisingly often.  Most often I don’t make an issue of it and go somewhere else, or patiently wait as the party I’m with checks it out.  From their end most often a cost issue is cited.  They feel bad, but not enough to change anything.  From my perspective it saddens my heart and feels like silent discrimination.  Might as well put a sign on the door, “Wheelchair users not welcome.”  What do you think?

      • #11252
        Kevin Schaefer
        Keymaster

        It really is a shame. I run into this issue occasionally, but fortunately not terribly often. If it does happen I usually notify the manager, but if it’s a case like Brianna’s here where she asked in advance if the place was accessible and they lied to her, I think it’s worth taking legal action.

    • #11258
      DeAnn R
      Keymaster

      I don’t think I would hassle with legal action, but it sure would be frustrating.

    • #11268
      Alyssa Silva
      Keymaster

      So often I encounter experiences like this. Just the other day, I drove by a church whose ramp began at the edge of a sidewalk curb. Having a ramp to avoid stairs and inaccessibility kind defeats the purpose when there’s a step to get onto the ramp. Guess I won’t be going there anytime soon!

      • #11273
        Kevin Schaefer
        Keymaster

        I hear you. When I was in college there were buildings just like that. Really? Who designed that? It’s a shame that this kind of inaccessibility is still a problem in many places.

    • #11282
      DeAnn R
      Keymaster

      I did a double take when I saw a sidewalk being poured leading to a ramp and they were pouring a step into the sidewalk!  Hoping I was wrong or there was alternative access.  People just don’t question plans I guess.

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