Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fay Vincent on the Low Cost of Disability Accommodations

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent had this op-ed in the Wall Street Journal yesterday urging businesses to accommodate wheelchair users.  An excerpt:
I begin by urging the wide acceptance of toilet facilities with suitable bars and seats about four inches higher than normal. I know the cost of such a bathroom isn't great and the comfort and security such equipment offers the handicapped is enormous. 
I'm stunned by the number of doors in offices and other public places that aren't wide enough for my wheelchair—and by the number of door sills that make wheelchair use difficult. 
If the doorways were constructed to make it easy for the wheels of my chair to slide over the sills, the awkward occasions when the chair is unable to cross the sill would be avoided.

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