Accessibility didn't stand out much when I started living my life with a spinal cord injury. To be honest, I was more caught up in the actual day to day living with a disability than being concerned with accessibility for people with disabilities.
Those days are gone. I am no longer afraid of the word disability. It's a part of my identity. It's who I am. In fact, I find myself talking and learning more about disabilities than ever before.
What I find myself thinking about and looking into the most when it comes to the disability community is disability and accessibility. So things like smooth sidewalks, street curbs, ramps, push to open door buttons, etc, make a huge difference when it comes to independence, but for some reason it's not a priority.
Somehow disability rights got left out the civil rights conversation in the 60s, legislated in 1990 through The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and forgot of in 2017. We're coming up on 2018 and we still can't get accessible restrooms in every building. This is definitely an education process that I look to be a part of.
With that said, this trail was pretty badass. Hiking outdoors has always been something I've been into but never got to experience because of its inaccessibility. I found a wheelchair friendly trail for the first time that was called The Happy Hills Trail. An ADA-compliant trail and my smart drive, don't mind if I do :)
After a week of working 3 booths at the @wildsheepfoundation , you make sure to bring home a thanks to your wife for being supportive and understanding. In my case, it’s coffee not flowers that are best. So get the best!