A Mile on My Wheels

This is a great idea.
“About 40 members of the University’s chapter of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity gathered Sunday for the fourth-annual Wheel in their Shoes 5K. But instead of lacing up tennis shoes in preparation of the event, the brothers lowered themselves into wheelchairs for the trek across campus.” (Click here for the whole story.)
While I commend them on their effort, and the idea, I’d like to see them spend a few days in wheelchairs. Apparently, a group of city planners here in Portland spent some time experiencing the city in wheelchairs, but I don’t know if anything has changed here as a result. I’ve always thought that people who design accessible bathrooms should try them out in a wheelchair, to see for themselves what “accessible,” really means.
Just as I think every person should put in some time in the service sector – as waiters, customer service staff or low-level municipal workers – I think spending a little time experiencing the world blind or deaf or in a wheelchair would radically change everyones outlook and understanding.
And those criminals who game the system, lying about their need for handicapped access in airports and amusement parks should be sentenced to some period of time – is a month too little? – in wheelchairs.
Just sayin’.


Author: stephen

stephen harris is a writer, painter and a photographer who lives with his family in maine.

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