Disabled Face Even More Challenges as Society Reopens

July 1, 2020

    The move to reopen society may be particularly challenging for those with disabilities.

    As restaurants set up tables outside, on the pavement, those who find it already tough to navigate public sidewalks may find it more challenging, especially if you already have them in day-to-day life.

    "It can really present some navigation challenges and potentially full on barriers for somebody moving from point A to point B in a wheelchair," LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Senior Director of Programs Scott Blanks told KCBS Radio.

    LightHouse is one of several advocacy groups pleading with San Francisco city officials to include those with disabilities as reopening rules and guidelines are written.

    "Knowing that there are significant populations of blind and disabled folks in San Francisco and who may even wish to come to San Francisco to help support some return to normalcy, that they will be able to work with, have conversations with and include the various disability communities and organizations who can help guide them to ensure that these policies are equitable," Blanks said.

    He’s hopeful the city reacts.

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