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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

People with Disabilities are Not Innately Vulnerable (Part 1)

But when they are left out of the adaptation planning process — the consequences can be disastrous
Considering that one in five people on Earth will experience some type of life impacting disability in their life (some researchers say one in four), being a person with a disability is mainstream.

But a century of modern building and planning in the United States has created a barrier-filled built environment where people with disabilities continue to be limited by:

poor mobility and transit, civic and private buildings, park and open space, and dozens of other elements of inaccessible infrastructure.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Should cut monthly fee -- Part 2

$45 per month is way too much to pay for a phone app and no in person meetings

WW (Weight Watchers) must cut monthly fee. I'm a fan. I've lost 35 pounds. But a billion dollar company can cut its price in half during a pandemic. People can't afford to pay $45 per month while in person meetings are canceled. https://urbantravelandaccessibility.blogspot.com/2020/03/honeybear-siamese-cat-part-2.html
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Monday, March 30, 2020

WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Should cut monthly fee

$45 per month is way too much to pay for a phone app and no in person meetings
Is WW (formerly Weight Watchers) considering charging half price?

With all due respect to online, for me it is about 1/10 the experience of in person.

Our nation is hit with job loss, reduced hours, increased child care costs, loss of nest egg.
If WW cares, it would cut fees during crisis.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

CELEBRATING 225,000 READERS

PROUD TO SHARE MY WORDS AND IMAGES WITH THE WORLD


This blog has been around for nearly a decade.

More than 2,500 stories have been posted.

Nearly 2,000 original color images – taken on a series of Nikon Digital cameras by yours truly – have been posted.

The advocacy for people with disabilities has been ramped up.

The vivid color photography has portrayed street life in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Istanbul, Marrakech, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Mexico City and dozens of urban locations in the USA.

The text would fill nearly four books.

The topics are relevant to urban designers, town planners, mobility engineers, landscape architects, architects, sustainability experts and others who impact our built environment.



Thursday, March 26, 2020

New Airline Seat Design Will Allow Disabled Passengers to Fly in Their Own Wheelchairs

MY PREDICTION -- IT WON'T BE IN WIDE USE FOR ANOTHER TWO DECADES


When I saw this story, I smiled and my heart fluttered a bit.

Maybe, not long after things get back to normal, maybe people with disabilities could fly like the rest of human beings.

No more shameful percentage of damaged wheelchairs.

No more laws that treat wheelchairs like luggage instead of the legs and essential mobility of millions.

And end to business people who uses wheelchairs for mobility wearing diapers because planes are designed to prevent them from making it to the bathroom that is too small for them to get into or use.

A gradual end to people with disabilities being the most unemployed and under employed of any minority group.

Then I caught myself.

This is one small firm’s dream.

It is seeking crowd sourced funding.

That means not a single air carrier is interested in investing toward pathway to being inclusive.

It means or president, senate and house of congress doesn’t give a damn about government research funding for design that would uplift the lives of tens of millions.

It means no aircraft mechanic, flight attendant, pilot or other union wants to end painful and wicked discrimination by making a stand for onboard wheelchair access.

It means there’s a better than 50-50 chance that my wife and I will be dead and buried long before there’s so much as a test flight on a one hour short route.


It means the only efficient means for business travel will remain largely off limits and discriminatory against people with disabilities.