the black” was sentenced to life in prison for murder, he was an ideal
cellmate. Not only was this 1920s convict innocent of his crime, he was a dog.
A literal labrador retriever.
starts in the 1920s at Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, the largest
and most expensive public building in history at the time of its construction.
It was one of the first prisons to isolate prisoners as a rehabilitation tool.
Before Eastern State, it was standard to force inmate into silent labor
"with the goal of punishing the accused instead of reforming them,"
reports Now I Know.
Governor Gifford Pinchot wanted to help change the state of the U.S. prison
system. He believed inmates could be reformed, and solitary confinement was not
the way. Enter Pep, the Pinchots' black lab who liked to chew cushions.
family bred labradors, which gave the governor an idea. He
"sentenced" Pep, who was a relatively bad-behaved dog, to life in
prison at Eastern State for murdering his wife's cat.
This cutesy backstory (he
wasn't really a kitty killer) was much more fun than simply saying Pinchot was
donating a therapy dog. The prison played along with the colorful tale, too.
Pep had his mugshot snapped with his inmate number, C2559. Not a real inmate
himself, Pep freely roamed around as the cutest morale-booster in the cell
its grand architecture and strict discipline, Eastern State Penitentiary was
the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire
penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners.
visitors with special needs visit Eastern State Penitentiary every year.
said, the penitentiary complex is not fully ADA compliant. The building is
nearly 200 years old and is a National Historic Landmark. Sections of it may
never be fully accessible.
There is a
small exhibit and gift shop that are only accessible by a set of three steps.
This section of the penitentiary can easily be bypassed.
The rest of the tour
route is equipped with ADA compliant ramps and meets most ADA guidelines.
service animals, or service animals in training are welcome.
equipment used for "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour includes
special features for those with sight, hearing and mobility impairments.
special features include raised dots that indicate the number five on the
keypad, color-coded and shaped control buttons, compatibility with hearing aid
T-switch, lightweight design with comfortable carrying strap and
telephone-style keypads with backlit buttons.
BUT LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF HOUSING IS MOVE-IN READY
TO ACCOMMODATE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY
Design is NOT some rare thing for a small special interest group.
It is mainstream and as such deserves a huge boost in public policy rewrites,
zoning code changes, economic development incentives, inclusive mobility solutions,
connectivity infrastructure improvements.
engineers, urban designers, transit planners, public works directors, home
builders, developers and real estate agents must be better educated.
We cannot keep pretending that at age 60, 70, 80...that we will have the exact
same mobility as age 20 and 30.
We MUST erase the shameful history of segregating people with disabilities to
the projects and "special" communities.
The state of being disabled is as much a part of the definition of "normal
as being African American, Jewish, LBGT, tall, short, fat, skinny, male,
female, rich, poor.
We cannot, as a democratic society, continue to perpetuate the myth that
mobility impairment is some “one in a billion” freakish thing that results in
separating a person with a disability from living a full life mainstreamed into
the bounty of our nation.
These words are not a rant, they are a logical, focused and accurate reaction to an independent survey published by AARP.
For an old
eastern seaboard city, Philadelphia has made great strides toward being more
accessible to people with disabilities.
century exhibit proves that Philly is getting it, in terms of
infrastructure and mindset:
Museum launched a new exhibition called access/ABILITY. This traveling,
interactive exhibit will be in Philadelphia through April 24, 2011.
developed by the Boston Children’s Museum and was designed to show the
similarities and differences in how each of us, with or without disabilities,
goes places, communicates, has fun, and learns.
will have a chance to learn a few phrases in American Sign Language, type their
name in Braille and try out a hand-pedaled bike.
There’s also an opportunity
for kids to interact with a puppet with cerebral palsy and try to navigate up a
ramp and through a door in a wheelchair.
The PHLASH downtown
loop bus offers quick and inexpensive transit service to popular attractions
wheelchair-accessible bus PHLASH has added two new stops to its route: one
in front of The Franklin Institute, and another that’s just two blocks from the
are located near Penn’s Landing, the National Museum of Jewish American
History, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin
Museum, the Perelman Building, Eastern State Penitentiary, the National
Constitution Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal
Market, the Shops at Liberty Place, the Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia
Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck and the Museum of the American Revolution.
RIAD TAGHAZOUT IS HELPING MAKE
MARRAKESH A REALITY
folks at Riad Taghazout have answered my every question, leading up to my
booking for a week-plus in their well-located, budget-friendly accommodations.
website could use a little better English translation, but that’s part of the fun
TAGHAZOUT is a good example of traditional only styles moroccan accomodation
right in the lentre of beautiful Medina of marrakech real close to the famous
DJAMAA el FANAA square and the souk (3m walle) and 5 m walking from the
koutoubia, Palais BADIAA and PALAIS BAHIA.
week, we were driving to the hardware store, after just loading the car with
roughly $100 with of fresh starter litter, cat food and other items to help a
family foster a stray cat.
the corner just 2 blocks from our house and saw the Meow Mobile – the Cat
Network’s mobile spay/neuter clinic.
in our tracks and offered to donate the items.
who took them said to help her lug them to her porch next door.
We didn’t recognize
her, but turns out she’s a long-time resident who volunteers with Cat Network
and brings their mobile clinic to our Shenandoah neighborhood many times per
When we got
to her house, we saw the most wonderful flag that embraces diversity.
specifically spells out respect for disabilities.
feel that somehow disability is left off far too many lists of diversity that
make this nation great. So it's great to see disability embraced – despite the fascist efforts of #45 and the current
right wing GOP.
comes from Nasty Women Get Shit Done – a Portland group of progressives
resisting the currently oppressive insane person in the White House.
out, you can even order a yard sign like the one in the picture on this blog
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