Experienced the world in a whole new way today. People, we have some work to do.

April 23rd, 2014, 3pm

There are many instances in life for which we take things for granted. The ability to be mobile and gain access to desired areas isn’t something the majority of us think about. However, for those whose mobility depends on the use of a wheelchair, deciding how to get from point A to point B is a constant struggle. In a class assignment I was tasked with the challenge to travel all around the University of Nevada, Reno campus completing a myriad of errands along the way. In my travels I not only discovered how difficult and time-consuming travel by wheelchair is, but also how inaccessible much of the built environment really is. From cramped corridors to steep hills and heavy, non-automated doorways, traveling across campus was no easy feat. 1.7 miles and an hour and a half later marked the completion of my trip. I found it unfortunate that completing these seemingly simple tasks took so much time; far longer than it would have for someone who has the use of their legs. Sadly, I had never given this issue much thought before. As a society, we have a responsibility to make our shared built environment accessible for all. So what can we do? Design our facilities so that they may accommodate everyone’s needs. This means providing transportation, having more direct routes, open concepts indoors, with accessibility buttons, ramps and lifts where needed. Our facilities should be accessible to all and by making these changes we can begin the process of achieving it.

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Lisa Leon

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