I attended a basketball game at Harmony Elementary School on Dec. 14. I found it rather disturbing when I asked the lady at the door “If I was to bring someone who is in a wheelchair, is there any way I could get them in here?”
She seemed confused for a minute then said “No, there isn’t.”
When the game was over the same lady asked a man if there was a way.
The man said “Well I guess we could let them in the side door. Uh, I mean if we had to.”
I wanted to say “Oh well I don’t want to inconvenience you.”
The next day I went to Central Elementary School for a ballgame. I was shocked to see a lady trying to carry her rolling walker up nine steep steps with a man holding her back so she wouldn’t lose her balance.
(Someone said they have an elevator but no one had a key.)
These are ball games, open to the public, charging admission. I don’t feel a person who is handicapped, young or old, should be made to feel as though they are an inconvenience to be accommodated to have access into the gym.
I just found the whole situation disheartening. I do know if I wanted to bring my father to see his great-grandchild play ball in the gym at either of these schools, he would not be able to attend.
How many schools are like this? Is there something we can do?
Thank you Union Grove Elementary for having a gym that is handicap accessible.