Any Community Can Be Made More Accessible, More Welcoming To
October 4, 2004
JUPITER, FLORIDA--Last week, dis-Abilities columnist Allan Appel looked at efforts by advocates in Port Clinton, Ohio to make their town more accessible.
Port Clinton is a small town of just over 6,000 residents on the shores of Lake Erie.
Late last year, the town formed a panel to deal with accessibility problems. That panel includes the mayor, city council president, safety-service director and executive director of a residential service center. A citizen volunteer group, working with the panel, has already initiated changes to sidewalks and curb cuts, and has gotten an automatic door installed at City Hall.
"These improvements do more than benefit those with disabilities," wrote Appel. "With our population aging, the elderly reap as much of a benefit as the disabled. Effectively, the quality of life of the entire community is enhanced."
"And Port Clinton stands to become a model of accessibility. Which can only be helpful in promoting tourism for the area."
"Making a community more accessible" (Scripps Howard News Service via Knoxville News-Sentinel)