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State Says Lifeguard Stations Must be Handicapped-Accessible

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the bob-the-lifeguard dept.

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Even though nobody but lifeguards use Clearwater Beach's lifeguard headquarters, Florida officials have decided that it must be handicapped-accessible. "It's odd. Obviously no one here is handicapped. No one in a wheelchair has ever asked to come up here," head lifeguard Donovan Burns said. From the article: "Clearwater officials are a bit baffled by the order to make the upper floors handicapped-accessible. They expected to get a waiver so they could skip that requirement, but the state turned them down."

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It gets better (2, Informative)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#33007016)

In New Hampshire White Mountains, the Application Mountain Club was renovating a cabin, two miles up a mountain from the trail-head. The State made them put a handicapped ramp on the front of it. And the materials are all carried in by humans.

To celebrate this achievement of the ADA some wheelchair-bound person had himself carried up to the cabin so he could roll up and down it. This is why people hate the ADA and why it hurts handicapped people. Penn & Teller's Bullshit! episode has a good treatment of the subject.

Re:It gets better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33025926)

[bridgew.edu] "On the morning of August 15, 2000, three hikers in wheelchairs, two hikers on crutches, and their 20-member support crew of family, friends, and volunteers set out on what would become an historic hike to prove the naysayers wrong. ... The hike, organized by Northeast Passage, a University of New Hampshire-based outdoor recreation program for individuals with disabilities, received national attention and front-page coverage in The New York Times (August 17,2000).

The 12-hour ascent up the mountain trail-which critics said individuals with disabilities would never use-began through mud and over slippery boulders, thick roots, and narrow bridges. In addition to ropes, spare wheels, tents, and sleeping bags, the hikers devised a variety of techniques. For example, two metal rickshaw poles were added to the front of wheelchairs, thus enabling two people to lift the front casters over rocks and boulders."

The key question: "a local television reporter asked- 'Why people in wheelchairs could drag themselves up the trail and not drag themselves up the steps to the hut'"

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Handicapped have right too! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33016504)

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Sigh... (2, Informative)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032390)

Next they'll be complaining that the stages in strip clubs should be handicapped accessible... Oh, wait. [nwsource.com]
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