About disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

NYC MTA wouldn’t know disabled rights if it crawled over them!

For the 16 almost 17 years  that I have called New York home whenever the 7 train pulls up at queensboro plaza to connect with N or the Q  or reverse either way the connection is always right across the platform.

The signs around the subway stations have been advertising that the seven would stop at queens boro plaza instead of going all the way to grand central What they didn’t say was that when the q or the n got to queens boro plaza on the way to connect with the 7 to take us home to flushing that they had decided to stop it 40 feet below its normal platform at a station with no elevator.

So we approached the station customer service person pointed out there screw up had myself and any other disabled person crawling down 40 ft. of steep angled stairs on our asses his reply “no one forced you to catch a train”?

If you as a wheelchair using person catch the same train to connect to the same train for 16 years and it is always 10 feet across a flat platform you assume without public announcement it always will be.

Not tonight, I was forced to crawl out of my wheelchair onto the scummy slimy staircase floor then with Ella holding Zeus’s leash and a stranger carrying my chair for me to the bottom I was stepped over abused, sworn at laughed at and photographed and all the while not a single person helped or offered but the MTA public assistant officer did walk down the stairs past me and totally ignored me?

Way to go MTA  my dignity was left at the top of the stairs  and I’m probably on YouTube but when I have finished  with the MTA they will be wishing I was on a plane to anywhere else.

Flinders lane restaurant ave A and 10th if you’re accessible or Australian I have a bridge to sell you!

I have often written on these pages about the ends my darling goes to to pre plan our days out, and today was no different.

Ella was informed by a client mid-week about a new Aussie eatery called flinders lane, Aussie beer, Aussie tucker and wheelchair accessible? Can it get any better? Yes they had beer from my home town, now Ella not being one to listen to hearsay rang the establishment and a young very Aussie voice said “accessible yes we are pretty well and if you need help we will work it out”

Now our Buddhist group had an exhibition of  ancient Buddhist relics, so we went to Tibet house then we went organic food shopping in union square and had lunch at the ever amazing W hotel then we thought let’s roll to the new Aussie eatery  and check them out for another time? So we rolled all the way to ave A and we found it.

And as an aussie  I was embarrassed as a breed were normally pretty smart, but as you see below their version of accessible was to have a 6 inch step then barely two feet then the ramp which enters through a door so narrow my knuckles scraped on each door jamb. Then we turned to see the bar and it was down another 6-8 inch step?

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Who puts a step in front of a ramp?

There excuse “no one has complained before” WHEN WILL AMERICA GET THE MESSAGE WE DON’T TRAVEL WITH MUSCLEBOUND ASSISTANTS TO LIFT US, WE DON’T TRAVEL WITH PORTABLE RAMPS.

ACCESSIBLE MEANS ACCESSIBLE, IT MEANS WE CAN ROLL FROM THE STREET TO THE BAR FLAT OUT ON LEVEL GROUND PERIOD, THAT’S NOT MY OPINION IT’S FEDERAL LAW.

Federal law just like the health code, just like the liquor laws, just like the building code you don’t get to open by abiding by only half.

Get it together flinders lane you failed the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT and don’t get me started on your bullshit excuse for an Aussie menu or wine list.

“Your kind always complain wheelchair users are a pain women with strollers never complain!

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Yesterday morning, like every other Wednesday morning for the last 6 months has found me in the vicinity of 13th and 5th aver for PTSD therapy.

Yesterday I found myself two hours before  therapy with nothing to do, So I rolled down 6th ave to greenwhich, Someone told me that citarella has vegemite so I rolled into their 6th ave store near 10th ave.

As I approached the electric door it opened and hit something so it only opened three quarters. I sat halfway in the door and halfway out asking for staff but no one came so I got louder,  and finally a woman came and asked rudely what the problem is “the door won’t open “ I said, she looked and said it’s the baskets Sorry?

She replied ‘what are we meant to do?” move them so she called someone in Spanish and they proceeded to move over 100 plastic shopping baskets stacked along the wall of the entry way after a few complaints .

After ten minutes I could finally enter and the door opened completely, As I rolled in a Hispanic man in his fifties in a white coat rushed up to me and said quite abruptly  “what’s the problem?”, I said to him “it’s solved now there were baskets stacked blocking  the doorway but they were moved “, well I told them to put them back mothers in strollers never have a problem, it’s just your kind in wheelchairs that always whine and complain he said.

I looked over my shoulder and all the orange plastic baskets were back blocking the doorway.

As I rolled quickly around the store every second aisle was blocked by boxes and displays. As I rolled back towards the door to leave I spoke to the manager, and his first response again was mothers with strollers don’t have problems just wheelchair users again and again” He also was mutterrring about “damn dogs in his store”

So the most famous name in upmarket food stores in Manhattan, is run by a bigoted law-breaking idiot who goes out of his way to harass the dis and otherwise abled.

Well mr “mothers with strollers never complain” I will be whining all the way to corporate about your inane offensive utterings.

Disability access improvements to NYC subway stations and taxis sought

imageJones poses for a portrait in front of a a handicap accessible elevator at the 179th Street F Subway Station, Sunday, October 12, 2014. Jones is a disability advocate who sits on the board of Disabled In Action and co-founded Wheely NYC, an app that helps people with disabilities navigate the subway. (Credit: Charles Eckert)

ATTENTION NEW YORKER MAGAZINE YOUR STORY ON SERVICE ANIMALS IS VERY INCORRECT

I was just reading the New Yorker magazine, the story was about the spate of fake service animals and in the story the journalist stated that all service animal handlers must carry letters from doctors, this is blatantly incorrect.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/20/pets-allowed

The Americans with disabilities act is very clear there is no paperwork carried and the only questions anyone in any business are legally allowed to ask are-

1/ IS IT A SERVICE ANIMAL?

2/ WHAT SERVICE DOES IT PROVIDE?

Yes this system may leave it’s self-open to abuse, but the abuse I am more worried about and I have personally suffered is stories like this wrongly informing people through newspapers and multimedia incorrectly that they can throw me out if I do not possess nonexistent paperwork.

I have been violently attacked in multiple establishments and police needed to be called and in every case the police backed me and threatened the restaurant with federal violations for the abuse.

Again the only information any dis or otherwise abled person using the services of a service animal is required by law to provide is

1/whether or not it is a service animal

2/ what service it provides- I.E. seizure support

Journalists stop writing fluff pieces just to fill empty space that can in this case get people hurt seriously hurt.

Service animals such as my Zeus save my life every day, he provides support every time I have a seizure and knows what’s needed when PTSD hits I would not be alive today without Zeus.

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Remember every day 21 returned soldiers commit suicide because of PTSD when the simple companionship of a trained dog could lower those numbers.

So which is more important human life or selling newspapers?

Politicians love to throw the term “founding fathers around” but have they ever read their words?

GAY MARRIAGE IS WRONG THE FOUNDING FATHERS SAID SO

WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, THE FOUNDING FATHERS GUARANTEED IT

GIVE THE POWER TO THE STATES IT’S WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS WANTED

The republicans, every time they are cornered without an intelligent thought at their reach grab at the founding fathers and blame them or claim they say it is wrong! But have they ever actually read the words the founding fathers wrote? The thoughts they had the intent behind their declarations?

The republican party of the United States claims moral high ground, but they are constantly outed for serious acts of immorality. They claim to be devout grass roots Christians but they are arrested for dui  and divorced for infidelity.

They regularly spout medical claims on the workings of the female anatomy that are so ridiculous that any mere micron of intelligence they may have had is called immediately into question.

Thomas Jefferson wrote “every generation must have a revolution” in his time it meant the taking of arms against the oppressor.  Another founding father once declared that “for the tree of liberty to survive and grow every few generations it must be watered with the blood of patriots”

We the people no matter what party affiliation, hopefully in 2014 have moved passed the literal spilling of blood and can use the technology of the day to fight to shine a light under the bushel of those who would stand against us.

We marched for 17 years before we were finally granted the freedom for we the gay community to marry, The states now over 40 of them are falling into line like dominoes. Just last week 6 in one day granted the right for gays to marry.

We the disabled fought for our rights until in the last quarter of the 20th century we finally won the Americans with disabilities act into law.

Yet with all our rights granted we stand idly by while the ADA is the most under enforced act in federal law, and stop and frisk walks all over the civil rights act an act that blood was spilled to guarantee fair and equal treatment of people of color. But do we shout hell no? Do we come out in numbers to vote? No we still roll our wheelchairs on broken streets and crawl down subway staircases because elevators never work if they exist at all.

We are the generation that is being walked and rolled over by a republican party that on the night a black president was elected held a dinner party where in that room they all agreed their only responsibility until they got him out of office was to vote down everything he and the democrats put up for vote?

So because Obama is guilty of being president while black, we the people returned vets,the disabled, immigrants from all over the world, women and people of color will continue to suffer because the republicans decided that Obama could walk into congress with the secret to world peace in one hand arm in arm with Arabs and Israelis loving each other and a cure for cancer in the other and the republicans would call foul and order another investigation into Benghazi!

So let’s stop whining we the people,we this generation are overdue for a revolution. Forget tea into a harbor or dying at our Alamo, lets hold all politicians to their word irrelevant of party and let them know if equality and freedom for all is not enforced as rule of law, if women do not get equal pay for equal work, if minimum wage is not brought up to a level where workers can live in dignity and speaking of dignity our veterans our finest our bravest can come home and whether physically wounded or living with PTSD  can recieve competent care when they need it not when the fed decides it is a good photo op for re-election then they won’t be re-elected.

Bring home our veterans now, keep your election promises and get out of other countries fights. The middle east with all its factions have been fighting since the time of Christ and will be fighting 2,000 years from now, whether were there or not. So let’s come home and spend the money on our own people, stop homelessness amongst veterans,a hero coming home to live in a public park is our greatest shame. Eighty percent of all homeless veterans live with untreated mental illness, re-organize the VA or get rid of it and pay for private care for veterans.

Why is this rant on a blog for the disabled? Because when any person or group acts in such a deleterious manner to the wellbeing of its citizens they are creating a future generation of dis and otherwise abled people.

We have homeless vets and vets living below the poverty line with employment?

Stop employing TSA recruits from the gang bangers are us club and reward trained men and women you have already trusted with the defense of the nation by giving them jobs in TSA when they leave the military.

People ask me why I am so angry, I ask why they are not? Without an angry nation we will eventually have no nation at all. Step up education, reclaim the titles America once held of number one in sciences and math’s and engineering and yes space exploration. The sad thing is 90% of our phone technology comes from a small country the size of new jersey we love to hate called Israel. We a country of 300 million are the best at killing and invading but  last in the list at creating anything worthwhile.

We have an election in less than 2 months if you don’t stand up in revolution at the disgusting standards that our congress and senate present then stop whining you get what you give and ultimately what you deserve.

Huge congratulations to ‪#‎MalalaYousafzai‬ and Kailash Satyarthi for winning the ‪#‎NobelPeacePrize‬!

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‪‎Malala‬ is now the youngest winner of this prize ever. Our Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: “Malala’s staunch and fearless advocacy has amplified the voices of girls who might otherwise remain unheard. She knows that a full education is essential for girls to flourish and participate as equals in life. More than that, as they grow to their full potential in society, their voices, participation and leadership are crucial elements in economic prosperity, inclusive societies, and sustainable peace and security. Empowered girls like Malala are the best drivers of growth, the best hope for reconciliation in conflict, and the best buffer against the radicalization of youth and the repetition of cycles of violence.” Read her full statement: http://owl.li/Czz8a ‪#‎dayofthegirl‬
Photo credit: UN Women