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Disability Community Demands Businesses in Rochester, New York to Become Wheelchair Accessible

On July 26, 1990 President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. I was a month old when the ADA was established. I am now 32 years old, as is the ADA.

The Disability Community fought long and hard for our civil rights. Activists engaged in nonviolent direct action, met with government officials, took over buildings, and got arrested for Disability Rights. We were demanding equal access then as we're demanding it now.

I live in Rochester, New York. In my neighborhood, many businesses aren't wheelchair accessible. For example, the Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria, located at 4000 Lake Avenue, has no wheelchair access to their building. This is discriminatory and ableist. Ableism is the discrimination of Disabled People. Not providing wheelchair access to people with disabilities is a violation of the ADA, which provides equal opportunity and access to Disabled People.

Salvatore's provides delivery services but it's not fair for Disabled People to be forced to pay for delivery, which is extra, just because they have no wheelchair access. We want to be able to access the building like everyone else. People have used the excuse that accessibility is too expensive but the ADA was established over 30 years ago, which gave most businesses years to prepare for accessibility.

"It's too expensive" is no longer a valid excuse. We are demanding to be treated equally. It is time to provide full access to your businesses in our community. We will no longer remain silent. You will not ignore us. We will be heard.

If you want to join me in my efforts in making the city of Rochester ADA compliant, please email me at Share this blog post with your networks and get the word out: the Disability Community is demanding full access to the community.

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