Yesterday I met a few friends at a club, which recently instituted a policy banning bicycles and scooters from going inside. Upon my arrival, an older member told me she checked and it was okay for me to bring my wheelchair in.
Since I belong to this club, I thought it was a good idea to explain that wheelchairs and mobility scooters can't be excluded under the ADA, not wanting to have this discussion repeatedly or when someone on a mobility scooter shows up.
She then made a general announcement to everyone present, brought up the bicycle and scooter ban vis a vis my wheelchair, and said I was allowed in because the "office was making an exception for me".
What is it about the ADA that people ignore its very existence 19 years later and still act as if we're allowed in places by some kind of noblesse oblige?