The stalwart snowplow guys just left. Today they snowplowed the sidewalk down to some cement for the first time in a month or so. Of course it's not wide enough for a wheelchair so I can't get around the yard. The snow is piled over three feet high out there. So the sidewalk looks like a tunnel.
We're in a 48 hour winter storm warning. Last night there was snow and today through tomorrows evening rush we're expecting ice storms and mix on top of it.
I mention all this because it becomes clearer to me the more the snow falls how little awareness people have what havoc a failure to properly clear snow causes for disabled folks. This is especially true in a winter when assuming the snow will melt in a few days is a fallacy. our ground here hasn't been clear since mid December and my mobility has become an expensive proposition requiring more assistance because of failure to shovel out accessible parking for six weeks by some places, failure to clear sidewalks requiring street travel, etc.
I'm seeing articles in the papers about this. A law student in Philadelphia spoke out about not being able to get to class due to poor cleaning of streets and sidewalks including curb cuts. People can't get to the doctors, grocery store and oh there's work. When it costs more to get to work than it pays and that goes on for weeks, I think we all need to revisit our ideas that we support the idea of people with disabilities working and being productive.
Really? Take a look -a hard look - at the width of sidewalks shoveled , the buried curb cuts and accessible parking spots. When we bury those paths of access for weeks on end, we bury a lot more than we may think at first glance .
[image description: a photo from inside a door with crossed wire boxes covering it, showing a narrow path through the snow]