New Website Rates Accessibility of Rockland County Public Spaces
UAccessLife.org rates Rockland County businesses and public spaces based on how ADA-compliant and accessible they are.
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In order to comprehend the difficulties associated with living with a disability firsthand, the P-TECH students participated in an “In My Shoes” activity. Each student was paired with someone who is living with a disability to understand what life is like when you have a disability. Some students were given vision-blocking goggles to mimic blindness, while others were given a wheelchair to use. Through this eye-opening experience, students learned about the difficulties individuals with disabilities face every day—and were better able to design the website.
“The freedom to be independent is one of the most fundamental things we enjoy as humans. Sadly, people with disabilities don’t always get that opportunity despite the fact it has been 30 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Carlos Martinez, executive director of BRIDGES. “If we can offer people a resource to prepare in advance for public spaces, we can help make a difference in someone’s life and help them feel empowered and live independently. This does not stop our work to improve accessibility all over our communities, but it does help us get one step further.”