featured Inclusion

Wheelchair accessibility in Halifax: Grandfather is alive and well

This article was originally posted on the website of the James McGregor Stewart Society. Re-posted with permission.  

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – This restaurant, Lemon Grass, has a nice accessible entrance on the left:

Last year it became Man Bean, and the accessible entrance was renovated out  of existence.  Man Bean, which gets nice reviews,  now has a portable ramp.

Going from a nicely accessible entrance to make-do is exactly the reverse of what should be happening.
Just as a guess, the renovations didn’t have to meet accessibility standards because of some combination of exceptions: change-of-use, square footage and building age.  But going backwards is a new phenomenon and seems just plain wrong.
“We’re all out of lobster, so we brought you a peanut butter sandwich.”

If you can, please support the Nova Scotia Advocate so that it can continue to cover issues such as poverty, racism, exclusion, workers’ rights and the environment in Nova Scotia. A paywall is not an option, since it would exclude many readers who don’t have any disposable income at all. We rely entirely on one-time donations and a tiny but mighty group of dedicated monthly sustainers.

One Comment

  1. I can understand businesses that were never accessible offering a compromise in the form of a portable ramp because it may be either impossible to make it fully accessible or very expensive. However, it’s a slap in the face to take away accessibility that was already there. It’s send the clear message that not only are wheelchair users an afterthought, sometimes they’re not a thought at all. Personally, I find the need to ask for the ramp to be put down rather humiliating and awkward, not to mention that I don’t have a mobile phone to call the business. No way am I going to shout into the doorway from the sidewalk or flag a passerby to intervene.

    Reply

Post Comment