As temperatures climbed into the 80’s and clouds gave way to sun and humidity one frustrated shopper ‘denied access’ to shopping started getting cranky about everything and anything. MS fatigue and Uthoff’s Phenomenon rules!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Greek Festival NOT exactly accessible
Wheelchair accessible obviously looses something in translation when it comes to the Capitol Region Greek Festival of Camp Hill, PA.
It has been 20 years since Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law yet too often people with disabilities still find that they are 'not exactly' completely welcome.
Visiting the Greek Festival today we were disappointed to discover that the promoted “browse and enjoy” gift shops of Greek clothing, books, ceramics, icons, jewelry, and handcrafted items are accessible only to those who can WALK up and down stairs.
How rude!!! … and their loss as Patti loves to browse, shop and 'spend' at festivals and street fairs.
However living with Multiple Sclerosis for 20+ years we do not let obstacles define our fun.
We usually try to arrive about 30 minutes before any festival or street fair begins. Vendors are always open and glad to help. Once the crowds arrive being in a wheelchair is like being in a forest of buttocks.
Having no idea what was what when we encountered an overwhelming array of desserts, a kind worker helped select us a sampler. Trying to take a picture of our yummy desserts I had to laugh as an impatient hand crept into the camera view finder …
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosting the Greek Festival was certainly beautiful.
Heading out, soon Patti was happily laying down for a nice air conditioned afternoon nap with a belly full of treats.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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