Many parts of the U.S. have been covered in snow for the past month and even though the warmer weather is starting to melt large blocks of ice and snow there are still plenty of sidewalks, driveways and crosswalks that are difficult to navigate for people who have to use a wheelchair.
Even able-bodied people have been complaining about the huge amount of snowfall that has occurred this winter and if they are having trouble using town and city sidewalks and streets, imagine what it must be like for someone using a wheelchair.
Without the ability to maneuver on streets and sidewalks with a path that is at least 36” wide, a wheelchair can become stuck. Not only is the disabled person’s independence limited but it also places them in an awkward position hoping someone will pass by who can lend a hand and get their wheelchair unstuck. Depending on the location and time of day it can be some time before another person comes along and in freezing and snowy weather this can seem like an eternity.
At HDS MEDALLION® we ask everyone to take a moment and check the sidewalks in front of their homes and offices. Clearing snow and ice from your sidewalks and driveways will not only make it easier for people using mobility devices, but will also reduce the chance of you being the target of a liability lawsuit should someone slip and fall on your property. After you have shoveled remember to throw down some ice melt that will help melt thicker sections of ice.
This has been a long winter for everyone but for the disabled it has been especially hard to navigate the snow covered walkways and sidewalks. Disabled people have to get to work, see their families and go to the store just like everyone else but it can be near impossible when snow and ice is blocking your way. It doesn’t take long to shovel snow so please lend a hand and make the sidewalks safe for everyone.