New wheelchair gives the beach back to people with wheelchairs
When someone needs to go on a beach or to do yard work, there can be no other option than to walk.
When Paul Boudreau, director of mobility services for the City of St. Lawrence in Ontario, first met his elderly wheelchair user, he did his best to help him walk.
Boudreau says the wheelchair user’s new wheelchair gives back to the beaches, as well as to those who may have been unable to take a walk because of their disabilities.
But what about people with wheelchairs? The wheelchair user may not be able to walk on his own, and the city is struggling to figure out how to provide adequate assistance for the disabled.
Boudreau says a person with a wheelchair who comes to town for a vacation could qualify for an accommodation voucher. If the resident does not have enough money to pay for the accommodations that are provided, they can go through the process of moving out and leaving the city.
For the man, it is the same as moving out for a job. Boudreau says people with wheelchairs will continue to face discrimination and have a tough time getting the resources they need to live a long, fulfilling life.
Boudreau says he will have staff working on the problem in the city of St. Lawrennatyasastra.comce to determine what can be done to provide wheelchair users better accommodations, and whether or not it is cost effective.
The next step will be the City of St. Lawrence Council going over that with the residents.
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