Next time you're shoveling, don't skip the curb cut


I had another eye-opening moment today when I read this commentary on Minnesota Public Radio's Web site (for more of these moments, go here and here).

In the commentary, the author, Haddayr Copley-Woods, talks about trying to maneuver the icy and snowy streets of Minnesota with a wheelchair. Even if a sidewalk is clear, the curb cut, where the sidewalk slopes into the street, isn't. Or if the curb cut is clear, it's only clear enough for a pair of feet, not a set of wheels. She wonders: "Why it is acceptable to clear things enough for some of us to pass, but not all?"

Copley-Woods answers that question with a powerful quote from disabled painter named Sunny Taylor:

"The disabled are viewed with sympathy as victims of 'bad luck' who will simply have to accept disadvantage as their lot in life, not as an identity group that is systematically discriminated against."

I don't know about you, but next time I'm shoveling, I won't skip the curb cut.

Liz Beaulieu