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A few weeks ago I visited a birthday barbecue. It was located at a natural picknick spot with a outdoor playground. There were picknick benches available. And they incorporated openings in the benches for wheelchair users. Wow, I was amazed.

A remarkable visit to a physiotherapist.

A while back I visited a physiotherapist. Several physical practitioners work here under one roof sharing facilities, but all have their personal working space. I had to walk up the stairs to enter his personal treatment room. There was no elevator. He was very proud of his therapy room. Lots of light, a view, spatious and private.

Immediately I remarked that since his office was upstairs he couldn’t treat disabled persons because they can’t walk the stairs. He responded by saying that downstairs they had enough facilities to treat disabled people. This response I found already quite remarkable, allthough what I meant was that by chosing this specific room for his therapy he actually also chose not to treat people who can’t walk or can’t walk that well. Something I found personally very strange for a physiotherapist. And certainly not hospitable and patient friendly. He said that in India disabled people had much less facilities. I was astonished by this response and said that it was actually the reason why you hardly see any disabled persons in these countries. Also I have been in India….. In many countries disabled people can’t leave their home or nursing home due to the lack of accessibility. And thinking about India many don’t even have a home. Which is actually my point, what if the world would be more accessible for everybody in it……

But here is the climax, while treating me, this physiotherapist told me he was actually also an architect. I fell of my chair, if architects and physiotherapists already tend to think this way….. I left feeling horrible.

Visiting a new establishment with business facilities.

In August I visited an establishment with a restaurant, café, hotel and business meeting facilities in Huizen. It had monumental building parts and also just new completed buildings. I was astonished when the ‘accessible’entrance of the monumental building where the meeting took place had a treshold of approximately 10 centimeters. The other entrance with a much lower threshold could only be reached via a stairs. The other business people attending the meeting were creative and came up with this solution, combined with pushing, to help an electric wheelchair user to enter.


The meeting was held in a conversation pit and had three steps going down. There was a portable ramp available, but it was way to steep. The electric wheelchair user had to be supported going down and up, otherwise the wheelchair could collapse.


After the meeting we wanted to get a drink at the restaurant/café which was located within a new building. But how do you enter the sidewalk when there is no ramp at all? We had to go around the back since the entrance had a few steps as well and then push the wheelchair up the ramp again. We stayed out on the terrace since the weather was great. When I went inside to visit the ladies room I concluded this was a good thing. There were so many tables to close to each other that the wheelchair couldn’t get through. Also not to visit the disabled toilet in the basement.


Huizen, August 2013


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