by intrepid in 311 Requests, Accessibility, All Ages, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Politics, Seniors
Posted on March 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm
Last Modified on March 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm
The following letter was submitted to the resistat blog on 3/5/2012 after its writer read David Dahlbacka’s announcement of upcoming HUD Plan hearing:
“I read an announcement about the upcoming meeting “HUD Action Plan Public Hearing” on 3/22 at the Ralph & Jenny Center. I scoured web pages and city websites to learn accessibility information for the center before I plan to attend. I COULD NOT FIND THIS INFO ANYWHERE- about the New Washington St. location or the other senior centers in the city. I know Holland St. is fully accessible- that building was (or is) managed by Tufts, and they tend to follow ADA rules.
My experience with the City has been quite different. In fact there have been- still are, to my knowledge- City events in non-accessible facilities (libraries, etc.). I need to know about each and every venue beforehand; it should be S.O.P. to include this info in all public announcements! Given that I am seeking accessibility info about the City’s Senior Centers, I am appalled that it is not even mentioned when lists of locations, hours of operation and directions are provided. What century are we in here, folks??? Can I get into the upcoming meeting with my scooter, and why is it so difficult to find out?”
I know that SomervilleVoices readers care about these issues and might want to follow the preceding submission and “Resi-stat’s” response to it.