I am a special education teacher and there are accessibility issues for my students every day both on the school campus and within the community. While the country has made great strides towards accessibility and equality for those with special needs in the last 50 years, as a country we still have a long way to go.
No, we need to be a lot more inclusive to people with disabilities. We need ramps for those in wheelchairs and helpers for people who are blind, deaf or elderly. All of the parking spaces in front of a building should be for people with handicap license plates and they are not. Those are just a few things that can be done, but there are many more things that should be done to help people with disabilities.
Having had the experience of being in a wheelchair myself due to a prolonged illness, I can state firsthand that people with disabilities do not have the access that they require. Sometimes the simplest task, such as entering a business, are impossible to do in a wheelchair. Even when attempts to make businesses accessible are made, if they are not maintained, they are useless.
More should be done to support those with disabilities. Inclusion is something that benefits us all. It creates a sense of community and lessens stigmas on those with disabilities. By offering more services that allow for inclusion of those with both physical and mental disabilities we create a community where we can thrive.