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Accessibility Matters

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

You know one thing that will always bring a smile to my face?

Seeing accessibility out in the community. 

Whether it’s accessible buildings, parks, or playgrounds, every person has the right to access public resources regardless of ability. 

Unfortunately, the world has a lot of work to do to enable accessibility for all, but there are places that have stepped up their game and started to adapt their spaces to be more accessible. 


And when I do see something that has attempted to be more accessible, I definitely take notice.  

This picture was taken in Braga, Portugal in 2019 as my husband and I were out in search of the best bifana (beef sandwich). We were both starving, but as soon as I saw this swing, I knew I had to stop and snap a picture. You know we can never quite turn off our OT brains, even when we are traveling. 

Now I know that this swing is still not accessible for all, but it is at least accessible for some, more so than the basic swing you see on every playground. 

We still have work to do to promote accessibility, but at least seeing things like this are a step in the right direction. 

Have you noticed more accessibility in your community? Have you taken any action to promote accessibility in your area? Share in the comments.

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