So yesterday we had to attend the funeral of Ron's grandfather - no easy task for someone with spinal cord injury. It takes lots of extra time to prepare and we had to be there at 10 am. We started on our way and spent 2 hours in traffic and fortunately we were only about 10 minutes late. PHEW.. ok so then on to the cemetery, then the restaurant for a nice meal with the family.
Well there came the unexpected disappointment. The venue was not wheelchair accessible! After all of the trials of the morning since 5 am, we couldn't get into the venue. CASA LUCIA in Revere IS NOT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. So there we were outside by ourselves wondering what to do, and really there was only one thing to do which was to respectfully leave, which is what we did.
We heard that people wanted to lift the wheelchair and try to carry my son and the chair up the three steps and around the narrow corner. (impossible) While we appreciated that, they did not understand that the wheelchair weighs almost 400 pounds, and then there's the weight of my son. AND the fact the we would never ever take the chance that our son could be hurt, not to mention that fact that the wheelchair is the only way he can get around and is one of the most expensive chairs out there and we would not consider it.
People just do not know what it's like to have to navigate through life in a wheelchair, and people who are in wheelchairs do understand the ignorance, however, the message here is this. If you are having a gathering and you have a family member or anyone for that matter, in a wheelchair, you better ask if your choice of venue is wheelchair accessible.
Shame on you CASA LUCIA in REVERE for not being accessible.
By the way, we ended up at PF CHANGS and it was very nice.
It's me, just trying to get by.