Donate funds to businesses for handicap access restrooms
Organized by: Justin Zakrzewski
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 22. I was reasonably active from working construction at that time but I was soon walking using a cane. Even at that time I began to notice difficulties using certain "handicap accessible" restrooms. Mostly those in buildings built prior to the implementation of ADA requirements and that were just retrofit. For many years it was not much of a bother as I was physically able enough to accomodate minor quirks and inconsistancies. Now I am almost entirely reliant on a motorized scooter and using some of these restrooms can either be nearly impossible or just outright dangerous. Now, typically I am not one to fuss or complain in such situations, I usually just grit my teeth and bear with it but there are people worse off who do not have the luxury to just 'bear with it'. Many business owners have complied with just the bare minimum of ADA standards and are compliant with the wording of the law only, while not being of practical use to the disabled. This is usually done because of costs... many times the improvements are not made to widen stalls, ensure anti-slip flooring, or put up additional hand rails due to costs of parts and labor and because they are not seen as justifiable expenditures. That is why I've created this campaign. I would like to have a source of funds avaiable to business owners in buildings that were built prior to the implementation of the ADA in 1990. So that they can make the needed improvements and have the chance to bring in business that they otherwise may not get. Because Jesus told us "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these.. ye have done it unto me." I know personally that an outing experience can be ruined, if not completely avoided, because of unsuitable restrooms. Let's stop that!
I'm working on a website to take this nationwide because I know this problem isn't just here.