Handicapped should not mean excluded
I asked him what one of his favorite things to do was. He responded with, “I like to go to school.”
I went on to ask the question, “If you could do anything you wanted in the life, what would that be?”
He responded with the simple request of, “I would like to go through the haunted house.”
Out of respect, I have chosen to leave both the name of this child and the name of the haunted house out of this story.
Attempting to use any connection I had in order to grant this child’s wish, I called in a few favors and had convinced myself I was going to be the one to say to this child, “It’s time to do the one thing in life you have always wanted to do.”
However, the phone call I received did not come with good news.
The woman in charge of running this haunted house told me this child would not be allowed to enter the haunted house, because it was not handicapped accessible. She was very empathetic, because she too, understood the frustration as she is the mother of a handicapped child.
Feeling helpless, and rather disappointed that I had to deliver the bad news, I picked up the phone and did what I had to.
Once again, thinking I was bringing disappointment to this child’s life. However, to my surprise, he was very much okay with being told that he could not go. Even if he was disappointed, he never let on to it.
Brave child is you ask me.
The problem with this story is the haunted house, housed locally during the Halloween season, was not handicapped accessible.
Is this even legal?
If so, how can it be legal?
I have to imagine there is a large group of children out there that would enjoy being able to participate in the haunted houses and other Halloween festivities, but they can’t because these places can’t accommodate them.
What kind of bias treatment is that?
I was so frustrated that there was nothing I could do to help allow just one child into this haunted house. Is there anything we, as a community, can do?
Now that the Halloween season is coming to an end, I hope someone in the Western New York area is able to help solve this problem and hopefully change this situation for next year.
It would be great to see all those children who have not been able to enjoy these types of events with their families, to be able to be a part of the crowd for once instead of left behind, just because no one considered making the halls wide enough for a wheelchair to fit through.
With more information on this topic, please email Kori Sciandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.