Originally created 09/26/00

Much of city inaccessible to disabled



I challenge the Augusta mayor and City Commission to spend a day touring public buildings using a manual or power wheelchair. I ask this in response to my own situation.

I have lived in Augusta for five years and every time I have to go into town I encounter more obstacles to accessibility. I went to St. Joseph's Hospital to visit my mother and I was unable to use the restroom because the door opened the wrong way. I thought at least the hospital would be accessible.

Restroom access is very hard for a person in a wheelchair. Several stores in Augusta have either doors opening the wrong way or the space allowed is too tight.

I know that if I was assured of access through the stores and the restrooms, I would visit, shop and eat out more often, and I am sure other disabled persons would too.

Patricia L. Myers, Grovetown