Much like my post the other night regarding trans issues and the differences and my total ignorance, let me also confess that I have never personally appreciated the ADA until the last week. I always supported it because it just makes sense, but it never personally impacted me and I never personally experienced the benefits (other than the benefit we all get when a significant portion of our society now has increased mobility and a vastly enhanced quality of life) until I spent the last week hobbling around with a busted up knee.
It’s slowly getting better, and I was right about it just being a stretch, but the idea of walking on these icy streets just puts the fear of the FSM into me, and I have been walking with a walking stick the whole week. And let me tell you, when you get to a corner, after navigating a block of icy sidewalks, it is like a reprieve to use ramped curbs to cross the street and then walk up a ramp into the store.
So there is that. We do this shit for a reason. Not to shit on Ayn Rand or make the Koch brothers have a sad because they will have to spend an extra .000005% making their facilities accessible, but because having facilities accessible to everyone is good for, well, everyone. Especially businesses.