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Everyone’s welcome, pee before you come

I’m like a broken record, discovering the same thing over and over again.

Tonight we rehearsed at Boulder Seventh Day Adventist Church. Inadequate parking, overly steep ramp, no flat area in front of the door, four steps up to to the chancel, no accessible restroom. Pee before you come.

I dug back into old email from when I was trying to move the choir to an accessible rehearsal location and found this:

X-Mailer: MIME::Lite 1.2 (F2.71; T1.001; A1.51; B2.12; Q2.03)
From: “Katja Stokley”
To: “Cantabile Board”
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 14:24:10 -0700
X-Sasl-Enc: xkNgEVWyIVWT1/TwLiYdwA 1071177850
Subject: Rehearsal location
Mime-Version: 1.0

As some of you know, 2 visits to 7th Day Adventist could not turn up a wheelchair accessible restroom (amid the 5 or more they have!). I’ve called the pastor to discuss it with him but haven’t made contact yet.

Lack of access makes me cranky. Having other people lift me, which risks both them and me, makes me cranky. Not remembering to pee before I come makes me cranky.

Edited 17 May to add: I toured the downstairs today. The downstairs can only be reached via a steep outside sidewalk. This church has more restrooms than God! Seven? Eight? Almost all of them have 22 inch doors. The ones that don’t were offered up to me as “accessible” – one multi-stall restroom with all narrow stalls, and one single seater. I could get the wheelchair in, might have been able to take the grab-bar-less leap to the seat, but certainly would not have been able to close the door. Not a grab bar to be seen in the joint.

Katja

2 Comments

  1. Angela

    Katja,
    I can’t tell you how much I love reading what you write. You put into words what I often experience in everyday life. Thank you for your sense of humor and willingness to share!
    –Angela

    Reply
  2. Katja (Post author)

    Thank you so much! I was just thinking that it must be really boring to read the same thing, over and over and over again…

    Reply

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