VOLUME 2,NO. 1
Fall 2011

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REACH of Plano's E-Magazine

By Consumers with Disabilities for Readers with Disabilities

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From    the    EDITOR

REACH of Plano is proud to publish the second edition of E-Magazine - an online collection of articles written by people with disabilities, regarding local issues, favorite places, and personal interests. We hope you enjoy it!

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Sidewalks - A Safe Passage for All?

RISE Edventures

1St Heritage Grand opening Extendere

Garland Train History

Poems by "Quesara21"

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SIDEWALKS - A SAFE PASSAGEWAY FOR ALL?

by Robert Petty

Image of Robert PettyI use a power wheelchair to get around almost everywhere. I say almost because some places have no sidewalks or sidewalks that are maintained poorly. I run into this problem everywhere, not just in my neighborhood. I started wondering just what the rules and regulations were for sidewalks. According to the ADA [1] Sidewalks are not a requirement but where there are sidewalks they are a passageway that must be passable for everyone. Unfortunately that is not the case.

I turned my attention to who is in charge of maintaining the sidewalks. I looked up information about the city's public works department to try to get what information I could. The City of Dallas has a 3-1-1 number that citizens can call if you have questions about the city. I called and ask the customer service agent which city department was in charge of sidewalk maintenance and I was told the streets department. I was also told I could find information about it on the Dallas City Hall website. The website was a little hard to navigate but I did manage to get some information.