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Launched Winter 1998. Last updated: 4.1.2016

Happy Spring! - My Dear Readers,


It is harder to update this site as I no longer have Dreamweaver for my new Mac, and am manipulating the source code. I actually liked using Claris Home Page the best from 1997-2007, but that's been long gone. If I talk about software and/or plug-ins that I miss, we'll be here all day.

Recently, I was talking to a lady without any disabilities who was upset about people who use the Access-a-Ride van, who did not look disabled. I explained to her that while someone might not look like they have a disability, they may indeed have one. A person with COPD may not be hooked up to an oxygen tank, or a wheelchair, but also may not be able to walk up a street without breathlessness. Having Invisible disabilities does not mean one's disability is less worthy of services. Trying to explain such things to those who experience nothing in that realm of life is like pulling teeth.

For safety, we need to take into consideration that many people are totally oblivious about themselves and others. Joggers will jog down a street, not paying attention that they are close to residential building stoops. You exit your building, step off your building stoop and have a jogger slam into you. Or you are standing on a corner, waiting for a light to change and someone texting, not looking where they are going, walks into you and pushes you into the gutter and into oncoming traffic. These days, I do not stand on the curb, I stand at least a foot back from the curb incase some dim-wit walks into me from behind while texting.

Speaking of the totally oblivious, if you have an already established reasonable accommodation with your current supervisor or with HR at your job, and your boss (or new management) justs ups and takes your accomodation away, that is an ADA violation and your employer (if there are more than 50 employees) can be fined. I believe it is something like a $50,000.00 fine for the first vioaltion and $110,000.00 fine for the 2nd violation. If new management comes into your company, and they are in the position to desginate or change your work position and/or enviroment/situation, then they have the 'need to know' of your accomodation. And if new management hires new supervisors for your department, you cannot assume that the new manager will inform your newly hired supervisor/s of your accommodation. I'm not suggesting that responsibility sits on the employees' shoulders as to informing those with the need-to-know, but it would not hurt, as in large organizations, the new managers, or even tht old ones may have a lot on their plate and just not remember. Still a violation is a violation is a violation. I'm only sugggesting that employees take it upon themselves to inform those with a 'need-to-know' due to any possible, future, uncomfortable scenarios that could arise. It is not as though I'm suggessting you harp on about anything, it just would not hurt to remind others who managerially have the 'need to know'.

I still have to step up with tech info. There are mobile device apps for hailing a taxi. (Taxi Magic , Hailo, and Uber Taxi) They are free to download and are available on Android and iOS devices.

I too am sorry if I lagged on this for a year, but generally, if you need accessibility information that you and/or your family or your PCA are unable to locate in my guide or elsewhere, feel free to email me and I will try to get back to you in a timely manner. I will do special reseearch for legitamite requests. Please give me AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS to get back to you..

You can now type into your browser's address bar and it will forward to this page!

Thank you for visiting my guide and do come again!



BallardsAccessGuide (at) gmail (dot) com

Ballard's Access Guide was created as a free public service for the global community in my spare time. I strongly feel that my guide is helpful, relevant, and necessary to meet the needs of people with disabilities who visit or reside in Manhattan. Formerly, my guide contained reviews of restaurants in terms of my dining experience and rated factors like extent and nature of the accessibility. I'm planning to list restaurants who offer full wheelchair accessibility in New York, NY, including videos. It is a work in progress.

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