Nicholas Place

“Normally when I am in Centretown, I like to stop at some restaurants and go to some nice little… not dépanneur, but what is it in English? Convenience stores there. But you know, I have a permanent disability, so sometimes walking along and getting into a store even with just a single step in it, it’s a deal breaker for me.

Sometimes I’ll go out of my way to find a store that doesn’t have an actual step to get into the entrance, because when you mix snow, slippery feet, and sometimes some stores don’t have a floor-mat. So you walk on there, it’s like on ice.

So there’s been a few times actually where I’ve had incidents walking in stores, and you know, it’s not a delightful thing, but it is getting better in Centretown, which I’ve noticed, but I still feel there are quite a lot of places that do need improvement.

Because I’m not in a wheelchair. I’m fortunate enough that I can walk around, but if there’s no railing to get in, if there’s no ramp to get into a store, that is just another thing for me to not go to that place, just because it’s a barrier for me to go into that restaurant or shop. It’s definitely something for the community to think about, be more mindful of all types of disabilities, physical and mental aswell, just be more aware of… make it easier for people to get into your business.

I mean, it’s not that hard, I don’t think, in my opinion, but you know, just put a railing, put a ramp that’s there all the time. I don’t want to have to go out of my way to call someone. I’m just going to go to another store that’s actually accessible and go into there and eat my food or spend some time with my friends and enjoy a drink or something.” @nicholasplacephoto

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