2012-05-31

Visitors with disabilities face high hurdles to London Olympics Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments

Visitors with disabilities face high hurdles to London Olympics

The Olympic and Paralympic Games — which London has promised will be the most accessible and inclusive ever — are just weeks away. All sports venues are fully equipped for visitors with disabilities, but many city-goers with physical disabilities say they still feel like second-class citizens on public transport.
Laura Hamilton exits a double-decker bus in London. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Laura Hamilton)
Laura Hamilton exits a double-decker bus in London. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Laura Hamilton)
“I am shocked at how disabled I am here; I have never felt so disabled,” said Laura Hamilton, a 28-year-old American with muscular dystrophy living in London.
“I’m scared to go out on my own,” said the Californian, who quit her job in San Francisco and moved to Britain in March “to see the world” before her condition deteriorates.
Visitors with disabilities face high hurdles to London Olympics Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments

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