'Pet Peeves': An Ode to the Accessbility Designers

by Ann Gasser on July 1, 2006 - 4:47pm

QUEST Vol. 13, No. 4
Anne Gasser
Anne Gasser, West Reading, Pa.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Next Christmas I’m giving special awards
to some people who don’t have a clue
what’s like to be living with CMT
each day, the whole year through.

For starters, the Rest Room engineer.
(Brother! This guy is a peach.)
He has placed all the paper towel racks
just a tad above and beyond my reach.

And then there’s the great Curb Cut planner —
curb cuts are great, my friend,
but you’ve made easy access one end of the block,
why no cut at the other end?

To the guys who plan Handicap parking —
some are smart, others don’t know what for —
they paint spaces at the far end of the lot
instead of up close to the door.

I could go on and on, but I’m ending my list
with the Do-Gooders brimming with cheer,
who think if a person is in a wheelchair
he’s an idiot or he can’t hear.

I’m offering a perk with each award
(I think that is only fair).
I will let each one of these spend one day
in my battery scooter or chair.

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