New Mission

New Mission

My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bloomberg Says No To More Wheelchair Accessible Taxis

See the below article from Disability Scoop about Mayor Bloomberg being against making more wheelchair-accessible taxis:

He cites three reasons: (1) taxis will have lower suspension and thus people won't want to ride in them; and (2) the wider gap between passenger seat and divider would lead to injuries or just plain inconvenience; and (3) too expensive.  Frankly, I don't know anything about suspension, don't know that I would recognize lower suspension if I saw it, and don't know that it would dissuade me from getting in a taxi for 6 blocks.  Next - people are going to get hurt because of the wider gap?  Couldn't they just be extra mindful not to stand up or get out of their seats while the vehicle is moving, or put on a seatbelt?  I guess the final reason - money - is always a legitimate consideration when it comes to government spending.  I don't know the numbers but there's got to be a way to make it cost-effective.  There isn't?  Well then maybe the mayor can cover the difference.  He pledged to go into his pockets once already this year - perhaps he'd be willing to do it again.