New Mission

New Mission


My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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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:

http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/10/24/accessible-taxis-mayor/14294/

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.