I recently visited the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama! I have always loved the beach, but after my accident, I didn’t go for 4 years!!! Now, I have been twice and I think I am addicted… They have mats laid so that I am able to get on the beach while staying in my own chair. They also have beach wheelchair rentals and will deliver them to you!
I am so grateful they have made my favorite place a little more accessible for people in wheelchairs.
However, there are still many places that are not accessible! You can either find a way to make it happen, or miss out!!! On this day, we made a way to join the fun at Florabama!!!
Every one meet Ron, the cool Security Guard!
Since my chair can’t roll in the sand, I parked it at the edge. From there, Ron and another guard carried me through the sand to another chair.
When his shift was over he came to talk with me for a little while.
“You might have changed a few things around here!“
He told me about his conversation with one of the owners. He said, after seeing them carry me through the sand, he realized that they needed to lay some of the mats to make it more accessible. He told Ron he would work on making it happen.
My friend, Nancy said it perfectly, ‟Someday I won’t question if a place is accessible. It just will be.”
One place at a time!!!
This story has reached thousands of people and makes me hopeful that even the toughest places to get to, will be accessible for wheelchair users!