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Accessibility in Houston, Pet Care, and the Texans After Kubiak: Houston Matters for Monday, December 9, 2013

When we think about “getting around” Houston, we tend to think of it from our own perspective. If you’re young you don’t think about it from the standpoint of someone who’s older. If you own a car, you tend not to think much about those who don’t. The same goes for disabilities. If you’re not […]

When we think about “getting around” Houston, we tend to think of it from our own perspective. If you’re young you don’t think about it from the standpoint of someone who’s older. If you own a car, you tend not to think much about those who don’t. The same goes for disabilities. If you’re not in a wheelchair, you probably don’t spend much time contemplating what it’s like to get around town in one.

But the challenge of navigating our city is quite different for anyone with a mobility or physical disability. So, how accessible is Houston for a wheelchair user? What services or processes are in place to ensure disabled Houstonians can get around? Is all of Houston up to the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act? And how do Houstonians without disabilities tend to treat those who are disabled?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the challenges facing Houstonians with disabilities, what steps have been taken to make Houston more accessible, and what more could be done.

We talk with two disabled Houstonians – one mentors people who are newly paralyzed; the other works to help his fellow disabled Houstonians find jobs, and helps those without disabilities to understand how to meet the needs of those who are.

Also this hour, the weekend in sports, and some thoughts on the Texans’ post-Kubiak era, and we welcome your questions about the care and feeding of your dogs and cats over the holidays.

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