I typically don’t get out much, especially in large crowds or entertainment facilities, especially riding around on my mobility scooter.
Saturday afternoon we attended a graduation ceremony at Abravanel Hall. The older gentleman who was directing us to our seats acted as if my mobility scooter was a toy and told me I couldn’t take it inside the auditorium. (My niece was there early and had already set up a place for me that would accommodate my scooter.)
The gentleman, and I use that term loosely, didn’t want to listen to her or me, even when I asked him if he had ever heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act. My niece directed us to the place she had set up for me to park. He left with a huff and no apology.
On June 2 at the Pride Festival there were literally thousands of people, and I was tooling around on my mobility scooter as usual. It was not very easy to navigate through the crowd and at times you get frustrated. But you know who was the most polite to me? The younger people there. Some of them even took time to help clear people out of my way. The older people were rude, giving me dirty looks as if I shouldn’t be there in their way.
Just a note, my mobility scooter is not a toy. I enjoy that it helps me maintain my mobility, but I really hate that I have to use it. I would much rather be walking and moving around on my own without assistance.
So please, when you see someone who is disabled, have compassion and politely get out of their way. Even though we are disabled, we still want to enjoy everything we can that is offered out there. Our mobility scooters and power wheelchairs are not toys. Most of us don’t even like having to use one.
Thank you for understanding in my frustration. Peace out.
Rusty Carroll, Taylorsville