I applaud recent efforts to make Portland more accessible for people with disabilities (“Portland seeks better access for people with disabilities,” March 24). Here’s my suggestion:

As someone with mobility issues, I am often afraid to try a new restaurant, go to a show or visit a local business because I don’t know what barriers I will face. As a result, I often just stay home.

I get that Portland has a lot of older structures and some places are tough to modify. But one thing businesses and public venues can do is show me what to expect.

It’s simple and inexpensive. Take pictures of the entrance, sidewalk and interior. Show me how to get to my seat, to the bar, to the bathrooms.

Write up a text description for people with visual impairments. Then put all this on your website.

Voila! You’ve sent me a message that I’m welcome.

Patricia Washburn


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