Wheelchair access on Cape Cod

So, I just moved to Cape Cod

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I moved to Cape Cod to start a new job in November, 2011. It’s a beautiful place — sandy beaches, dunes, marshes, and plenty to do for the influx of tourists that arrive in swarms during the summer. But how accessible is the Cape to someone like me who uses a wheelchair to get around? This blog is an attempt to answer that question, and by documenting my own adventures, I hope I can give some insight into the obstacles (natural and man made) for wheelchair users on the Cape, as well as the best barrier-free places to visit here.

To give you a bit more background on me, I’m 53, female, and have been using a chair for the past 15 years. My injury level is T1, which means I’m paralyzed from the armpits down. I’ve been married for 30 years to a man who’s still willing to haul me up and down steps and drag me through the sand if that’s what it takes to get somewhere together. For this blog, though, I’ll reserve my definition of “accessible” to those places that don’t require any able bodied help.

I’m rating the places I visit from 0 to 5 stars:

  • 0 Stars = Not Accessible
  • 1 Star    = Nowhere near meeting the required  ADA laws
  • 2 Stars  = Does not meet most of the required ADA laws
  • 3 Stars  = Has made a minimal attempt to conform to ADA laws
  • 4 Stars  = Meets the ADA standards required by law
  • 5 Stars  = Goes way beyond minimal legal ADA requirements

Comments, links, suggestions, and ideas are all welcome.



Written by jck777

November 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Posted in Ratings