Friday, May 26, 2006

Walking, or maybe wheeling, around Chicago

The Universal Design approach to seeing Chicago might be an apt description for the approach of Walk Chicago Tours. Founder Terry Sullivan's motivation for keeping accessibility in mind when designing his tours was his daughter, a wheelchair user. "I said to myself there's a need here to address the concerns of the disabled because I don't think that anyone has openly solicited the disabled for their tour service,"Sullivan said. The biggest challenge in designing the tours? Intersections: "Despite the fact that the wheelchair is visible, I think most motorists think that they can go around the wheelchair," Sullivan told ABC7. "You have to be very careful at the intersections." Sullivan has the right idea -- throw open the door to everyone. (photo of Terry Sullivan courtesy of Walk Chicago Tours and Terry Sullivan)


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