Few weeks or maybe months ago MQabbani had a picture of a bus in Amman. The picture was of a handicapped spot on the bus. I honestly thought it was hilarious! And I said that on my comment to him. I got attacked by someone about how heartless and stupid I was to laugh about this, and how two handicapped people would not have been able to graduated from Amman university if it was not for being able go get around on a wheel chair blah blah blah.
Now I am all for people being able to having easy access regardless of their disabilities. Coming from Canada the sight of individuals young and old on a wheels chair is a normal sight. I admire them for beating their disability and living their life as normal. And I admire our government for making it a law to make easy access to those individuals. You will hardly ever see a public place without ramp. Side walks are wide and smooth without a tree or a pole standing in the middle. So really when I laughed at the picture I was not laughing about the handicapped spot. I was laughing because I can not see how a person in a wheelchair is able to get from his/her home to get to this nice spot made especially for them on the bus!
I dread taking my son out in his stroller. Just a day or so ago we went to C Town and decided that getting a taxi will not be easy..Especially when I gave him the address! I would have paid him triple the meter but I really did not want to wait and see.
So we decided to walk...there were no sidewalk so we walked on the street...then we wanted to cross the street...right in front of the place we are supposed to cross there are 2 broken poles so we have to get on the street a foot away from the crossing place..We crossed safely alhamdoullah...one lady AKA bitch did not stop and almost hit us sheesh! Well anyways we made it to the “sidewalk” on the gardens....we are happily walking then ooops we come upon the first set of stairs, no problem they are wide enough I can get the stroller over both steps..Then we resume happily walk again....but we come to another set of stairs...but this time there are three narrow steps....oy oy oy..How are we going to do it??! But wlad el7alal ktar and a guy helped me get the stroller up while an idiot who was there first didn’t move a muscle to help...screw him! Then we finally get to the crossing place..Yippy! You have to jump on the street and force cars to stop; you can stand there for a while if you do not force them to stop. It is a marked crossing area for Allah’s sake! So we cross both sides of the street safely but oops! There is the narrowest side walks I have ever seen.And to make it worse there is a freaking pole in the middle of it! Thankfully the street was not busy and we walked this small stretch on the street. On the side road leading from the gardens to our house we walked on the street because what do you know! The famous olive trees were in the middle of the sidewalk took up the whole sidewalk, but it was ok because it is not a busy street!
It was a huge ordeal! It was just a five minute walk! It was this hard on me with a small stroller! Imagine how much harder it would be for a person on a wheel chair...now I am sure those individuals that person was talking about got a ride to the university and did not take the bus!