We often hear about discrimination in many forms. We sympathize with those who are discriminated against and try to be understanding. However, until it happens to us, we don’t really know how it feels or what impact it has on our lives.
About a year and a half ago, the VA provided me with a power wheel chair since I can no longer walk more than a few feet at a time with assistance. I then sent a request to the corporation that owns the apartment complex, for a special door closer to be installed on the door to the rear entrance of my apartment building that complies with ADA regulations for barrier free access to my building. Since then my repeated requests have gone unanswered and have been ignored.
I’ve contacted my city alderman and had a visit with him and another city official. They have not done anything for me either. It seems they have no authority to enforce any laws to comply with with fair housing or the ADA regulations.
So I’m stuck here in my apartment with no way out except when I can get someone to open the door for me to allow me to get in and out. How fair is that? No one can imagine how depressing it is to look out the window knowing that you can’t get out to enjoy the outdoors.
If I could afford an attorney I would definitely file a lawsuit for discriminating against me. I feel that I’ve run out of options now. I could try having it installed myself, but then I run the risk of getting myself in trouble for doing it.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
When you see someone at a disadvantage because of circumstances beyond their control, be understanding and sympathetic. Try to help if you can. They will certainly appreciate it and I will too.