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I totally agree. I am legally blind. I usually use Metro Access, because so often when I'd ride Metro, younger, able-bodied people were so rude about remaining seated, chatting with their friends or on their phones, pretending not to notice me (I have some residual vision, so I could see them.) It's humiliating enough that I'm now blind & older & don't have good balance. I've had embarrassing experiences trying to remain standing holding onto the pole, & falling into someone's lap on a crowded train as it swerves. But I still can't bring myself to ask someone to get up if they're clearly not initiating it themselves. So I just started sitting down on the floor. Sometimes, someone else disabled, in one of the priority seats, or someone in a middle seat, would ask someone able-bodied to get up from the priority seat so I could sit, or someone in a non-priority seat would even offer their seat, which was nice of them, but it was still very embarrassing. Easier just not to ride Metro.

I also traveled in Portland, OR. On their signs back in 2011, they didn't refer to seniors & disabled; they called us "honored citizens". Much more polite, but I'm not suggesting that for here, because people are so focused on their own rights rather than social responsibilities that they'd all consider themselves honored, & it would just be a joke. Apparently it didn't work in Portland either.

by Edee F on Jun 30, 2016 9:32 pm • linkreport

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