This is an important kind of accessibility that is severely lacking in the medical world. My doctor should be as accessible to me as her front office is. She should be as accessible as a designer is to his clients, as owners are to their dogs, as a manager is to her employees.
Today, I still need my scooter and wheelchair to get around. But something inside me has changed. I have a sense of freedom that is in some ways more powerful and sustainable than what I felt when I could walk and dance and run and play.
Because Jurassic Park was designed for accessibility, its door handles were long levers of the type recommended by design experts and people like me. Those doors had long, lovely user-friendly handles... easily manipulated by, in this case, hungry Velociraptors.
Regardless of the outcome, health care reform today comes down to four simple, words: accessibility, affordability, choice, and competition. For good measure, there is also perhaps a fifth word: right,