MOST LIVABLE CITIES FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS

Nov 11, 2010
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We often struggle with access in our neighborhoods and we wonder how our city compares to others. Now we can find out how well our city compares to others by reading “Top Cities for Disability” lifestyle satisfaction created by The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act the foundation undertook an effort to identify the “Top 20 Most Livable Cities for people with disabilities.” Check and see how your city fared. I was very pleased to see Chicago (my hometown) on the list. I think we slipped down to sixth place due to the weather we have in January and February. However, I don’t think there is too much we can do about that annual deep freeze!

The cities were selected based on their performance in several areas that impact lifestyle and personal satisfaction. These were: clean air, Medicaid eligibility, access to specialized physicians and rehabilitation facilities, access to fitness facilities and recreation, employment opportunity for people with disabilities, access to paratransit, the city’s age and its climate.

The TOP 20 Cities (in rank order) for 2010 are:

1. Seattle, Washington
2. Albuquerque, New Mexico
3. Reno, Nevada
4. Denver, Colorado
5. Portland, Oregon
6. Chicago, Illinois
7. Birmingham, Alabama
8. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
9. Orlando, Florida
10. Lubbock, Texas
11. Miami, Florida
12. Tampa, Florida
13. Durham, North Carolina
14. Fort Worth, Texas,
15. Virginia Beach, Virginia
16. Arlington, Texas
17. Baltimore, Maryland
18. New Orleans, Louisiana
19. Arlington, Virginia
20. Atlanta, Georgia

For more information, see www.christopherreeve.org

Author: Tanya