No one likes to wait. We avoid long lines of people waiting their turn to buy things; we get irritated when stuck in snail’s pace traffic; our frustration rises when we have a slow connection on the Internet. But there is a far more insidious type of waiting that goes on every day, all around us, and we mostly do nothing about it. I’m talking about the decades long wait for respect.
We see evidence of the lack of respect everywhere: in great cities like New York City, where the mayor and the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission focus their energy and taxpayers’ money on upgrading the taxi fleet — for everyone except wheelchair users. Mayor Bloomberg and the TLC have gone to great lengths to blatantly disregard the Americans with Disabilities Act — our one best hope for equal treatment under federal law. The same goes for health care providers, who seem to see our health needs as less important than … well, anyone who is not disabled.
But if we look outside our border