When the snow comes down, just about everyone rallies to clear sidewalks, driveways and streets.
But sometimes residents and businesses put off removing all that snow making it inaccessible.
We check in with a group of people who want change.
Snow is pretty when it comes down, but once on the ground it creates many hazards for just about everyone.
“Once it snows people who walk have no option but to walk on the streets because sidewalks and walkways and accessible routes are not plowed or snow is not removed from them,” said executive director of Independence Inc. Scott Burlingame.
According to Burlingame between 10 to 12 percent of the U.S. population live with a physical disability and most of the time they are the ones who suffer as a result of uncleared sidewalks and walkways.
“People with disabilities face barriers everyday but snow removal is just one more and when you add one more it’s a lot harder for them to participate and to get out and live independent lives in our community,” said Burlingame.
Mary Stip is visually impaired.
“I’m just about total, I do have light perception,”said Stip.
Her disability doesn’t stop her from getting around, but shoveled sidewalks do.
“My cane will touch it, and then I will take my cane upward and see how deep it is,’ said Stip.
Nathalie Gomez reporting: “It’s areas like this that Mary and just about anyone would have a problem with getting through safely”.
She says there’s been plenty of times where she’s walking on a street then all of a sudden she has to back track to get to her destination.
“It’s very frustrating because you know, we as homeowners we have to do our sidewalks why can’t the businesses be aware for us who do have to walk,”said Stip.
and the goal is for everyone to be more aware and make the Magic city more accessible for everyone.
Mary and the Independence Inc. organization will be out talking to a number of businesses trying to spread more awareness throughout the winter months.