Patti mentioned in her post today that I would be a sub at a private school today. The school is a well-known (although unnamed here) K-12 school in the New Haven area...for the über affluent parents who can afford the college-sized tuition.
I was curious, so okay I put on the tie and the wheelchair and myself went to the school. Ah, but can you guess my conundrum? The classroom buildings are inaccessible. Really. I put the best face on things, but I am clearly miffed at the agency (they should have known about the lack of access). After a couple of calls I will be paid for the day, so lesson learned: I will perform the due diligence regarding egress...
The takeaway here goes beyond any inconvenience to me. The fact that the buildings won't work with wheelchairs means that some potential students, even those whose parents can foot the bill, cannot go there. This place, being private, obviously has a large endowment and has an office of development...the funding to make the place wheelchair friendly at least to a minimal degree.
This is a private institution, so these things aren't necessary for legal reasons. Forgetting legalities, changes need to be made because that is the right thing to do. I am not knocking this school, it is a good one. Even though, they ought attend to the details.