Earlier this week I had lunch with a dear friend, the LAc who introduced me to acupuncture. Our conversation led to her recent search for a new office space for her practice, and she spoke eloquently and passionately regarding building accessibility.

I was surprised to learn that several of the practitioners’ spaces she visited were not accessible. Neither she nor I are pointing fingers or naming names, but it’s hard to believe that in the alternative medicine realm practitioners would use inaccessible spaces. My friend was even more incredulous. “It’s just wrong,” she said, “to even consider having a practice in an inaccessible building.”

Additionally, a couple of the practitioners misrepresented the accessibility of their locations (ostensibly in hope of hooking a lease, I suppose). “Just incorrigible,” my friend commented.

This issue affects many segments of the general population — elderly, people with fractures and/.or sprains, a legion of different users of alternative health care — not just people with disabilities. I instinctively feel (and hope) my friend encountered isolated cases — a few bad apples, as it were. But let’s all be more aware about the medical and professional buildings we encounter, and be vocal about any inequities we witness.


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