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It's hard to be confident in public policies that compromise principle.
Defining and Finding "True" Accessibility

Illustration: Two men shake hands after having reached an acceptable compromise, which allows each person to achieve most of his goals.[5] Compromise vs. Confidence:

"Any denial of human rights is a denial of the basic beliefs of democracy."
Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd U.S. President

Most Americans today, if you asked them, would probably agree (or at least claim to agree) with the statement on human rights quoted above.

So why does most civil rights legislation (such as the ADA) take so long, or only partially succeed, in achieving its intended "equal treatment" goals?

Because in the final analysis, almost all legislation inevitably requires patience, perseverance, and a substantial degree of compromise.

And compromising on any issue that some might instinctively sense should be a basic human right doesn't tend to instill a high degree of confidence in the "system" for anyone, regardless of which side of that particular issue an individual may happen to favor at that given moment in time.

This is especially true with Civil Rights legislation.

As Congress (or any other legislative body) anguishes over creating new laws to help any particular group of people whose rights may have been previously curtailed or denied, such legislative bodies must also try to avoid stomping too hard on the rights of other groups of people who, individually or collectively, may not understand or want to accept how or why "those other people" might expect – and sometimes even demand – to have access to the same rights, privileges, and opportunities as "we" already do ... even if "we" have been able to take such rights for granted for centuries. And there sits the "controversy" in the minds of many.

Legislators must often walk a tightrope, trying to "do the right thing" while also trying to make sure they get re-elected. Consequently, they must attempt to weigh the needs and wishes of each of the various special-interest groups that may be affected by proposed legislation, and try to strike a balance that will more or less satisfy everybody somewhat.

The result of this balancing process is usually pretty good "common sense" legislation, even though it won't quite give anybody everything they want, and probably never will.

This does NOT mean you should ever just blissfully ignore what your elected officials do ...

It is always a good idea to closely watch the people who make your Laws (whether Federal, State, or Local), and call them up, or write them, or send them e-mail, to express your viewpoints on issues important to you. In the long run, frequent and sustained communication with your elected officials truly can help get things done that need to be done.

Unfortunately, most such "political activism" usually can't help you find an accessible dentist's office you can visit right now with today's toothache, or an accessible restaurant for your mother's birthday dinner next Tuesday.

So the only way any "disabled consumer" can truly feel safe and confident (about one's efforts to simply live the most "normal" life available to that individual) is to obtain as much reliable and uncompromised information as possible available beforehand to be able to know whether a particular store or church or restaurant or medical facility will be truly accessible – for them.

BFC Helps by Providing Reliable and Uncompromised Information that You Need

BarrierFreeChoices helps locate facilities that are accessible for the majority of the disabled population. We provide detailed consumer information regarding each of the facilities that are listed with our service, which can save you days of research and frustration. Each facility we approve (such as an individual restaurant, retail store, etc.) has been carefully researched and pre-screened for a variety of accessibility factors.

However, as your own "disability advocate", you are always the final authority in determining if a particular facility will satisfy your specific accessibility requirements. If you have read this entire article, you now should have a pretty good idea of how to achieve your objectives.

Although it may not always be easy, BFC is here to help sort out such issues. Good luck!

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