Katrina Gossett chose to live in a downtown Indianapolis neighborhood close to stores, services, and parks, so that she can be independent. She has a service dog and uses a wheelchair. “I’ve noticed that the stores and restaurants have made an effort to become accessible even though the [older] architecture is not ideally designed for it.” Through Gossett’s eyes, we understand how unobstructed pathways, smooth curb cuts, accessible shop entrances, and automatic door openers within her reach can make a difference. Although there are remaining barriers, she applauds the city for “really making strides. They’re making downtown a more exciting and vibrant place.”
This video was recorded at the 2012 annual conference of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and is hosted on the CAC Voices YouTube channel from the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. All CAC Voices videos are captioned: click on the “CC” icon at the bottom of the video to turn captions on or off.