A Sign of the Times

As I was answering an e-mail from a reader, I just had one of those great “aha moments” and realized what strides we have made in access in just 10 years.

I was telling the reader about the “access maps” that cruise ships used to have. The premise was pretty simple – since there were only a few accessible pathways on the ships, the cruise lines made up these access maps so disabled customers could get from point A to point B with a minimum of muss and fuss. They were a pretty low tech solution to a very frustrating problem. But hey, they worked.

But today the access maps are gone – I can’t recall the last time I saw one – and that’s a very good thing. Why? Because they are building accessible ships these days. We don’t need access maps because all of the pathways are accessible. And that’s a very good thing.

Now that’s progress!