Despite its many strengths, Bedford does not offer the most accessible public buildings (look for Braille signage anywhere, for example), or services (sign language interpreting at Town Meeting).
But there is a survey that the Town of Bedford is mounting to give us all a chance to offer some suggestions and thoughts to help Bedford plan, and then actually become, more accessible to those of us with disabilities.
This is a brave thing for the Town to do, because the need is great, and implementation will be costly and time-consuming.
I think it is incumbent upon all of us who have access needs that are not met now to weigh in with our ideas.
The town has hired a consultant to develop a plan, and there’s a survey coming to collect information.
Part of the resulting plan will be based on our input. Let’s provide that input!
The plan that comes out of all this will be the best it can be if it reflects the real needs of the people who live and work here.