In Line — Wheel Tales of Willow City

In Line 00In Line 01In Line 02In Line 03In Line 04In Line 05In Line 06In Line 07In Line 08I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.


Barriers to accessibility might not be obvious. A crowd of people waiting for a bus can effectively block a sidewalk for both able-bodied and those in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters. (shopping carts, baby strollers, baby carriages…) It might seem that you only have to ask and people would move, but it is not easy for many people to approach and speak to a stranger. Some people would simply wait until there is room to get through.

Keep an eye out for barriers to both the able and disabled members of society.


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Spun Out! -2 — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Spun Out 000Spun Out 001Spun Out 002Spun Out 003Spun Out 004Spun Out 005Spun Out 006Spun Out 007Spun Out 008Spun Out 009Spun Out 010Spun Out 011Spun Out 012Spun Out 013Spun Out 014Spun Out 015Spun Out 016Spun Out 017I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.


Barriers to accessibility for those depending on using a wheelchair might not be obvious to the able-bodied observer. A patch of deep gravel left as a temporary measure by maintenance workers might be easily walked over by anyone walking, but that same patch of gravel would bog down a wheelchair.

The same patch can be an issue for baby strollers and carriages; elderly and their walkers or canes; as well as mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Luckily most times such patches are temporary, but there are similar sorts of barriers that pop up from time to time and some aren’t cleared up quickly.

Keep an eye out for barriers to both the able and disabled members of society.


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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The Further Adventures of Alfred Duncan — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Albert Duncan00Albert Duncan01Albert Duncan02Albert Duncan03Albert Duncan04Albert Duncan05Albert Duncan06Albert Duncan07Albert Duncan08Albert Duncan09I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

There is considerable planning involved in making public and private structures accessible. Sometimes it can’t be done, but most places are successful. A couple of friends of mine told me about something they came across. After ascending the wheelchair ramps to the entrance of a building, they were stymied to find two or three steps at the front entrance. Those steps created a barrier to anyone in a wheelchair that wasn’t a wheelchair athlete.

There seems always to be more work needed to make buildings wheelchair accessible. Perhaps it is the fact that many places are well done that make the bad ones stand out more… but I hear horror stories still.

Of course there are many who make huge efforts to help!


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Overtime — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Overtime 00Overtime 01Overtime 02Overtime 03Overtime 04Overtime 05Overtime 06Overtime 07Overtime 08Overtime 09Overtime 10I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

Being fairly regularly able, I have found that when I cross many major arterial roads at a light, I barely make it before the light for the road traffic. I don’t mean when the pedestrian crossing light changes from “Walk” to “Don’t Walk”, but when the light for the vehicular traffic changes from red to green.

I can only imagine what it is like for anyone that travels below normal walking speed. I consider what it is like for someone with kids and groceries. I imagine what it is like for someone who walks with only one leg — proud at their progress to walking with a prosthetic, but just a bit slower than most able-bodied folk. I imagine what it is like for the person using a walker. I know that the lights can only be so long for each cycle of a light, but I know of many who barely make it “If” they start the second the “Walk” signal comes on.

I’ve seen a system where all the traffic lights turn red and all the pedestrian crossing lights turn to “Walk” — including two new diagonal cross-walks crossing from corner to corner in the intersection. That probably gives at least twice as much time to cross the intersections. Crossing diagonally means only a single crossing where you would have had to make two crossings without the diagonal. It makes a bit of sense to me and traffic still flows at nearly the same rate. (So I hear.)

Regardless, short pedestrian crossing times can impair some people’s ability to cross intersections safely.


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Extra Fees — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Extra Fees 00Extra Fees 01Extra Fees 02Extra Fees 03Extra Fees 04Extra Fees 05Extra Fees 06Extra Fees 07Extra Fees 08Extra Fees 09Extra Fees 10Extra Fees 11Extra Fees 12Extra Fees 13I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

There is a move for utilities, other corporations, and organizations to start charging extra to have their bills mailed to the consumer. They are trying to promote access to the bills online. It saves the cost of printing and for paper to be sure, but there is a cost. There are people that don’t use computers. They have their own reasons, to be sure, but some have little choice.

There are people who have physical barriers to them using computers, tablets, and smart phones. They might have carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or other issues making it next to impossible to use keyboards, mice, or touch screens. The also might simply have problems understanding how to use new devices.

A $2 or $3 surcharge might not seem like much, but with it not being unusual to have 5 or more bills in the mail — $10, $15, or more can stress the fixed, low-income budget that many elderly or disabled have. For them, these new charges are like a form of discrimination.


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Inter-What? — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Inter-What? by DWPenner

Inter-What?
by DWPenner

Hello Mrs Little!

Hello Mrs Little!

Hello Willy! Do you have a few minutes to give me a hand?

Hello Willy! Do you have a few minutes to give me a hand?

Sure I have some time for you.

Sure I have some time for you.

What can I do for you?

What can I do for you?

Can you come in and help me out, reading my telephone bill?

Can you come in and help me out, reading my telephone bill?

Why do you need help with that? You have good eyes.

Why do you need help with that? You have good eyes.

They've put my bill on the Internet and I don't know how to use it.

They’ve put my bill on the Internet and I don’t know how to use it.

I'm sure I can help you with that...

I’m sure I can help you with that…

...and I'll try teach you about the Internet too.

…and I’ll try teach you about the Internet too.

That would be great! Everyone is going onto the Net and they just assume we know.

That would be great! Everyone is going onto the Net and they just assume we know.

I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

It seems that many people and organizations are making assumptions about people and technology. They assume that “everyone” has a Cell phone or a Fax machine or a computer and the Internet.

Not everyone has access to every gadget. It isn’t just people who despise change or technology — many people don’t normally have a need for some things. For example not everyone feels a need to be on the Internet and don’t want the added expense. For another example not everyone has a need for a Cell phone — their normal land-line works just fine in their lives.

The only time they miss some forms of technology is when someone makes another assumption that “everybody” has it.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

My Eyes are Down Here! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

My Eyes are Down Here!

My Eyes are Down Here!

Betty, my chair has been playing up. I'm waiting for the service man.

Betty, my chair has been playing up. I’m waiting for the service man.

Willow City Wheelchair Service

Willow City Wheelchair Service

Now I don't have my electric wheelchair for a while. I'll need help.

Now I don’t have my electric wheelchair for a while. I’ll need help.

Let's go get some ice cream! I'll push, you pay!

Let’s go get some ice cream! I’ll push, you pay!

Hi Willy, Betty! Did you just have an ice cream?

Hi Willy, Betty! Did you just have an ice cream?

Yes Hank, we just had some. If you were here earlier I would have bought you one too.

Yes Hank, we just had some. If you were here earlier I would have bought you one too.

Why is Betty pushing you in the manual chair?

Why is Betty pushing you in the manual chair?

My electric wheelchair is in the shop for a day.

My electric wheelchair is in the shop for a day.

Willy, why do the clerks keep asking me what you want?

Willy, why do the clerks keep asking me what you want?

They always are looking at me and ignoring you.

They always are looking at me and ignoring you.

It's always like that Betty, they always talk to the care giver.

It’s always like that Betty, they always talk to the care giver.

Sometimes it makes me want to say: "Talk to me, my eyes are down here!"

Sometimes it makes me want to say:
“Talk to me, my eyes are down here!”

I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

When many people come across a care giver with a person with a disability, they will talk to the care giver ignoring their client as if they weren’t there. Remember to address the disabled person and not the helper if you should be talking to their client.

This strip was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding Dong!

Ding Dong!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Oh! A note from the postman. "Called, but no answer. You may pick up your pac..."

Oh! A note from the postman. “Called, but no answer. You may pick up your pac…”

Hello Hank! Could you do me a favour?

Hello Hank! Could you do me a favour?

Sure Willy! What can I do for you?

Sure Willy! What can I do for you?

When you go to work tomorrow could you pick up a package...

When you go to work tomorrow could you pick up a package…

...for me? The postman didn't wait long enough for me to answer the door... Again.

…for me? The postman didn’t wait long enough for me to answer the door… Again.

I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

Have you ever discovered a note from the postal service, delivery service, or a courier telling you that you weren’t home when they came to deliver something. You know you were home all day… or perhaps there was a ring at the doorbell and nobody there. Consider what it is like when you are mobility impaired or have some other issue that keeps you from flying to the door in a blink of the eye.

Just those who need a home delivery the most end up missing them and having to arrange to pick things up at a post office or depot. Your regular postman or delivery person might understand and know to wait that bit extra. But with deliveries often it isn’t anyone that knows your situation doing the delivery. You sure don’t want to advertise the fact on the front door that you have any sort of disability — to invite stray prowlers in to prey on you.

All it needs is patience on the part of people working to deliver as quick as possible to as many people as possible… sort of a conflict of interest there…

This strip was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

A Funny Thing Happened… — Wheel Tales of Willow City

A Funny Thing Happened...

A Funny Thing Happened…

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I wonder where Albert is?  (Grand Opening — Willow City Centre Mall — Now Fully Accessible!)

I wonder where Albert is? (Grand Opening — Willow City Centre Mall — Now Fully Accessible!)

(Grand Opening — Willow City Centre Mall — Now Fully Accessible!)

(Grand Opening — Willow City Centre Mall — Now Fully Accessible!)

I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

I have noticed that often around construction zones, first allowance is made for cars; next it is made for fit pedestrians; next cyclists; and finally — if at all — for the disabled, people with shopping carts, baby carriages and strollers. Even if space is given it is often soon blocked because it is a convenient space to drop some construction materials off at.

This strip was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a look

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner