In Line — Wheel Tales of Willow City

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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

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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

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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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Rain, Rain, Go Away! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

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With the changes in mail service in recent times more and more post offices are stopping home delivery. Instead they want to set up community mailboxes. This might only be a minor inconvenience for most able-bodied folks, but for those with mobility issues it can become a barrier. Many electric wheel chairs and mobility scooters can’t be taken out in the rain, and snow can be an absolute barrier. Those using canes, walkers and other mobility devices can’t cross stretches of snow or mud — consider people who must use oxygen and the tanks that they wheel with. Those with issues of stability also have problems whether due to disability or age. Fatigue issues may preclude a long walk to the postal boxes.

You also don’t want to leave any mail in the box overnight because of risk of mail theft. Since you don’t necessarily know everyone in your neighbourhood you wouldn’t realize when a stranger is spending a little too long at the boxes — breaking into them. When the mail comes to your door, at least your neighbours might realize when a stranger is trying to get your mail. If mail is left overnight in the neighbourhood post office boxes on a street corner, there is a greater chance of mail theft and… identity theft.

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.

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Spun Out! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Spun Out 00Spun Out 01Spun Out 02Spun Out 03Spun Out 04Spun Out 05Spun Out 06I 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.

How many times have you had to squeeze past a car parked partly on the side-walk or make your way around some other obstacle. It might be a minor inconvenience for some, but for others a barrier. If a roadway is narrow enough that you fear for your car unless you park on the side-walk — consider that you might be forcing people pushing strollers or in wheelchairs onto that same narrow street.

Please, try to keep side-walks clear of obstacles. You might be able to squeeze by, but not everyone can.

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.

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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