We went on an outing!
Joe and I headed over to see Luminescence showing in the University of Toronto Art Centre. It's a lovely walk from our place over to the University and we took our time wending our way there. We wandered the walkway through Queen's Park and enjoyed seeing the park in the middle of a Canadian winter. We got thoroughly and profoundly lost on campus and asked several people where the Art Centre was. Let's just say that they really need to raise their profile on campus. One woman, I'm guessing a professor, said that she's in sciences so doesn't know anything about the arts ... she was joking, but it's kind of a scary joke to make.
Finally we went to the Visitors Centre.
Let's stop and consider what a visitor centre is ... it's a place where, um, visitors go. It's kind of like the public face of the University and I would think that they would take this fairly seriously.
At least not for people with disabilities.
I went in through the doors and found that I was on a platform facing several steps heading down into the centre itself. There was a small elevator that had a big sign hanging off it saying, "Out of Service." There was nothing giving any indication that us disabled folks should do anything other than just turn round and leave. Joe went down to the woman who was serving someone else. She saw me sitting up on the platform and glanced away quickly - seeing me would require doing something I guess. Anyways she spoke to Joe and as I heard what he asked I wanted to clarify what he said so I hollered down to her. Hollered!! She gave no indication that me being up there, stranded, would effect her service in any way. So we had a brief interchange, yelling information back and forth.
I realized, then, that I hadn't asked the big question, so I called back to her, "Is it wheelchair accessible?"
She stated the obvious ... "It should be."
Well, lady, EVERYWHERE SHOULD BE, LIKE THIS FRELLING PLACE SHOULD BE... BUT IS IT??? (I didn't say that ...)
I said, frustrated, "Should be ... isn't very reassuring."
She said, "I haven't been over there in a while."
I said, "Shouldn't someone working in the visitors centre have the answer to basic questions about access?"
I guess she was done with talking to me, or maybe she was just hoarse from yelling to me up on the platform, because she then, ignored me.
Visitor Centre --- maybe they should clarify just who classifies as a visitor.
The rest of our visit Saturday.