Many of you might remember that I have an adult daughter who is disabled. She has Cerebral Palsy and walks with crutches or uses a wheelchair or a scooter for long distances. She also has some fine motor problems. She is very self-sufficient and independant, and has been living on her own at a college about 150 miles from our home for 3 years. She is 22 years old and a college senior.
She is applying for graduate programs right now. The one she is most interested in (and that her advisor feels is the best match for her) is in Cambridge – the Cambridge in England, not the one in Massachusetts.
So, my question: how handicapped accessible is London? I was assuming it would be OK for her, especially since the professor she would be working for (and who has encouraged her to apply) has met her and knows her situation; but my husband heard from somebody he knows that England is not particularly accessible.
Are the streets easily accessible for wheelchairs, with curb cuts and all? How about the mass transit? What about the school itself? I know it’s old – will she be able to get around? What’s the weather like in London? She doesn’t get around real well in lots of snow…
This is just for curiousity’s sake, to tell the truth – if she gets in, and gets funding, she’d definately going. What’s the Straight Dope?