accessibility

Accessibility Staff Makes Sure All Can Enjoy Roots N Blues

Oct 7, 2016
Carter Woodiel

For Chuck Graham, a former state senator who uses a wheelchair, attending live music festivals was often more of a hassle than enjoyable.

“I didn’t even enjoy the music because I was so irritated with just the struggle of being able to get there,” he said.

Graham, the accessibility director for the Roots n’ Blues n’ Barbecue Festival, which took place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, was determined not to let that happen at Roots n’ Blues.

“I just wanted to make it as easy as possible for other people to get here and just really enjoy live music,” he said.

Jack Howard/KBIA

Missouri is home to two of the nation’s least accessible cities - St. Louis and Springfield. A group named WalletHub gathered information to compile this list of accessible cities. And one criteria it used was how easily people with disabilities can move around. Or, in the case of these cities, can’t.

But a new accessibility app called Compeer is currently being beta tested and may soon be able to help those with disabilities navigate cities more easily.

Brick street ordinance revised for public opinion

Mar 18, 2014
brick street
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City Council presented an amended bill at yesterday evening’s City Council meeting concerning the protection, repairs, and restoration of Columbia’s historic brick roads.