I tried to attend my great-grandson’s football game recently at Memorial Field in downtown State College. If you use a walker like me or need a wheelchair, you will not be welcome. I tried to get in at the left of the school building and faced a daunting run of steps. Going around the school building and entering from the alley was not any better — once again I faced steps. I walked down the alley only to find the gate locked at the one and only ramp. This ramp/road was so steep that I would not have been able to use it anyway. I walked back up the alley and someone pointed out the deck that apparently was supposed to be for disabled persons. It was on the corner of the bleachers, which blocked the view of more than half of the field, and there were no steps to access the deck. By then I was exhausted and crying.
This is a public venue and should be accessible to everyone. The school district is spending millions on new high school buildings. I am a taxpayer here and my money is going to those improvements, but I am not welcome at a game on school district property? Shame on SCASD for ignoring this and making disabled persons feel like unwanted trash.
Cynthia Flick, Port Matilda