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New Accessibility Task Force will tackle barriers to access for disabled and senior New Yorkers

If you’re in a wheelchair, or use a cane or walker, or even just have a more temporary injury, it can truly be a challenge to get from point A to point B. That’s why I formed my new Accessibility Task Force, composed of stakeholders and advocates who will address access issues in transit and urban design for disabled and senior New Yorkers as they navigate the city.

We held the first meeting of the task force today and it will meet regularly in the months to come.

My office’s recent report on barriers to access in the subway system is but one example of the issues that government should address. The Accessibility Task Force’s job will be to develop a complete ‘punch list’ and shine a light on these issues.

Watch task force member Susan Scheer talk at my State of the Borough event about the struggles disabled people face:

Members of the Task Force include (list in formation):