Lingering Snow, Ice Present Obstacles To People With Disabilities

(CBS) — It’s hard enough navigating snow-clogged streets and sidewalks when you don’t have a disability.

When you have one, it can be very difficult to get around, CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

To call it a struggle is an understatement.

“It makes it difficult for my wheelchair, as you’ll notice,” Aziza Nassar says.

Snow-packed sidewalks can put her in harm’s way because she may have to use the street to get around. She says blind people have the challenge of trying to use their guidestick while tactile curb cuts are buried in snow.

Among the more treacherous spots are bus stops, where the simple few steps from the bus to the sidewalk are buried deep.

“There are people who are around using strollers, carrying groceries. It’s not just folks with disabilities,” Nassar says.

The city of Chicago is issuing warnings — no tickets yet — to property owners who have not cleared sidewalks.

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