Protesters: Improve access

Protesters: Improve access

Activists with disabilities make their case downtown
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At Poppy’s sandwich shop, protesters couldn’t get through the two-step entrance at the front door. Southwest Center for Independence led a procession down Main Avenue on Tuesday to protest accessibility issues.
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After Ian Engle backed himself down a steep stairway to reach the downstairs bathroom at Olde Tymer’s Cafe, he had no easy way back up. Lunching La Plata County Sheriff investigators, from left, Tom Cowing, Dan Patterson and Joe Gabbard carried Engle back up to the patio dining area.
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Ian Engle, right, part of a demonstration led by the Southwest Center for Independence, speaks to Matt Scott of Poppy’s about his difficulty entering the restaurant on east Fifth Street. Currently, people in wheelchairs must enter the business from the back as two steps block easy access through the front door.
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Ian Engle with the Southwest Center for Independence speaks to Matt Scott of Poppy's on East 5th StreetTuesday as part of the center's campaign to draw attention to inadequacies in access for those with disabilities in various business in the downtown area. Currently, people in wheel chairs must enter the business from the back as a high step blocks access through the front door. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Merry Anne Nelson, left crosses a downtown Durango Street Tuesday with Sandy Hoel who holds a sign demanding equal rights for those with disabilities during a protest by the Southwest Center for Independence to draw awareness of access issues in businesses people who are disabled. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Southwest Center for Independence protesters cross the street towards Olde Tymer's Cafe Tuesday as part of their campaign to draw attention to inadequacies in access for those with disabilities in various business in the downtown area. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Ian Engle with the Southwest Center for Independence backs down steep steps at Olde Tyner's Cafe Tuesday to use the restroom. He was unable to get back up the stairs and had to be carried by three men back up. Engle was participating in the center's campaign to draw attention to inadequacies in access for those with disabilities in various business in the downtown area. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Vincent Delue rolls along the sidewalk in front of Poppy's on East 5th Street Tuesday as part of a protest by the Southwest center for Independence to draw awareness of access issues in businesses for those with disabilities. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Ian Engle with the Southwest Center for Independence looks at steep stairs he must navigate at Oldee Tymer's Cafe to use the restroom. The Center stageed a protest along Main Avenue Tuesday to draw attention to inadequacies in access for those with disabilities in various business in the downtown area. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Ian Engle with the Southwest Center for Independence gets carried up stairs at Olde Tymer's Cafe Tuesday after going down a steep staircase to use the restroom and found he could not get back up. La Plata County Sheriff Investigators Tom Cowing, left, Dan Patterson and Joe Gabbard carried Engle back up to the patio dining area. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Vincent Delue, right is joined by Merry Anne Nelson as they wait for an area where they may eat lunch at Olde Tymer's Cafe during a protest by the Southwest center for Independence to draw awareness of access issues in businesses for those with disabilities Tuesday. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Merry Anne Nelson, left, is joined by Sandy Hoel who holds a sign demanding equal rights for those with disabilities during a protest along Main Avenue by the Southwest Center for Independence to draw awareness of access issues in businesses people who are disabled. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Ian Engle with the Southwest Center for Independence speaks to staff at Olde Tymer's Cafe Tuesday about how he will be able to return to restaurants dining area after going to the restroom at he bottom of a steep staircase. Engle was eventually carried up the stairs by three men. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Ian Engle with the Southwest Center for Independence speaks to Matt Scott of Poppy's on East 5th StreetTuesday as part of the center's campaign to draw attention to inadequacies in access for those with disabilities in various business in the downtown area. Currently, people in wheelchairs must enter the business from the back as a high step blocks access through the front door. Photo by Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald
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Members of the Southwest Center for Independence gather around Poppy's Sandwich Shop to protest their inaccessible entrance, and offer possible solutions for how they can better their handicap accomodations on Tuesday. Photo by Hanna Martensy/Durango Herald
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Ian Engle, watches as a ramp is placed in an inaccesible entrance at a Poppy's on Tuesday. Protestors went down Main Street thanking businesses who had made their establishments handicap accessible, and bringing awareness to those who aren't. Photo by Hanna Martensy/Durango Herald
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Protestors hold up their signs to bring awareness to the handicap innaccessibility of Durango businesses on Tuesday. Photo by Hanna Martensy/Durango Herald
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