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TikToker in a wheelchair shows an “accessible” entrance that leads to a staircase

In a viral TikTok video, a creator reveals her difficulty entering a building through an intended “handicapped entrance” that is inaccessible to her or her wheelchair.

“Wheelchair accessible, my ass,” she says.

TikTok user @therealgailina pushes the button to unlock the door, but it won’t open. She has to open the door by hand and push herself and her wheelchair through at the same time. “That’s the second thing that didn’t work,” she says, referring to trying to get into the building by other means beforehand.

When she finally enters the building, she sees that the entrance leads to a staircase. “What the?” she calls.

The video was released on May 24th and has since received over 1.4 million views.

@therealgailina Reply to @rese.puff 😂😂😂 #fyp #disability #disabledtiktok #incontinence #handicap #spinalcordinjury #recovery #motivation #funny #comedy ♬ Original sound – Gailina

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards, first introduced in 1991 and updated in 2010, at least 60% of all public entrances in new buildings must be wheelchair accessible. While these standards are applied at the federal level, individual states may also have their own accessibility regulations.

But this viral video shows that building accessibility isn’t always kept in check.

The video resonated with many viewers, as several commented on the lack of necessary infrastructure facilities for wheelchair users.

“I never realized how miserable people were in chairs until my fiancé was in one,” said one viewer. “Even the basics. Baltimore has missing ramps on about half of its sidewalks.”

“You should MAKE SURE IT WORKS EVERY DAY,” suggested another commenter.

Others were just as confused as the creator about the design of the “barrier-free” entrance.

“What’s the point of having a door opener button when you get in and it’s only STAIRS???” asked one viewer.

The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via a TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: May 28, 2022 4:16 pm CDT

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