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Getting Around In Snow A Challenge For Disabled

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Getting around after last weekend’s historic snowfall is a challenge for Minnesotans with disabilities.

They tell Minnesota Public Radio News about their struggles with unshoveled sidewalks, snowed-in handicap spaces, and rude drivers.

Some have given up on going out, and say the worst part is the feeling of isolation.

With some sidewalks still buried under snow, pedestrians and people in wheelchairs are being forced to take to the streets.

Many people with disabilities say they rely on friends, family members, and Metro Mobility, a public transportation service for riders with a disability or health condition.

But Metro Mobility won’t drop off riders unless the destination’s entrance has been shoveled and plowed. A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Council, which oversees Metro Mobility, says customer safety is the biggest concern for drivers.

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