Brindavan & Ooty Botanical Garden Officials Discriminate Against Mom Of Disabled Child

Our visit to Brindavan Gardens & Ooty Botanical Garden turned disheartening with broken wheelchairs; betraying the promise of accessibility.

As a mother who always strives to enrich my daughter’s experiences, I was excited to take her to the iconic Brindavan Gardens in Mysore and the picturesque Botanical Garden in Ooty.

Armed with the knowledge that these places offered wheelchairs for visitors with mobility challenges, we embarked on our journey with high hopes of creating lasting memories. Little did I know that our enthusiasm would soon be dampened by the disappointing reality of broken wheelchairs, not just once but twice.

The promise of accessibility

In an era where inclusivity is championed, it is disheartening to encounter barriers that impede the experiences of individuals with disabilities. Both Brindavan Gardens and Ooty Botanical Garden proudly advertise their commitment to accessibility, claiming to provide wheelchairs for those in need.

However, the stark reality on the ground contradicts these promises, leaving visitors like us feeling let down and frustrated.

Broken wheelchairs: a letdown for all

Brindavan & Ooty Botanical Garden Officials Discriminate Against Mom Of Disabled Child

Upon reaching the parks, we were eager to avail the promised wheelchairs, only to be informed that the available ones were in a state of disrepair. This not only posed a significant inconvenience but also raised questions about the commitment of these popular tourist destinations to ensuring a truly inclusive experience for all visitors.

It’s disheartening to witness the disappointment on my daughter’s face as she struggled to navigate the uneven terrain without the assistance of a wheelchair. The broken wheelchairs not only hindered her mobility but also cast a shadow over what was supposed to be a joyous and carefree day.

Financial investments vs. inclusive values

Parks like Brindavan Gardens and Ooty Botanical Garden are not just recreational spaces but significant public assets. Millions are invested in their development and maintenance, and it is only fair to expect that a fraction of these funds be allocated to maintaining functional wheelchairs.

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Ensuring the availability of working wheelchairs is not just a matter of fulfilling legal requirements, but an ethical responsibility to make public spaces truly accessible to everyone.

Brindavan & Ooty Botanical Garden Officials Discriminate Against Mom Of Disabled Child

The call for change

It is crucial for authorities overseeing these public spaces to recognize the urgency of addressing accessibility issues. By investing in well-maintained wheelchairs and other facilities, they can create an environment where all visitors, regardless of their physical abilities, can fully enjoy the beauty these parks have to offer.

The broken wheelchairs at Brindavan Gardens in Mysore and Ooty Botanical Garden were a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done to ensure true inclusivity in our public spaces. I sincerely hope our experience prompts those in charge to reevaluate their commitment to accessibility and take immediate steps to rectify the situation.

After all, everyone deserves the chance to explore and appreciate the wonders of these parks without unnecessary hindrances.


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Farida Rizwan

I am Farida Rizwan, 57, Counselor and Psychotherapist working as Senior Curriculum Developer with Chimple Learning. I am the founder of My Giggle Garden, Preschool, and Daycare. I am an ardent blogger @www.chaptersfrommylife.com read more...

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