Wheelchair users push for access on Dekalb Avenue

Advocates are demanding more easily accessible sidewalks for wheelchair users at the intersection of Dekalb Avenue and Washington Park.



Yesenia Torres says she can't get to Fort Greene Park because the curb is too high.



"Each street has to have two curb cuts, and this one -- it's impossible," Torres says. "I cannot go up."



Valerie Joseph, another wheelchair user and advocate, says she can get up but not safely.



The Parks Department says it has recently upgraded a different park entrance to be accessible for wheelchairs, and the city Department of Transportation says plans are already in the works to upgrade the Dekalb Avenue intersection, but could not provide a timeline for its completion.



The nonprofit Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled has already filed a lawsuit against the city demanding that all curbs in the city be made handicapped accessible.


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