What we want for Bedford: Inclusivity
Inclusivity Definition: the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those having physical or mental disabilities or belonging to other minority groups.
When you read that definition, do you think of Bedford as an inclusive community? I say no, absolutely not.
How can Bedford become more accessible?
One major way is being a community who raises the voices of those with disabilities and speaks up for projects that improve accessibility. A major project that would accomplish this is the Reformatory Branch Rail Trail updates. Does this solve the inequality toward those with disabilities? Absolutely not, but it is one step in the right direction.
Being inclusive is not passive, and as an advocate for this community, I ask you to take a look around our town and consider the accessibility for those with disabilities. Broken sidewalks, areas with no curb cuts, steep inclines, no accessible play space for disabled children. For my family, there is only one truly accessible outdoor space to be together and that is the Minuteman Trail. We deserve more. Opponents have spoken about the natural aspects of the trail being so important for mental health, and that it is also hugely important for the disabled community. Disabled children and adults deserve access to nature.
There are many improvements that are needed around town and a rail trail for all would be a major step in a positive direction for the disabled community. Please join my family in voting yes at Special Town Meeting on 11/14, for a rail trail for all.