It’s a clusterfuck. The main site I work for is a multi story 19th c mansion (we’re using it as an office). We recently restored the back porch which would normally mean we had to add accessibility. We fought it and were ultimately given an exemption on putting in a ramp because it would have been a slippery slope: we would have had to widen the doors and make them open automatically, revamp the entire interior, and add an elevator to make the site accessible and none of that is in our budget so adding a ramp is pointless. Our site is near other spaces that are modern and already accessible and we will gladly have a meeting in one of them if you require or prefer it. But we’re not bankrupting ourselves and destroying our building in the off chance someone in a chair needs our services and demands to have a meeting in this building.I have literally never thought of it from this point before. Very interesting points.
I’d worry you could identify me from this information except this is happening in every place that does adaptive reuse of historic structures all over the country. These people would rather wipe out the historic fabric of our built environment to draw attention to themselves and the horrible plight of ableism and discrimination they endure daily than to accept that not every place on earth has to cater to them. In the long run it’s going to be one of those things like the 1960s/70s slum clearance and urban renewal plans that we’re so horrified by today.