Watch How Long It Takes This Man in a Wheelchair to Hail a Cab in New York City
In 2012, a total of 233 wheelchair-accessible taxis existed in New York City, according to Accessible Dispatch. That is out of more than 13,000 total taxis in the city.
This makes life difficult for the more than 35,000 people with disabilities living in this city, according to the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York –people like Scott Hard, a Brooklyn-based music producer who became paralyzed in a hit-and-run accident in 2008, according to the YouTube video below.
Hard is paralyzed from the chest down, which makes getting around in New York City strenuous. In the video below he attempts to hail a wheelchair-accessible cab, which make up only 2 percent of the New York City taxi fleet, according to the YouTube description.
Watch the video below for a glimpse into Hard’s world and all the obstacles that he, and thousands of other New Yorkers with disabilities, must face every day: