Breaking Down Barriers: Creating a more disability-friendly city

Can Pittsburgh become a more accessible community — not simply by providing more wheelchair ramps and automatic doors, but actually serving all types of disabilities and touching every aspect of daily life?
With the abundance of technology brainpower in our city, can we create solutions to access barriers that not only enhance lives here but help people elsewhere?
These two questions were the centerpiece of Pittsburgh’s first “Accessibility Meetup,” held last week at Google’s offices in Larimer. Organized by local disability advocates Gabe McMorland, 31, and Chris Maury, 27, the Pittsburgh endeavor takes a cue from similar efforts in Chicago, Toronto and other cities with a progressive agenda to become barrier-free.