San Francisco Real Estate: Escrow Out Loud


Home Shopping In a Wheelchair

Season 4, Ep. 105

What does “accessibility” really mean? Are homes that are labeled accessible really as accessible as they need to be? These are hot topics in today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud. Today’s guest is Andrew Gurza, a disability activist from Toronto. In the conversation today, Andrew talks about his own experience as a person with disabilities, the value of hiring and listening to people with disabilities, why “accessible” real estate (and other facilities) often aren’t nearly accessible enough, and why everyone needs to be aware of how disability will affect their own lives.

Topics Discussed in This Episode

  • Andrew’s disability awareness work
  • How Andrew ended up in his career
  • What Andrew’s home is like
  • How long Andrew has been in his home and how he found it
  • How Andrew feels about the word “accessible”
  • Accessibility standards in San Francisco real estate
  • How “accessible” homes are often not truly accessible
  • How accessibility restricts the parts of a city disabled people can live in and the types of homes they can live in
  • Why people may not like to think about accessibility
  • How the ADA does or doesn’t apply to residential real estate
  • The importance of talking to people with disabilities about their disabilities
  • The value of hiring disabled people
  • The top things that the real estate industry can do to accommodate people with disabilities

Related Links

Andrew Gurza

Andrew on Twitter

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