Its an eye opening day for San Antonio and Bexar County officials, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
In an encounter set up by Project Mend, which provides mobility devices for the disabled, elected officials including Mayor Nirenberg, County Judge Wolff, and Councilwoman Ana Sandoval are experiencing life with a disability.
The goal of the unique experience, called 'A Day in the Life' is to allow the community leaders to take into consideration the unique challenges facing the disabled in every decision they make, from public transit to street repair.
"I think there is not a San Antonian who is not one degree separated from a person who is reliant on a apparatus, a device, a mobile scooter, a wheelchair, or a walker like I've got today to get around the city," said Councilman Rey Saldana, who is using a walker for today's business.
He says he learned right away how different life is for the disabled.
"I was about to grab a cup of coffee, then I realized I can't hold a walker and use a cup of coffee at the same time."
Among the people who participated in the project is H-E-B Public Affairs Manager Julie Bedingfield, who presented Project MEND with a check for $25,000.