Only 15 years ago, people with mobility limitations were not able to lead a normal life. Not only because it was hard on them to feel dependent on others, but, in fact, because their surroundings were not prepared for them. For those of us who use a wheelchair to get about, it was exasperating to move along on the sidewalk only to encounter numerous, sometimes insurmountable, obstacles. Even today, in Madrid, we often find metro lifts temporarily out of service. This situation represents a minor inconvenience for other people, but, for us it means having to move on to the next station in order to access the metro.
Of course, it is not easy getting used to living with a mobility limitation. But, to be honest, things have gotten a lot better, and we are able to adapt to the changes and adversities we face.