DEVON Taverner-Hailou is an eighteen-year-old student, who has a condition called PFFD (Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency), which means she does not have a thighbone in her left leg. Therefore, Devon has to use a mobility scooter for everyday life. Today, she went around Harlow to discover how easy it was for her scooter to cruise on the streets.
A girl on a mission, I’ve got my scooter on full power and throttling down the street. The ride isn’t as smooth and quick as I’d like… The curbs stall my scooter; I barely make it through the narrow pavement and it’s a struggle to get on the footpath.
In this town, my priority was to visit the equipment supplier of scooters: Harlow Mobility. I wanted to explore how this shop caters for different disabilities that exist in Harlow.
A sales advisor, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘Harlow has very deep curbs and bumpy pavements… So those with a disability need a scooter or a wheelchair with big, strong wheels that are able to overcome those difficulties.’
She added ‘We come across people who have to change direction to their destination because their scooters can’t handle the jarring grounds.’
Finishing my quest, I now had a journey negotiating crowded streets and fast cars. It wasn’t an easy trip, with my scooter screeching to a halt on the uneven cobblestone, right outside Harlow College, in the middle of a large crowd of students.
Overall, the town of Harlow is reasonably accessible, however there are uneven pavements, which could be mended to make my journey into town as hassle free as anyone else’s.