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Woman hopes to make Huntsville more handicap accessible

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Bobby Ann Ray hopes to make Huntsville a more handicap accessible city. Bobby Ann Ray hopes to make Huntsville a more handicap accessible city.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Huntsville woman is on a quest to make the city of Huntsville more accessible to the handicapped.

Army veteran Bobby Ann Ray has been in a wheelchair since 2008. Both her legs were amputated as a result of diabetes and prior military injuries.

Ray said, by and large, the city of Huntsville is not handicapped friendly, especially when it comes to the sidewalks and public transportation. In fact, she said she has almost been run over more than a few times while trying to catch the bus.

"There just isn't a lot of accessibility for those in wheelchairs because there are no level sidewalks as well as downs and ups on the corner so we have to risk our lives to get into the streets," said Ray.

She was recently appointed to the city's Advisory Committee on Accessibility by Councilman Bill Kling. Besides making the sidewalks more wheelchair accessible, she would also like to see local bus route schedules extended during the week and run a half day on Saturdays.

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