In 1994 our lives changed. Jeff & I were blessed with a baby boy we named Johnny. He was 11 weeks premature and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Johnny has had many challenges to overcome with one of the biggest being his mobility.
In 2001, we bought his first wheelchair and quickly realized that his mobility was also going to be a challenge for us.
Joining Jeff on a business trip, Johnny, his little sister Annie, and I decided to visit the San Diego Zoo. While there, I found it next to impossible to get Johnny around the zoo without the aid of another person.
The steep terrain was a challenge for an able-bodied person, let alone someone in a wheelchair! Had I only known this, I would have made other arrangements or at least waited for Jeff to go with us.
The more places we visited, the more we realized the need for a source to inform people with special needs situations of the accessibility issues they may face. Basically, a “pass” that would get them into all the places they wanted to go. Thus the name “JohnnysPass.”
It is our hope that you will use this site to enable those in the mobility-challenged community — those who are wheelchair bound, as well as those who are elderly or have youngsters in strollers — to have the freedom and peace of mind to know they can go where they want.
For those businesses whose ratings meet the criteria, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
– Becki Agar