Sao Paulo - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

I think yes. Many places are equipped with ramps for wheelchairs but it is definitely not on par with ADA guidelines in the US. Also, I have not noticed a large deaf community within SP. And I can't imagine navigating the city streets as a blind person. - May 2021

Yes, I think it would be a challenge but not impossible. Lots of potholes and sidewalk issues. Do not know if public transport is accessible to those with mobility issues but I would imagine that it is not. - Apr 2021

Yes, with extreme disabilities. Sometimes the sidewalks look like they've been bombed. - Aug 2019

Yes. Especially if you need assistance getting around. Due to the bad infrastructure, the sidewalks are very broken and uneven which makes any kind of assistance equipment impossible to use. Handicap parking is also hard to find. - Nov 2017

Probably. It just would't be that easy to get around. - Apr 2017

Potentially, the sidewalks are pretty bad. - Jan 2017

Yes, however the issues are manageable. - Jan 2017

The sidewalks are rough. It would be hard for someone who uses a wheelchair to get around. - Aug 2015

The city is getting better, but older buildings do not have handicap accessibility. That can include apartment buildings and shopping. Also, some of the doors are very slim. - Aug 2013

Sidewalks and businesses are very often not wheelchair friendly. There are few sidewalk cut-outs, and ramps only at major grocery stores, etc. But there are sidewalks through most of the city. - Dec 2012

Many. Streets and walkways are generally not wheelchair accessible. - Jan 2012

It is a Latin American city with limitations - Jan 2012

Lots. The 'sidewalks' are horrible even for someone with no walking disabilities. Elevators are limited in stores. - Jan 2012

Not too bad. Ramps are common at public places for wheelchair accessibility. - Oct 2008

Tons. - Aug 2008

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