Osceola MO requires city licenses for wheelchair users

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Osceola, Missouri passes law requiring wheelchair users to have a license. I wonder if Osceola, Missouri has a complete ADA accepted sidewalk network?

MoBikeFed comment: This is almost certainly a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in some way. Generally, people with disabilities moving about with an aid that allows them to duplicate the functionality of a pedestrian, is considered a pedestrian from the perspective of design and law.

It is very, very problematic to start licensing pedestrians and walking in the U.S.A. It is hard to think of a more basic right than the ability to move about under one's own power--or in the case of people with disabilities, as close an approximation of their own power as technology allows.