Montreal man confined to apartment due to building inaccessibility

Michel Cordey using keyboard
Michel Cordey Stuck in Apartment

Recently, in Montreal, Canada, a man was stuck in his third floor apartment for over a week. The situation was caused after the elevator in his apartment building broke following a power outage. Other residents were able to use the stairs but for Michel Cordey, who uses a wheelchair, the building had become completely inaccessible. Cordey was made aware of the situation via an “Out of Order” sign placed on the elevator. While he was confined to his apartment, Cordey was unable to independently buy food, lost work, and began calling the apartment his “thousand dollar jail.” Reflecting on the situation and its causes, Cordey stated, “I can understand that a technical problem will happen here and there, but when it starts to affect the job that allows me to pay my rent, when I work from home, it’s kind of hard.”

Readers, what do you think should be done in similar circumstances?

A video further explaining Cordey’s situation, produced by CTV Montreal, can be viewed here. 

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.