Even in Taipei, I used to walk around looking at what passed for wheelchair accessability and just shake my head. While most places are accessable at the corners of intersections, just as many more places have the only chair accessability down the side of the road, a block or two, at a place that gets blocked with parked cars, or if it’s open, means that in order to use it you must come directly out of or into traffic. And many times, the acessability ends with the sidewalk. Even the front door of a place has a little step up, or is on another floor up a narrow stairway.
Museams may be accessable, but you first have to get to the museam. There is no way I would ever have gotten my mother around anywhere on the island. I’m sure you and your mom would be thrilled to see eachother, but wouldn’t it be true if you saw her at home? Make lots of video, take lots of pictures, bring back some of the more exotic snacks for her to sample, make cd’s of popular music, record of little of the local t.v., go to the beach and scoop a little sand in a pretty little bottle, bring some nice gift–there may not be a really typical Taiwanese gift, but my own mom likes the traditional wedding cake and those hanging plant holders made of shells. Take all this stuff home next visit and bring Taiwan to your mom. Have Taiwan night when you do a discovery of what life is like for you there. Trust me, it will be more fun for you both.