New Website Offers Disabled Vermonters Dining, Shopping and Recreation Accessibility Info

March 31, 2014  
Filed under Travel

Wouldn’t it be great to know about all the accessible places to go in Vermont? The SILC and other disability advocates agree and have launched an online service that will allow advocates and businesses to share information about the accessibility of dining, shopping and recreating in Vermont.

Accessible Adventures is an online peer-to-peer review resource of accessible places to go. Originally begun as an idea in the MS Government Relations Committee (GRC) entitled, “The Rolling Gourmet,” the idea quickly spread beyond reviewing restaurants to reviewing the accessibility of other types of activities such as shopping, recreation and worshiping. In addition to being a tool for use by the entire disability community, the application will allow the business community to respond to reviews as well as to promote the accessibility of their facilities. Committee members on the GRC representing the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) felt that this type of two-way communication between the disability and the business communities would lead to improvements in accessibility, both in practice and in policy.

This service is intended so that the disability community can share peer information about experiences that are accessible and those that are not.  The SILC hopes that Accessible Adventures will serve to educate the public and the business community about the ADA and the shopping experience for the disability community, while affording members of the disability community the opportunity to learn from one another about the accessibility of public facilities in their community.

The public is invited to use the application, fill out reviews and enter businesses that are not already in the database. For instructions on how to fill out a review, see the homepage of AccessibleAdventuresVT.org, call 802-233-4908 or email vtsilcpeter@gmail.com.

 

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