PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today joined members of Accessible RI, the MS Dream Center, and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to release the 2016-17 Accessible RI Accessibility Guide.
“All residents deserve high quality services and opportunities to enjoy life,” said Mayor Elorza. “I want to thank Accessible Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Health for their leadership in creating this guide.”
The 96-page Accessible RI Guide contains accessibility information on parking, routes of travel, entrances and restroom accommodations for restaurants, health and wellness, recreational venues, and more in a vision friendly font.
“For people with disabilities, knowledge about accessibility is a critical issue,” said Donald Perna, who is the Executive Director of Accessible Rhode Island. “When people with disabilities are planning a trip or a night on the town, they need to know what accommodations are in place to make their trip as enjoyable and uncomplicated as possible.”
Accessible RI partnered with the RIDOH, which provided support so staff could be hired to conduct inspections at hundreds of locations around the state. The Accessible RI website,
www.access-ri.org, provides a detailed listing of over 1500 venues throughout the state.
About Accessible RI: Accessible Rhode Island is a program of the MS Dream Center, which was founded in April 2010 by Marie Perna, with a mission of engaging all members of the MS community in purposeful activity, while promoting a spirit of camaraderie. The Center offers a wide range of activities from support groups and exercise programs to educational seminars and various therapies. The MS Dream Center is located at the Peter T. Pastore Youth Center, 155 Gansett Avenue in Cranston. Visit our website at www.msdreamcenter.org.