This comprehensive guide provides a wealth of information about the accessibility of a wide variety of travel destinations, parks, museums and other attractions throughout the state of North Carolina. It is funded by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and actually produced by inmates in NC Department of Correction facilities. Chalk up one for rehabilitation!
ACCESS North Carolina is divided into five regions of the state and there is also a special section with additional related resources. Using a mix of text and icons, each listing includes general information about each tourist site and specific information about:
- Types of paths
- Water fountains and elevators (if available)
Each listing rates (and describes) how accessible the tourist site is for people with physical/mobility challenges. Where applicable the listing also includes rates how accessible the site is for visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing, visitors with vision loss, visitors with intellectual disabilities and visitors with other types of disabilities. Other information that may be important to planning a visit (e.g. dates of operation, cost, etc.) is also included.
Access North Carolina is available at all North Carolina Welcome Centers and on line at:
A text-only version is also available at www.ncdhhs.gov/dvrs/pdf/ACCESS-NC.txt.
Free copies can also be obtained from the NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development at 1-800-VISIT NC or by calling the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services at 1-800-689-9090 or 919-733-5924 (TDD: Telecommunicative Device for the Deaf).
North Carolina is a beautiful state and there is so much to do and experience from mountain to coast! Take advantage of the summer break from school. Get a copy of the guide and go out there and access more of North Carolina. The next time that your child complains, “I’m bored!” your response can be, “Let’s go!”