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Published on : Wednesday, July 8, 2015
On the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, highlights New York City as an accessible and inclusive destination featuring attractions and events not to be missed in all five boroughs.
“This year we designate July NYC Disability Pride Month in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act – one of the most important civil rights laws in the history of this nation,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I am proud to welcome visitors with disabilities to this city, which is home to so many historical and cultural institutions, as well as recreational activities, that are committed to accessibility, equality and inclusivity for all.”
“New York City’s tourism industry has been at the forefront of making improvements to ensure that the City’s attractions are easily accessible to all visitors,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “The City should be enjoyable and accessible to everyone drawn to its vitality, energy, culture and cuisine.”
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of ADA’s passage, the City will host its first annual Disability Pride NYC Parade on July 12, bringing together people of all abilities to celebrate the accomplishments of the community. The ADA Legacy Tour, a national yearlong tour that raises awareness of and excitement about the anniversary, will visit all five boroughs July 13–14.
In addition, NYC & Company will host a special NYC & Company Talks: ADA—Beyond Compliance to Service meeting on July 20 at The Roosevelt Hotel. This first-ever symposium will further educate the City’s hospitality businesses to focus on creating a more accessible and welcoming social environment in New York City. Victor Calise, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and Peter Slatin, founder and president of The Slatin Group, will be guest speakers at the event.
Whether you’re a visitor or local resident, the City’s newest attractions are all accessible for patrons with disabilities.
For the entertainment-enthused person wishing to experience some of the City’s top sports teams and the best of Broadway, there are many options:
At some of New York City’s classic attractions, cultural organizations and parks, guests can enjoy their experience with easy access including:
When traveling around the City’s five boroughs, visitors can be informed of accessible travel options and be matched with a volunteer greeter from Big Apple Greeter. When the 7 Subway Line Extension opens later this summer, riders with disabilities will be able to easily access the train platform with the use of two inclined elevators. The MTA also offers wheelchair accessibility on both local and express buses.