Inauguration Access for People with Disabilities

January 18, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, NVRC Announcements

Inauguration Access for People with Disabilities
From Access Fairfax

recent Washington Post article offered information on the inauguration for people with disabilities.

Accommodations for people with disabilities include designated accessible pedestrian routes, wheelchair-accessible portable toilets, and services for attendees who are deaf and blind will be offered on Monday. Also, Jumbotron screens showing the swearing in ceremony will have real-time captioning and American Sign Language interpreters will be stationed at four locations on the Mall, said Stephanie Young, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Inauguration Committee.

Audio devices that narrate the ceremony will be available for individuals who are blind or visually impaired and can be obtained at the public entry point at Constitution Avenue and 12th Street, N.W.

The entire parade route will have designated wheelchair-accessible sidewalk paths to provide an unobstructed line of sight in ticketed and non-ticketed areas, Young said. Wheelchair-accessible bleachers are available in ticketed areas near the White House.

The official inaugural balls will be wheelchair-accessible and have designated seating areas for people with disabilities to clearly see the stage, Young said.

For more information about accessibility services, call 202-224-4048 or 202-228-1612 TTY.

Fairfax County recommends that attendees take proper precautions to prepare for road closures and traffic congestion. For people attending the inauguration, wear warm clothing because temperatures are anticipated to be in the 30s.

 


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