DAYTON — A new online resource to aid those looking for accessible locations is available, thanks to volunteers with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley.
More than 2,700 reviews have been completed for Access Dayton. The local project is part of Access Together (www.accesstogether.org), a global online initiative that seeks to provide detailed information about various locations affecting those with disabilities, including lighting, background noise, elevator availability, and automatic taps in washrooms.
The evaluations were completed by GESMV volunteers, who visited a wide range of facilities and locations, both indoors and outdoors, to help compile the results. Surveys were done at restaurants, clubs, medical facilities, parks, and businesses, among many others.
The Access Together criteria goes above and beyond requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, according to GESMV Volunteer Outreach Manager Jessica Miles, these evaluations are not meant to be punitive.
“Our reviews are another way for people to know if a particular location has amenities that fit their needs,” Miles said. “Since every disability is different, and consumers want more information than ever, we wanted to provide that service.”
Find local evaluations easily by visiting the Access Together website and entering Dayton-area zip codes. Miles said GESMV volunteers primarily have evaluated locations in Montgomery and Greene counties, but she hopes to continue expanding the program’s radius.
Find local evaluations easily by visiting the Access Dayton website – www.accesstogether.org.