In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a new website makes it clear that Vermont is a place for equal opportunity adventure.
The “Inclusive Vermont” page of the state’s official tourism website (www.VermontVacation.com/inclusive-vermont) features an interactive Google map listing adaptive recreational opportunities and accessible facilities. From the new wheelchair water access at North Beach Municipal Park in Burlington, to the new universal trail at Waterbury Center State Park, visitors of all abilities will be able to find ways to enjoy Vermont’s breathtaking beauty.
“Inclusion is an important value in Vermont. We want everyone to feel welcome here,” said Megan Smith, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “Our new web page makes it easy to find adaptive sports such as sailing and paddling in the summer, or skiing and snowboarding in the winter.”
The website will link to outdoor events in Vermont honoring the ADA 25th anniversary, including:
• Universal Access Trail Event for National Trails Day, June 6, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee
• Universal Access Trail “Walk and Roll,” June 25, Waterbury Center State Park, Waterbury
• Family Picnic with accessible bus transportation, Shaftsbury State Park, July 24, Bennington
The “Inclusive Vermont” page on VermontVacation.com also features profiles of Vermonters who enjoy the state’s recreational offerings, including Mac Janney, a visually-impaired development coordinator who likes to ski, sail, tandem bike, hike and rock climb.
The state’s new web page was developed with support from Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, the Vermont Center for Independent Living and Vermont State Parks.