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June 5, 2006
Accessible R.I. giving away 10,000 guides covering 300 buildings
PROVIDENCE – This year’s updated accessibility guide for restaurants, theaters, museums and recreational venues will be unveiled at a State House ceremony from 4 to 6 this afternoon.
Accessible Rhode Island is distributing 10,000 copies of the 48-page guide that outlines what’s accessible statewide for people with disabilities. The guide is available at nonprofit organizations, the airport, the State House, welcome centers in Rhode Island and in the offices of congressmen, according to Don Perna of Accessible Rhode Island.
The 200 restaurants, more than 70 theaters, museums, historical and recreational venues and more than 30 libraries statewide that are in the guide are also on the organization’s website, Perna said. The site is updated year-round, but many people with disabilities prefer the pamphlet-sized guide instead, Perna said.
At today’s event, Gov. Carcieri is expected to issue a proclamation, U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin will speak and the chair of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Peter Kiernan, will attend. This year’s guide is dedicated to the memory of Christopher and Dana Reeve.
Langevin, who uses a wheelchair since an accidental shooting damaged his spinal cord when he was a teenager, has worked closely with the Reeve foundation and was involved in establishing a federally funded program, named after the couple, that promotes the health and well-being of people living with paralysis.
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