Seeking out accessibility

Zipping around on her blue scooter, Jeanne Allen doesn’t want to have to slow down unless it’s on her terms – and she shouldn’t have to.

But the reality is that even with strict accessibility codes as set by the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, many buildings throughout the United States just aren’t up to snuff.

Even when something is to code, Allen explained, it might still not be entirely “accessible” for someone who has limited mobility. Sitting in a roll-in shower, Allen showed an example of how the position of the bench in correlation to the detachable showerhead and the water controls can make what would be considered an accessible shower inaccessible for a person with physical constraints.

That’s why Allen started a project to highlight some of the best accessible features of popular tourist spots throughout the country – and hopefully, one day, the world. She’s calling her venture Incredible Accessible Travels. The point of creating these short videos and blogs of her travel experiences, Allen explained, is keeping a sense of independence.

Right now, the Sonoma resident is working with a videographer to highlight the Valley’s accessible features, collected through her own experience. Her goal is for worldwide contributions and feedback so that accessibility is within reach for all.

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