In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the state of Vermont has debuted a new website makes it clear that Vermont is a place for equal opportunity adventure: www.InclusiveVermont.com. It features an interactive map of 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 webpage makes it easy to find adaptive sports such as sailing and paddling in the summer, or skiing and snowboarding in the winter.”
A few outdoor events in Vermont honoring the ADA 25th anniversary, that are featured include the recent Universal Access Trail Event for National Trails Day, which happened on June 6, at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. The Universal Access Trail “Walk and Roll,” which occurred June 25, at Waterbury Center State Park and the upcoming Family Picnic with accessible bus transportation at Shaftsbury State Park, July 24 in Bennington.
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.