Frequently Asked Questions
Questions most asked of us
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is accessible tourism?
Accessible tourism enables people with access requirements, including mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive dimensions of access, to function independently and with equity and dignity through the delivery of universally designed tourism products, services, and environments.
This definition is inclusive of all people, including those traveling with children in carriages, people with disabilities and seniors.
How do I get my organization listed within your website?
Just go to the Get Listed page and complete the form. You need to be located within the Adirondack region (the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington) in order to be listed.
How do you determine if a website or social media page is accessible?
We use publically available third-party tools to make these assessments, especially the WAVE web accessibility evaluation tool, developed by Utah State University and which tests for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”). which are the standards used by Federal and New York State courts, as well as the United States Department of Justice to measure a website’s compliance with the ADA.
Do you only place accessible locations on your website?
Yes. Our primary goal is to provide people with disabilities, their families, friends, companions and supporters a useful resource they can count on when planning for their time within the Adirondack region. As such, we only place locations whose primary public areas are accessible as set forth by ADA standards.
Further, and for that same reason, our users also need to know if a physical location has an accessible restroom, website and/or social media page.
How do you determine if a physical location is accessible?
To help ensure that only ADA compliant physical locations are listed within our website, we receive information from various sources but most particularly various Executive Directors from Independent Living Centers within the Adirondack region. They provide us with information on which businesses are ADA complaint as they provide architectural barrier assesssments to make these determinations.
In addition, we consider that most commercial structures constructed after 1993 would be in compliance with the ADA pursuant to Federal ADA new construction standards.
You can also use the ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities to start your journey toward accessibility.
With Your Help, We're Making The Adirondacks More Accessible
Accessible Adirondack Tourism, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is authorized to accept donations that are tax deductable to our donors.
We're not just a website. We're also an online and in person educational resource for businesses, organizations and municipalities within the Adirondack region to assist them in their goals of being more accessible to people with all kinds of disabilities.
We offer organizations assistance with learning about how to make their locations, websites and social media pages available to everyone and we need your generous support to continue our mission.