The State of Wisconsin has embraced accessible tourism for everyone including physically challenged individuals. This has been included in its new marketing campaign. According to the US Census Bureau, it is expected that the number of people with disabilities will increase by 2030. In 1990, legislation was enacted prohibiting discrimination among people with disabilities in different locations including workplaces, public accommodation and telecommunications as well as public services.
These lead buildings to ensure elevators and ramps were accessible for everyone. There are also additional projects with superb accessible features for people with disabilities that allow people who are physically challenged to go beyond usual. For example, the use of a beach wheelchair allows a person to be taken to the beach’s sandy shores without a problem. This is because the wheelchair can be easily manoeuvred and can even be taken into the water due to its special inflatable tires.
You can find these in the following state parks. This includes Whitefish Dunes, Sturgeon Bay, Harrington Beach, Big Bay and La Pointe, among others. There are also other places that are easily accessible to those who have mobility difficulties. Check out the list below:
American Players Theater, Spring Green
This amphitheater is situated in an outdoor setting. It is a popular place during the summer for visitors. Famous performances conducted here include the Shakespeare classics. A shuttle bus is provided to those who are not able to walk to the quarter-mile uphill hike towards seating. In 2017, a major renovation included a system to assist those who have hearing impairments. Advance notices are also provided prior braille assisted playbills.
Located in Petzke Park, 3100 14th Ave, Kenosha, you can enjoy the all-accessible play areas of the Dream Playground. They feature a special key-activated wheelchair swing that allows you to do similarly to how a count-high back and side-by swing operates. Their merry-go-round is also accessible so you won’t have any problem riding it at all. Braille and sign-language reminders are also in place to remind you where you are in the area.
Fishing Has No Boundaries available statewide
This initiative is based in Hayward. It is intended for people who are physically challenged to go for a boat ride and enjoy fishing. Volunteers lend their boats. They also offer to teach fishing skills upon request or booking a prior schedule. This project was launched in the 80s and has a lot of chapters nationwide. In Wisconsin, there are 7 chapters found in Chippewa Valley, Hayward, Milwaukee, Eagle River, Madison, Fond du Lac and St. Croix Valley.
Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway
This project is actually a celebration of both cultural heritage and accessibility for everyone. Two of the best rivers in Wisconsin namely Green Bay and Prairie du Chien are involved in this initiative. The first stage of this project is looking to install about 21 water landings. This will be accessible even to people who are physically challenged. Watercraft boarding will be made easier as wheelchair-height bench seats with dual handrails are made available. Rollers are also installed to let you slide into a kayak.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Found in Wausau, this exhibit is open to visitors with carers or companions. The museum is best known for its “Birds in Art Exhibit” featuring different contemporary bird representation art. It is also open for the visually impaired thanks to the Art Beyond Sight initiative. By the end of the tour, participants can make their own art as well.