Travelers with Disabilities
Those using a wheelchair or who have difficulty walking should exercise caution on Philadelphia’s sometimes older, cracked, or bumpy sidewalks and walkways. Most of the major streets in Center City have curb cuts and handicapped parking, although parking spaces can be limited near major attractions, so allow extra time to find one. Most attractions, theaters, and all the stadiums and newer, larger hotels in Philadelphia have elevators or ramps, but due to their old age, some of the historic buildings are ill-equipped. When in doubt, call ahead before arriving to be sure a location is accessible.
The Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities (215/686-2798, www.phila.gov/mcpd) offers resources and a wealth of information including help finding accessible parking, ATMs, health centers, and cultural events. ARTREACH, Inc. (215/568-2115, www.art-reach.org) connects people with disabilities to services and arts in the area and offers an online and print access guide with information on more than 75 of the region’s theaters, performing arts centers, and museums. Listings include wheelchair accessibility of entrances and restrooms, phone numbers, and information on large-print or Braille materials or assistive listening devices. The guide is also available on audiocassette for the blind.
SEPTA provides detailed information on their website (www.septa.org); also see the Disabled Access section on the Public Transportation page. The Independence Visitor Center (6th and Market Sts., 215/925-6101, www.independencevisitorcenter.com) is helpful in providing additional information and resources.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition