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Columbus, Ohio launches new city guide for travelers with disabilities

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The city of Columbus, Ohio announced a new city guide for travelers with disabilities. The city is hoping to make travelers with disabilities feel welcomed and comfortable during their stay.

The new Accessibility Guide serves as a resource for visitors and locals seeking information on Columbus attractions, hotels, restaurants and transportation options that are accessible.

“We welcome visitors of all abilities to Columbus and want everyone to be able to comfortably experience and enjoy our city,” says Experience Columbus’ Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer Sarah Townes said in a statement. “Our Accessibility Guide is a one-stop resource visitors and residents can use while planning an upcoming visit to Columbus or in real time while exploring the city.”

“During the past two years we have launched a variety of initiatives focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, including the Diversity Apprenticeship Program aimed at helping close the racial equity gap in the Central Ohio hospitality community and required staff training,” says Jones. “We hope that this new Accessibility Guide will be a valuable resource for the community and visitors and show that Columbus is a welcoming and inclusive place to visit.”  Said Shannon Jones, Experience Columbus’ Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

More than 20 attractions, restaurants, hotels and transportation options are listed in the guide and have been reviewed and screened by disability inclusion experts.

The Accessibility Guide also features tips for planning an accessible meeting in Columbus and accessible outdoor dining options. The guide will be continuously updated as new businesses and venues open or as local businesses and organizations share their accessibility information.

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