Accessible North Country is a project of the North Country Center for Independence in Plattsburgh, New York. We have created an online map of accessible businesses in the Plattsburgh area. This is intended to be a useful start for people with disabilities living in the North County who want to socialize with family, friends and co-workers. It will give them a “quick check” on places that will be physically accessible. We also hope that it will make business owners more aware of people with disabilities as patrons—encouraging establishments to become more accessible.
A few other important things to keep in mind about the Accessible North Country project:
Each business is assessed in terms of four basic aspects of accessibility:
- Approach ... the path to the establishment, from parking to the front door.
- Entrance ... the door and doorway into the establishment.
- Interior ... aisles, service and seating areas, counter heights, product placement, etc.
- Restrooms ... overall accessibility of restrooms when they are available to the public.
Each item is given either a "yes" or "no" ... "yes" it is accessible, "no" it is not. However, each situation may be more complicated than that, depending on the location, structure, and layout of the place, and the disability of the customer. Our assessments should only be taken as an initial clue. Your experience may be different.
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)
Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS)
NYS Division of Building Standards and Codes
ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business
ADA Accessibility Guidelines for State & Local Government Facilities