8C Agri-Tourism/Temp. Events/Festivals
Ensuring accessibility in outdoor environments poses unique challenges due to terrain and other factors. For example, does the ADA require a corn maze to be accessible? Must a petting zoo allow service animals into a pen? This introductory-level training covers accessibility for farms and orchards offering “agri-tourism” activities to the public such as pick-your-own fruit, hay rides, farm-to-table dinner functions, Christmas tree farms, temporary events and festivals and more. The presentation will cover the obligations of entities offering such programs to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate to the fullest extent possible through illustrative examples and recommendations for best practices. The session will address pertinent considerations such as barrier removal, accessible routes of travel, access to amenities, accessible parking, accessible concessions, and effective communication among others.