Accessible spots in New York Tips: Travelers can call a toll-free number for information on ramps, touch tours, sign language and transportation.

September 21, 1997|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

An international toll-free number for travelers with disabilities provides accessibility information on more than 200 museums, theaters, hotels and restaurants in New York City.

Operated by Hospital Audiences Inc., a nonprofit organization based in the city, the number -- 888-424-4685 -- may be called from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers will speak to a trained staff member who can provide detailed information based on a caller's disability and the date of the planned visit.

Categories of information include the availability of museum touch-tours and performances that offer audio descriptions for the blind or sign-language interpretations for the deaf.

Among the criteria by which hotels and restaurants are evaluated are price, restroom features and accessibility, presence of stairs and ramps, and height of pay telephones and water fountains. Information on public and private transportation for people with disabilities is also offered.

Hospital Audiences also has a 210-page guidebook, "Access for All: A Guide for People with Disabilities to New York City Cultural Institutions," which costs $5, and is available by writing to Hospital Audiences, 220 W. 42nd St., 13th floor, New York, N.Y. 10036.

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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