Accessible Ohio Will Make Ohio a Global Leader in Public Accessibility
Announcement from the Office of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted’s Executive Budget for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) funds a brand-new initiative called Accessible Ohio. This initiative will support Ohio’s cities, counties, state agencies, attractions, and venues in becoming accessible and inclusive for individuals with disabilities.
Ohio is at its best when everyone, including Ohioans with disabilities, is empowered to experience all our great state has to offer. Building upon Governor DeWine’s commitment to Ohioans with disabilities, Accessible Ohio encourages us to prioritize accessibility from the start, promote inclusiveness, and ensure everyone can experience Ohio in an equitable way.
Accessible Ohio Specialists will consult directly with local partners to help identify barriers and establish goals for accessibility and provide information about potential funding resources. By supporting Ohio’s public and private entities to be accessible and inclusive, Ohio can lead the way in fostering a sense of community and belonging that strengthens the state for all its citizens.
Here are just a few examples of how an Accessible Ohio consultation will support accessibility efforts:
Planning & Awareness
- Accessibility Maps
- Sensory Experience Guides
- Training Staff on Disability Awareness and Accessibility Features
- Website Accessibility
- Accessible Signage
- Audio Beacons and Alerts
- Navigation Apps
- Wheelchair/Mobility Device Charging Stations and Rentals
- Accessible Shopping and Dining
- Braille Displays
- Audio Descriptions
- Sensory-Friendly Events
- Sign Language Interpretation
- Accessible Public restrooms
- Adult Changing Stations
- Sensory Rooms and Areas
- Service Animal Relief Areas
To sign up for updates related to this new initiative, visit the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities news and updates subscription webpage and select the “Accessible Ohio” option.