"The Minnesota Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities" was created to answer these questions. It was put together by Mike Chevrette, the executive director of Access For All, an advocacy group created to help people with physical disabilities get around to entertaining and interesting places across the state, including many in Downtown.
The guide's Web site, www.accessminnesota.org, features "Destination Profiles" that link visitors to information regarding the accessibility of hundreds of Downtown locations, including hotels, bars, restaurants, galleries and more.
Information includes, among many other things: the availability of handicapped parking and services, whether the entrance allows for easy pass-through, whether lowered public phones for patrons in wheelchairs are on-site and if the bathrooms are disability-friendly.
The site also includes links to travel agencies that specialize in travel packages for people with disabilities, as well as Access Press, a newspaper for Minnesota's disabled community.
In addition to the Web site, or for those who don't have online access, Chevrette is also available for questions or comments at 651-481-4062 or through the Minnesota Relay Service, TTY and Speech-to-Speech services by dialing 711.
-- Tom Carothers