Victoria is gearing up for the 2010 Paralympics in a big way, to the tune of $1.14 million dollars. According to Damian Inwood in the May 20 issue of The Province, the funds will be used to inspect and rate establishments for accessibility and then report those results to potential visitors. And it’s all being done, not because they have to, but because they want to encourage folks who attend the Whistler Paralympics to extend their holiday a bit and spend some time in Victoria.
I don’t know what thrills me more ? the fact that they are addressing a huge access issue or the motivation behind it all. These folks are actually going out of their way to attract disabled visitors to their city.
And I have to say that as someone who has visited Victoria before, it’s well worth a visit. In fact an Emerging Horizons reader just wrote me and told me she was taking a cruise and asked if she should go to Butchart Gardens or the Royal BC Museum when her ship docks in Victoria,. I was at a loss for advice there, because truthfully they are both excellent attractions with great access. In the end, I just told her to let the weather be her guide, and if it looks like rain she might want to head for the museum.
In any case, three cheers for Victoria; for not only making their city more accessible, but for going out of their way to attract disabled visitors.