All Access Wake County promotes ‘All Are Welcome’ theme in Raleigh

Raleigh, N.C. – With more than 41 million Americans and a billion people worldwide having some form of disability, the challenges of navigating a new destination can be so daunting, they choose not to travel.

For that reason, Visit Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) recently held All Access Wake County, the first accessibility awareness and training summit for restaurants, hotels, attractions, retailers and event venues throughout Wake County.

More than 150 hospitality industry employees participated in the summit at the Raleigh Convention Center.

All Access Wake County was kicked off with an opening keynote presentation by Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, authors of the book I’ll Push You, and subjects of the documentary by the same title chronicling their journey to become the first to complete the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in Spain by wheelchair.

The summit was also the kickoff for a larger initiative, which includes a new accessibility resource portal at VisitRaleigh.com/allaccess. This training resource encourages hospitality partners to provide extraordinary customer service for people with disabilities.

Justin Skeesuck, co-author of the book I’ll Push You.

Visit Raleigh and the GRSA also implemented a digital accessibility solution called AudioEye on their websites, VisitRaleigh.com and  RaleighSports.org.

AudioEye is a leading web accessibility company with technology for sustainable compliance with ADA-related requirements.

“We created ‘All Access Wake County’ to train, equip and motivate all Wake County hospitality partners to go above and beyond just being ADA compliant,” said Dennis Edwards, president and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The hospitality industry here in Raleigh, N.C., lives by the motto ‘All Are Welcome.’”

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