Ever wonder how you could spend a day meandering alone through Muir Woods soaking in the solitude and beauty? Have you ever wanted to take your family on an educational trip to Alcatraz Island? Was the only thing preventing you from the mystique of Muir woods or the confining walls of Alcatraz your blindness? If so, your vision is no longer an excuse not to go.
The Access to Information Services (AIS) department of the LightHouse has worked in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to make local national parks more accessible than ever. We’ve produced a number of braille brochures and tactile trail maps for GGNRA and consulted on such things as audio tours and topographic maps. The LightHouse has even provided training to GGNRA personnel on providing access and accommodation to people with disabilities.
The LightHouse would like to thank GGNRA’s Michael Faw, Accessibility and Media Specialist, for spearheading their quest in excellence and accessibility.
We’ve listed below the GGNRA locations where access has been increased. The list also includes the accessibility features that exist. But accessibility doesn’t stop there. Coming soon you will find increased accessibility with a topographic map of Land’s End installed on site, a Junior Ranger Activity Guide for Muir Beach Quest and Ocean Stewardship and much, much more.
For more information or to make your attraction more accessible, contact Director of Access to Information Services Greg Kehret at 415-694-7349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: All of the GGNRA’s accessibility information is available at http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm, broken down by both types of accessibility programs and by geographic locations. All of the audio described brochures and cell phone tours are available for download at http://www.nps.gov/goga/photosmultimedia/audio.htm.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area: audio described, online (new brochure in development by Harpers Ferry staff, will include braille and large print on publication)
Muir Woods: large print, braille and tactile map (available at the Muir Woods Visitors Center), audio described (onsite and online)
Fort Point: large print, Braille (ask any ranger at the Fort), audio described (online download)
Under Three Flags (Presidio): large print, braille and tactile map (available at the Presidio Visitors Center), audio described (online download)
The Natural Presidio: large print, braille and tactile map (available at the Presidio Visitors Center), audio described (online download)
Fort Point Audio Tour: online only, with downloadable text file also available
Point Bonita Lighthouse Cell Phone Tour: onsite, or downloadable from website
Fort Baker Cell Phone Tour: onsite, or downloadable from website, along with site map, with downloadable text file also available, large print, braille (at the Marin Headlands Visitors Center)
Lands End Lookout: audio described exhibit tour onsite, or downloadable from website
Volunteers in Parks: audio described, or downloadable from website
Philippine War Audio Walking Tour: downloadable from website, along with site map
Alcatraz Junior Ranger Brochure: large print (ask at the information kiosk near the dock on Alcatraz), downloadable from website
Fort Mason Center History Tour: large print (available at the Presidio Visitors Center), downloadable from website
Fort Mason: tactile map with printed and braille labels (available at the Presidio Visitors Center)