POSTED: April 19th 2016

Accessibility Recognition Program in host cities launched by PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang 2018 Wheelchair-friendly House Sticker © POCOG
PyeongChang 2018 Wheelchair-friendly House Sticker © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) To enhance accessibility in PyeongChang and venue cities, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games (POCOG) has launched an 'Accessibility Recognition Program.'

The Committee is aiming to increase the number of accommodations and restaurants that are easily accessible for elderly, physically impaired, and pregnant persons. POCOG encourages business owners and operators to invest necessary equipment, furniture, and fixture.

Restaurants will need to have toilet facilities for the physically impaired, Western-style sit-down tables, and an entrance accessible by wheelchairs in order to be recognized by POCOG as an 'Accessibility Friendly Facility.' A certain number of dedicated parking spots for the physically impaired and wheelchair friendly rooms are required for accommodations.

Recognition procedures and requirements information can be found on POCOG's website. Facility owners can request for POCOG accessibility experts to make a visit and assess the readiness of their establishment. An official letter from POCOG will be sent to recognized hotels and restaurants. They will be featured on POCOG and host city websites, official Olympic and Paralympic Games' guidebooks, social media channels, and spectator mobile applications. Facilities will also be provided Accessibility Recognition Stickers to post on their entrance ways to inform visitors of their achievement.

Financial support for local businesses who upgrade their facilities will be provided by host cities. Also, 'Raising accessibility awareness education,' will be given by POCOG to help promote the new program.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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