Barbados launched an initiative designed to provide wheelchair access and assistance for disabled, blind and visually impaired visitors and residents to several hotels, restrooms and restaurants.

Fully Accessible Barbados is one of the flagship programs of the Barbados Council for the Disabled. Working with the council to develop the program was the Ministry of Tourism and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.

Accessible facilities now include four hotels, a sports stadium, a shopping mall, three restaurants, Bath Beach and the Grantley Adams Airport.

“This is an important initiative for us. We want disabled Barbadians and visitors to be able to experience activities and experiences previously not accessible to them,” said Campbell Rudder, vice president of U.S. marketing for the Barbados Tourism Authority.

More properties and facilities are expected to join the program.

A list of participants is at www.fullyaccessiblebarbados.com.

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