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Unlocking Accessibility in Wichita, Kansas

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Journeyable Wichita Adventure

Wichita, often overshadowed by its more prominent counterparts in other parts of the state, is emerging as a beacon of inclusivity, particularly for travelers and residents with disabilities. In its steadfast commitment to providing access for all, this city in the heart of the United States goes beyond the basic tenets of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to create a truly unique and welcoming environment. I’ll begin by stating that I have not been to Wichita, yet!  However, friends with disabilities have been there and from everything I have read and have been told, I need to get there soon to experience it firsthand.  That said, I did not want to miss this opportunity to praise the work being done in Wichita to be as inclusive as possible.

A Pioneering Initiative

One of Wichita’s most remarkable achievements in its quest for inclusivity is the establishment of the Envision Arts Gallery. This groundbreaking gallery is the first of its kind in the nation, designed by and for individuals with visual impairments. The Envision Arts Gallery is dedicated to enhancing the lives of artists who are blind, visually impaired, or disabled.

Artists from diverse backgrounds and of all ages, regardless of visual, physical, cognitive, or hearing disabilities, are warmly embraced by the Envision Arts Gallery community. Here, they can proudly display their creativity, share their unique experiences, and tell their stories through art. And, Envision is so much more than an amazing arts gallery.  Envision is also the largest employer of people who are blind or have low vision.  In the US, 70% of people who have visual impairments are unemployed and Envision wants to change that.  They provide skills and confidence-building programs to help individuals become employed!  Be sure to check out this amazing facility.

Rolling into Wichita

Wichita rolls out the red carpet for wheelchair users, ensuring full participation in the city’s lively entertainment and brewery scene. This is made possible through the “Rolling Through Wichita” initiative.

At the heart of this initiative is the INTRUST Bank Arena, the city’s largest arena, built in 2010 to replace the old Kansas Coliseum. The arena offers multiple accessible spaces with excellent views of events, ranging from thrilling Wichita Thunder Hockey games to some of the best live country music performances.

And, after attending a great event or performance at INTRUST Bank Arena, make your way to the original brewpub of Wichita, the River City Brewing Co. With 16 handcrafted beers on tap, it’s a haven for beer enthusiasts. Importantly, the pub is designed with wheelchair users in mind, featuring well-positioned elevators and ramps. If you arrive with an appetite, you’ll be pleased to know that the pub specializes in local Kansas cuisine and other delicious dishes that cater to a variety of tastes.

Exploring Wichita’s Music Scene

Wichita’s music scene caters to everyone, making it an ideal destination for live music enthusiasts. The city has four accessible venues that offer unforgettable musical experiences. These venues, including INTRUST Bank Arena and The Cotillion, are thoughtfully designed to ensure a smooth and enjoyable concert experience for all attendees, regardless of their accessibility needs.

If You Prefer A Quieter Scene

For a serene experience with fewer crowds, visit Botanica Wichita during weekdays. This botanical garden boasts an array of open-air attractions, including a butterfly house. Regarding accessibility, Botanica offers a variety of services to ensure that the gardens are accessible to all visitors. The gardens have wheelchair-accessible paths, accessible restrooms, ramps, and wheelchairs and scooters for rent. The gardens cover a large area and some pathways may not be accessible for all specific needs.  It’s best to contact the Main Office in advance of your visit to ensure your needs are met.

Plan Your Wichita Adventure

Wichita goes the extra mile to streamline trip planning for individuals with disabilities. Whether you have a visual impairment, rely on a wheelchair for mobility, or are on the autism spectrum, Wichita promises a wealth of accessible facilities. Your inclusive adventure is waiting in this beautiful Kansas city.  Book your trip now

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