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Local Accessibility Information in Providence

In December, Members of the General Assembly and Conference Services staff will travel to Providence with representatives from the Accessibilities Services Committee. At that time, the team will complete a thorough survey of the convention center, the surrounding streets and sidewalks, our hotels, and other relevant venues and services. They will evaluate navigation and curb cutouts, as well as doors and signage. A complete report of their gathered intelligence on pedestrian ramps, grade, clearances, etc., will be posted here in January.

Airport

The T.F. Green International Airport terminal complex is designed for convenience and ease of use for everyone. 

Passenger Pick-Up and Drop-Off: All passenger pick-up (lower level) and drop-off (upper level) locations are accessible to airport entrances. Skycap service is located on the upper level to assist with baggage. 

Wheelchairs: Contact skycap stations or airline ticket agents on the upper level for wheelchairs and assistance. Your airline should be notified in advance if you require any special assistance. 

Elevators: There are elevators located in the main terminal for easy access. 

Restrooms: There are handicapped accessible restrooms throughout the terminals. 

Telecommunication Devices: Telecommunications devices are available for the visually and hearing challenged individuals.

Terminal map

Hotels

Map of convention center and hotels

Rhode Island Convention Center

The Rhode Island Convention Center strives to meet the needs of disabled patrons at all events. All areas, including restrooms and food courts, are accessible. Elevators are located on each level, with a wheelchair lift to the Mezzanine level. Both adjacent parking facilities have specifically marked parking spaces for physically challenged patrons. Van parking for disabled patrons is located at the north end of the parking garage across from the North Garage entrance. A limited number of wheelchairs are available to patrons who need them.

Guide dogs may accompany a disabled or physically challenged person within the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Pharmacy

The pharmacy nearest the convention center is CVS, 100 Francis Street (map).

Public Transportation

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) provides bus and trolley transportation in the Providence area.

RIPTA is striving to become a model for accessible public transportation, offering service that is safe, dependable and inclusive to all our customers, including those with disabilities. 

Every bus has a kneeler and a wheelchair lift or ramp, and drivers are trained to help customers secure their wheelchairs safely.  Customers with disabilities should board first and exit last.

All RIPTA buses are accessible.  

All RIPTA buses and trolleys are equipped with:

  • The capability to kneel or lower to make boarding easier.
  • Lifts (on high-floor buses) or ramps (on low-floor buses).
  • Two securement areas for wheeled mobility devices.
  • Destination signs that are bright and easy to read.
  • Priority seating areas near the front of the bus.

All customers have the right to use accessibility equipment (such as ramps and lifts).

Service animals are always welcome on RIPTA vehicles and property. 

Public Witness

The public witness event will be planned for maximum accessibility inclusion of all General Assembly attendees.

Streets and Sidewalks

Sidewalks are average width (approximately 4' across) and in good condition.

Taxi Service

Wheelchair accessible taxis in Providence.

Weather

The normal high temperature in Providence in late June is 83°F. The probability of precipitation is around 10%; attendees should be prepared for high humidity. The Accessibilities Services table in the convention center will have a limited supply of plastic caps and ponchos available for sale in case of rain.

For more information contact generalassembly @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

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