The idea for this resource guide to accessibility for recreational venues in Rhode Island was originated at a Multiple Sclerosis support group in 2000. As a result, information regarding access to over 500 venues in the state evolved from 2000-2009 in the form of easy to use guides distributed free of charge. The information quickly spread to not only all corners of Rhode Island, but also throughout the country for people planning to visit our state. This has become the go to reference guide for all people seeking such accommodation.
In September 2009 The MS Dream Center opened its doors to people with MS, their care partners, family, and friends. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for all with MS who attend the many activities, social events, physician educational seminars, updates on the latest treatments available, and member- driven informational segments. It is a “people helping people” environment.
Thanks to a grant from the Department of Health in September 2013 the MS Dream Center has taken on the challenge of creating this new website, and expanding the scope of areas to be assessed. In addition to the venues researched in the past, this site offers accessibility information for YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, wellness centers, walking paths, parks, restaurants, hotels, and much more. The possibilities of “access for all” are limitless.
In a perfect world “universal access” is the goal. We try our best to make that as achievable as possible.