The idea for the Accessible Rhode Island resource guide originated at a Multiple Sclerosis support group in 2000. From 2000-2009, this idea evolved into easy to use guides, distributed free of charge, that included information regarding the accessibility of over 500 venues in Rhode Island. This information quickly spread not only to all corners of Rhode Island, but throughout the entire country to people planning to visit the state. Accessible Rhode Island has become the go-to resource guide for all people seeking accommodations.
In September 2009, The MS Dream Center opened its doors to people with MS, their care partners, family, and friends. Its mission is to provide a dedicated resource and support facility in which people living with MS and their care partners may engage in a wide variety of interactive social and education activities, workshops, and therapies. 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 the Accessible Rhode Island website and expanding the scope of areas to be assessed. In addition to the venues that were originally assessed, this site now offers accessibility information for YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, wellness centers, walking paths, parks, restaurants, hotels, and more throughout Rhode Island. The possibilities of access for all are limitless.
In a perfect world, universal access is the goal. We try our best to make that goal as achievable as possible.