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    July 30, 2018
    Anne Weidman
    Access Navigators

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 23, 2018
    ACCESS NAVIGATORS LAUNCHES BREWERY MAP celebrating the 28th anniversary of Americans with disabilities act
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. –Access Navigators, an online resource for people with mobility challenges, announces the launch of their New England accessible brewery map to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    New Englanders’ taste for beer goes back to the Pilgrims, who reportedly each drank a gallon a day while sailing on the Mayflower. Today’s booming microbrewery business builds upon that tradition, creating gathering spots for local residents and tourists alike. Many of these new businesses are located in quirky, repurposed warehouse spaces which raises questions for those with mobility challenges. Is the entry accessible? Is the interior accommodating? Are the restrooms accessible?
    In commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Access Navigators has launched a new accessibility guide, providing reliable accessibility information for area microbreweries. Access Navigators encourages people of all abilities to be out in their communities on Thursday July 26 for a hearty ‘Cheers!’ to the ADA.
     “I’m a big fan of local beer,” says architect and Access Navigators founder Todd Hanson. “But without reliable information, my visit could be derailed before I even get inside. And without accessible restrooms, the derailment of my visit would be even more dire. As a principal architect at JSA Inc, I design projects using ADA accessibility standards and as a person with a disability, those same standards enable me to be out in my community.”
    The Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design assures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications. It was enacted on July 26, 1991.
    Founded in 2016, and sponsored by JSA Inc Architects, Access Navigators’ reliable data takes the mystery out of accessibility in historic New England helping to keep people connected to their communities. For more information visit www.accessnavigators.com  
    Anne Weidman, Marketing Manager