Big Apple Greeter
The aim of the Greeter Access Program, created in 1993, is to reach out to travelers with disabilities and to let them know that NYC is friendly and accessible to all visitors. Through its ongoing Sensitivity Awareness sessions, the program helps make Big Apple Greeter’s annual pool of more than 300 volunteers more aware of access issues. Since the Access Program was launched, Big Apple Greeter has welcomed several thousand visitors with disabilities and their traveling companions, and has also recruited Greeters with disabilities to share their insider’s knowledge of the City’s accessible options. (Eighteen current Greeters have disabilities.) All of the MTA’s buses, for example, are equipped with lifts so that wheelchair users can travel with their able bodied friends and family. Most of New York City’s incredible sights and attractions are also accessible. In addition, a number of organizations offer special discounts to travelers with physical disabilities.