Access All Areas
Pride President Cecilia Chung said:
We are committed to be more inclusive as we continue to grow with our community and there is absolutely no reason why anyone should feel left out because of accessibility issues. We strive to make the event a celebration for all.
For those wishing to view the Parade in comfort there is dedicated grandstand seating at United Nations Plaza. In addition to bleacher seating there is also a special ground level area for wheelchair users and their partners. The first two rows of seating are for those with disabilities and an ASL interpreter will be stationed there to provide services for members of the deaf and hearing impaired community. Tickets for the accessible bleacher seating and wheelchair users safe area are available at:
Under One Roof - 10am 8pm Monday through Saturday
Or via mail at the Pride Office. Check out www.sfpride.org for details. The Viewing Area opens at 9.30am on Parade Day (June 24) and the Parade starts at 10.30am. Tickets for those with accessibility needs are complimentary and each ticket comes with a partner ticket. Although free, donations are welcome and help to reward the community partner organization who will be staffing the viewing area on Parade day.
A small army of qualified ASL Interpreters have been hired by the Pride Committee to provide American Sign Language interpretation at the Main Stage and other venues at the Celebration. In front of the Main Stage there is a Mobility Accessibility and Hearing Impaired Accessibility Area designed for a better view of the ASL Interpreters and Main Stage generally.
The improvements in Accessibility provision have been spearheaded by Prides Accessibility Committee led by Jim Brune and Steven Davies both of whom are disabled. Steven sits on the Board and ASL interpretation is available at all Board and General meetings which the organization holds.
Pride Executive Director Teddy Witherington said:
Pride can be a daunting prospect for someone who, for example, is a wheelchair user. I ask everyone attending the event to help us in our desire to see that everyone has a good time. If you see a wheelchair user trying to get through a crowded area, move out of the way.
Anyone attending the event who has accessibility needs can look out for the Access Team who will be wearing distinct T-shirts, but all of the event Safety Monitors have been trained to assist those with accessibility needs.
For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at (415) 864 0831