Welcome to accessible* Homer, AK
Accessible Homer is for slow walkers, wheelchair riders, folks with limited vision, and others experiencing a disability. We’ve tried to compile information to help you enjoy Homer’s many offerings—on your own or with friends and family.
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Homer is an incredible place to live or visit--and that should be true for everyBODY! In fact, Homer's stunning setting--perched on the shores of Kachemak Bay--along with: its spectacular outdoor recreation, great places to stay, delicious offerings at cafes and restaurants, world-class fishing, diverse and innovative farming, active art community, variety of businesses promoting wellness and more make it the go-to destination for folks with disabilities who want a wonderful Alaskan experience. This website--a work in progress--is intended to help everyBODY enjoy all the wonders and enjoyment that can be found in Homer and around Kachemak Bay.
The Homer area offers many ways to enjoy satisfying activities, beautiful surroundings and inclusive recreation. Places to visit range from; the ADA accessible Islands & Ocean Visitor Center and Pratt Museum, wheelchair-friendly trails, boat tours of Kachemak Bay, charming shops and art galleries, delicious places to eat, and comfy places to stay. The two tables accessed below should help you find what you're looking for.
How to use accessible* Homer
CLICK a choice below to find places and activities in Homer and information about their accessibility.
The BLUE BUTTON on the Left is a list of activities & business's by KIND of service they provide.
(e.g. restaurants, camping, trails, art galleries, bicycle rentals, scenic drives, museums, kayaking boardwalks, etc.)
The RED BUTTON on the Right is a list of business's by NAME of the business.
(e.g. Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Homer Public Library, Pratt Museum, Halibut Cove, etc.)
Would you like to be added to our list of accessible businesses? Contact TRAILS at Independent Living Center! The sticker above is the accessible* Homer window sticker. If you'd like a window sticker in you business, click below:
This website is a work in progress. Businesses, locations,
and activities are added as we learn about them and their accessibility. We rely on businesses and vendors to provide us information about their access conditions. We also post “accessible* Homer” videos so YOU can decide whether you're comfortable, for example, being lifted by friends or willing staff onto a boat or helped over a threshold or down a trail or across a beach.
If you are concerned about the safety of a vulnerable person you can report your concern to the Alaska Senior and Disabilities Services Centralized Reporting Unit. These reports go to the appropriate state agency or agencies to investigate. These include Adult Protective Services, The Long Term Care Ombudsman, Occupational Licensing and the Office of Children's Services. Click on the link below for
accessible* home Table 1-types of activities Table 2-named vendors Ideas to improve access Homer access example
More information about the Homer area
Links for exploring Homer onlineTo learn about the Homer area, click on the links below.
City of Homer Community Recreation Guide
City resolution to become Universally Accessible
City of Homer Parks and Recreation
Shorezone click start button and then zoom to Homer on map
The Milepost magazine This annual publication lists sites and destinations found at particular mileposts on all of Alaska's highways
More information about accessible travel
Links to online resources for folks traveling with disabilities
accessibleGO --"Making travel more accessible, together;" this website offers discounts, describes destinations, provides reviews, offers a way to review businesses yourself, and more. They even have a section where anyone can share their travel recommendations, experiences, or knowledge; and if you would like, accessibleGO will find you lodgings with specific kinds of accommodations. Click here to see their basic list of accessibility rating categories for lodgings.
NCHPAD (National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability)--Founded in 1999, NCHPAD provides information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability in order to promote "building healthy inclusive communities."
TravAbility -- Specialist travel agency for inclusive travel and advocates for accessible tourism.
TravelAbility Insider -- an online magazine with articles about traveling with a disability, co-sponsor of 2019 TravelAbility Summit: "A first-ever gathering of travel industry professionals with product and service innovators dedicated to improving travel experiences for individuals with physical, visual, auditory and cognitive disabilities."
WheelchairTravel --"resources to help you plan a wheelchair-accessible vacation"