ADA

Accessibility at the Davenport House

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT: It is the goal of the Isaiah Davenport House Museum to provide a quality level of accessibility to the museum’s interpretation that can be accomplished within the institutional mission. We recognize, however, that the preservation and interpretation of an early 19th century historic building may present challenges for our visitors. Because we are a museum, our efforts focus on balancing our commitments to preserve the historical resources in our care and to increase access to them. It is, therefore, in our interest to develop and provide opportunities that facilitate reasonable access to the museum’s educational programs, operation, and services to a diverse public.

Parking:

• The museum provides no parking for visitors. The closest city metered space is for people with disabilities. It is on Habersham Street adjacent to the Kennedy Pharmacy Building (107 Habersham Street).
• Trolley stop #6 for those taking the off-on experience of the Landmark Historic District is across the street from the Davenport House.

Mobility:

• Adequate, safe wheelchair access is available to the basement level of Davenport House Museum which includes the museum shop, rest rooms, water fountain, and staff offices. The museum’s courtyard and garden is wheelchair accessible from both Habersham and State Streets.
• The museum’s large rest room will be made ADA compliant. A new water fountain will be acquired that is ADA compliant.
• On request a DVD will be shown at no charge. It provides a guided tour of the museum.
• In addition to the hall chairs on each level of the museum’s exhibit floors, portable, stable seating is available.
– Wooden Windsor hall chairs are available on both exhibit floors.
– Portable chairs/stools are available for visitors to carry on tour.
– Portable stools are available in the 2nd floor meeting room for guests who may find they need to sit while touring.

Vision:

• A large print information book (18 point or larger) is be available in a three-ringed binder at the admission desk.
• Touch baskets, which include fabric and plasters samples, are available in the museum rooms.
• Flashlights or hand-held spotlights will be used by docents to illuminate objects and areas of conversation if a visitor identifies himself or herself as needing such assistance.

Hearing/Speech:

• Additional information in written form is available in each room. Large print materials with streamlined language will be available.
• If a visitor identifies special needs a docent will illuminate objects/areas being discussed with a flashlight or handheld spotlight.
• If a visitor identifies special hearing needs a docent will take along an erasable writing board to communicate with the visitor.

Developmental/Emotional/Mental

• If a visitor or attendant identifies special needs in advance of arrival, museum staff will provide a simple, straightforward experience using unembellished language delivered at the pace requested.