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“Opening Doors” Working to Improve Accessibility

The Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID) has started a program called Opening Doors to support businesses in becoming more disability friendly.

People with disabilities represent nearly 10% of Brooklyn’s customer base, but many local businesses and services are not “disability friendly,” causing people with disabilities to take their business elsewhere. Many businesses do not realize that simple, inexpensive changes can make a huge difference to potential customers.

BCID is looking for businesses in DUMBO who are interested in benefiting from this program. The business will go through a quick survey and qualifying establishments taking part will receive:

  • An Opening Doors publicity sticker for the business window as recognition of your positive attitude toward people with disabilities.
  • A laminated information display flyer with helpful tips for making your business more disability friendly
  • Listing on both BCID’s website www.bcid.org and www.axsmap.com (a crowd-sourced listing that rates the accessibility of venues)
  • Ongoing advice and support regarding accessibility and resources from BCID

BCID is offering these surveys and resources at no charge to improve the customer experience in Brooklyn for people with disabilities.

The Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID) is a not-for profit community based, consumer-directed organization that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities.

Please contact openingdoors@bcid.org for more information and to take part!