La Crosse and AARP partner up to improve accessibility

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The city of La Crosse and the American Association of Retired Persons are working together to add more wheelchair accessibility options in the city.

La Crosse received a $11,060 Community Challenge grant from the AARP to fund assistance doorbells and portable wheelchair ramps to businesses or organizations that do not have Americans with Disabilities Act accessible entrances.

Assistance doorbells are used to signal the need for a ramp. The ramps and doorbells will create a more inclusive community for residents with mobility issues.

The Community Challenge grant will provide businesses/organizations the following at no cost: professional evaluation of your entrance, ordering and installation of portable ramps and doorbells, and education on proper use of ramps.

Contact Jack Zabrowski in La Crosse’s planning department at or 608-789-8676 if your organization or business wants to take advantage of the opportunity.

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