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  • YosemiteNationalPark NationalParkServiceU.S.DepartmentoftheInterior

    YosemiteAccessibilityGuideJanuary2015

    WelcometoYosemiteNationalPark!Theparkstrivesforfullandequalparticipationfor allvisitorsandcontinuallyupgradesfacilities,programsandservicestoimproveaccessibility.Thisguideoutlinesavarietyofaccessibleservices,facilities,andactivitiesavailableinYosemite.Withineacharea,itdescribeswaysforpeoplewithsight,hearing,andmobilityimpairmentstoenjoyYosemite.Ifyoudonotneedthisguideafteryourvisit,pleasereturnittoanyvisitorcenterorentrancestation.TheYosemiteAccessibilityGuideisavailableatentrancestations,visitorcentersandonlineatwww.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/access.pdf.Forgeneralparkinformationanddescriptionsofservices,programsandactivities,seetheYosemiteGuide,availableatentrancestations,visitorcentersoronlineatwww.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm.WewelcomeyourcommentsandsuggestionsonwaystoimproveaccessibilityforvisitorstoYosemiteNationalPark.DiscriminationonthebasisofdisabilityinfederallyconductedprogramsoractivitiesoftheDepartmentoftheInteriorisprohibited.

    ContactInformation:

    AccessibilityCoordinator2093791035

    yose_accessibility@nps.gov

    PhotobyDanHorner

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    P4215(YOSEPM)MessagefromtheSuperintendent:YosemiteNationalParkisawonderfulandbeautifulplacewithtoweringtrees,thunderingwaterfallsandmassivegraniteformations.SetasideasaNationalParkin1890,Yosemiteisaplacevisitedbyalmostfourmillionvisitorsayear.Yosemitesgoalistoprovidethehighestlevelofaccessibilitytoourvisitorsaspossible.EachyearhasshownmarkedimprovementsinbothphysicalandprogrammaticaccessibilityatYosemite.ThestaffatYosemiteisworkinghardtocorrectandresolveaccessibilitydeficienciesthroughoutthepark.Byusingprinciplesofuniversaldesign,Yosemiteiscommittedtoprovidingphysicalaccesstothegreatestnumberofindividuals.Fromdesigningandbuildingnewfacilitiestotherehabilitationofolderbuildings,accessibilityhasbecomeakeycomponentofallprojects.TheparkalsooffersafreefullyaccessibleshuttlebusserviceinYosemiteValleytoallparkvisitors.YosemitehaswonthefollowingAccessibilityAwards:2010NationalParkServiceSustainedParkAchievementProvisionandImprovementofAccessibilityoveraSustainedPeriodofTime,2009NationalParkServiceNationalAccessibilityAchievementAwardforProgrammaticAchievementImprovingAccesstotheNationalParkServiceProgramsand2008ProgrammaticAccessibilityAchievementAwardDeafServicesProgram.YosemiteprovidesAmericanSignLanguage(ASL)interpretersforvisitorsandhasaddedcaptioningorprovidesASLinterpretersatallpublicfilmsshowninthepark.Additionally,wehaveavailableaudiodescriptions,podcastsandmultiplepublicationsinlargeprintorBrailleforvisitorswithvisualimpairments.Duringthelastseveralyears,theparkhasaddedaccessiblecampsitesinYosemiteValley,Wawona,andtheTiogaRoadarea.Thecampgroundswherethesesiteshavebeenaddednowincludeaccessiblerestroomfacilities,pathsoftravel,andsomecampsiteswithraisedtentplatforms.Futureplansincludetheadditionofmoreaccessiblecampsiteseachyearuntilwemeetorexceedtherequirednumberofaccessiblecampsites.Manypicnicareasparkwidehavebeenrehabilitatedtoincludeaccessiblepathsoftravel,picnictables,andgrills.AsYosemitecontinuestoaddresscurrentaccessibilityissuesitisimportanttorememberthataccessibilityisanintegralpartofourmission.Providingaccessibleprogramsandfacilitiestothebroadestpopulationofourvisitorsiseveryonestaskandresponsibility.DonL.NeubacherSuperintendent

    United States Department of the Interior NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

    Yosemite National Park P.O. Box 577

    Yosemite, California 95389

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    TableofContents 2 GeneralInformation 2 AccessPasses 2 TemporaryAccessibleParkingPlacard 3 Parking 3 ServiceAnimals 3 WheelchairsandMobilityDevices 4 RulesforUseofOPDMDs 5 WheelchairandBicycleRental 5 ShuttleBuses 5 YARTSBusServicetoYosemite 5 Telephones,VideoPhone&TTYs 6 DeafServicesProgram 6 RequestingaSignLanguageInterpreter 7 Services 7 SightseeingbyCar 7 Tours 7 TrailRides 8 Gas 8 PostOffices 8 HealthConcerns &MedicalFacilities 9 Weather 9 Elevation 9 Smoke&Fire 9 MedicalFacilitiesIn&AroundYosemite 10 LearningAboutYosemite 10 RangerInterpretivePrograms 10 FilmsaboutYosemiteatVisitorCenter 11 OnLineResources,Videos&Webcams 11 Publications 12 EnvironmentalEducation 13 Lodging, Camping&PicnicFacilities 13 LodgingInformation 14 CampgroundReservations 15 PicnicAreas 16 PlacesofInterestinYosemite 16 YosemiteValley 20 NorthernYosemite 22 SouthernYosemite 24 MariposaGrove ClosureNotice 26 YosemiteValleyAccessibilityMap

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    GeneralInformationYosemiteNationalPark,setasidein1890,embracesspectacularmountainandvalleysceneryintheSierraNevadamountainrange.ParkhighlightsincludeYosemiteValleyshighcliffsandwaterfalls;Wawona'shistorycenterandhistorichotel;theMariposaGroveofgiantsequoias;GlacierPoint'sspectacularviewofYosemiteValleyandthehighcountry(summerthroughfall);TuolumneMeadows,alargesubalpinemeadowsurroundedbyhighmountainpeaks(summerthroughfall);andHetchHetchy,asecludedvalleywithareservoirformedbyadamontheTuolumneRiver.Yosemiteoffersunparallelednaturalviewsandsoundscapes,andnaturalobjectsfortactileexploration.Theseopportunitiesareavailableinallareasofthepark.AccessPassesU.S.citizensorpermanentresidentswhoarepermanentlydisabledorblindareeligiblefortheInteragencyAccessPass.Thisfree,lifetimeadmissionpassisvalidatNationalParkService,BureauofLandManagement,U.S.FishandWildlifeService,U.S.ForestServiceandBureauofReclamationsites.ItprovidesthepassownerandaccompanyingpassengersinaprivatevehiclefreeadmissiontoYosemiteNationalPark. TheAccessPassisavailableatnochargewhenobtainedinpersonatdesignatedlocationsorfora$10processingfeeonlinewithproofofeligibility.Thepassisnontransferableanddoesnotgenerallycoverorreducespecialrecreationpermitfeesorfeeschargedbyconcessionaires.VisitorswithAccessPassesreceivea50percentdiscountoncampinginYosemite.InYosemite,theAccessPassisavailableatallparkentrancestationsandvisitorcenters.VisitorsmustsupplytheirAccessPassnumberwhenmakingacampingreservation.Formoreinformationortodownloadanapplication,visitwww.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm

    TemporaryAccessibleParkingPlacardForvisitorswhoaretemporarilydisabledordonothavetheirpermanentaccessibleparkingplacardwiththem,atemporaryplacardisavailableatparkentrancestationsandvisitorcenters.Whendisplayedonavehicledashboard,theplacardallowsparkingindesignatedaccessiblespacesanddrivingonsomepavedroadsclosedtootherprivatevehicletrafficsuchastheHappyIslesLoopRoadandMirrorLakeRoad.Pedestrians,bicyclists,andshuttlebusessharetheseroads,therefore,emergencyflashersmustbeused,andthespeedlimitis15milesperhour.

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    ParkingDesignatedaccessiblespacesaremarkedwiththeinternationalaccesssymbolandarereservedforvehiclesdisplayinganaccessibleparkingplacardorlicenseplate.Amapwithaccessibleparkinglocations,picnicareas,restroomsandcampinglocationsforYosemiteValleyisonthebackofthisGuide.ServiceAnimalsServiceanimalsaredefinedasdogsthatareindividuallytrainedtodoworkorperformtasksforpeoplewithdisabilities.Examplesofsuchworkortasksincludeguidingpeoplewhoareblind,alertingpeoplewhoaredeaf,pullingawheelchair,alertingandprotectingapersonwhoishavingaseizure,remindingapersonwithmentalillnesstotakeprescribedmedications,calmingapersonwithPostTraumaticStressDisorderduringananxietyattack,orperformingotherduties.Serviceanimalsareworkinganimals,notpets.Theworkortaskadoghasbeentrainedtoprovidemustbedirectlyrelatedtothepersonsdisability.Dogswhosesolefunctionistoprovidecomfortoremotionalsupportdonotqualifyasserviceanimals.Serviceanimalsareallowedinparkfacilitiesandonshuttlebusesiftheymeetthelegaldefinitionofaserviceanimalfoundatwww.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm.Serviceanimalsmustbeleashedatalltimes,mustnotdisturbwildlife,mustnotbeexcessivelynoisy,andtheirexcrementmustbedisposedofproperlyfortheareatheyarein.Itiscommonforothervisitorstoaskquestions,makeunwantedremarks,ortoreportserviceanimalstolawenforcementofficersiftheyarenotawarethedogisaserviceanimalandallowedtobeinlocationswherepetsaregenerallynotallowed.Forthesereasons,itisrecommendedthatserviceanimalswearavisibleidentificationvestwhileinthePark.Servicedogsintrainingarenotconsideredserviceanimalsanddonotmeetthelegaldefinitionofaserviceanimal.TheyarepetsandthereforemustabidebytheYosemitePetRegulationsfoundatwww.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/pets.htm.WheelchairsandMobilityDevicesManualWheelchairmeansadevicethatispropelledbyhumanpower,designedforandusedbyamobilityimpairedperson.MotorizedWheelchairmeansaselfpropelledwheeleddevice,designedsolelyforandusedbyamobilityimpairedpersonforlocomotionthatisbothcapableofandsuitableforuseinindoorpedestrianareas.UseofWheelchairsandOPDMDsTheuseofamanualormotorizedwheelchairbyanindividualwithlimitedmobilityisallowedtotheextentthatthesamewouldapplytoapedestrian.Theinformationinthischapteris

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    intendedtotreatapersonusingamanualormotorizedwheelchairasapedestrian,andisnotintendedtorestricttheactivitiesofsuchapersonbeyondthedegreethattheactivitiesofapedestrianarerestrictedbythesameregulations.TheuseofOtherPowerDrivenMobilityDevices(OPDMDs),whileallowed,isrestrictedtopersonswithmobilitydisabilitiesandsuchuseislimitedtopavedtrails,pavedbikepaths,andpavedmultiusepathsforsafetyandresourceprotection.ApersonusinganOPDMDmustyieldtherightofwaytopedestriansandpersonsusingwheelchairs.RulesforUseofOPDMDsThefollowingconditionsapply:

    OPDMDsarenotpermittedtobeoperatedonparkroadways.AnOPDMDisonlyallowedonpavedtrails,pavedbikepaths,andpavedmultiusepaths.

    Operatorsmustbe16yearsofageorolder. OPDMDsmaynotexceed36inchesinwidth. AnOPDMDmustbeplacardedanddisplayauniversalhandicapdecal. MaximumspeedwhileoperatinganOPDMDcannotexceed6mph. TheenginenoiselevelfromanOPDMDmaynotexceed60dBmeasure