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<ul><li><p>YosemiteNationalPark NationalParkServiceU.S.DepartmentoftheInterior</p><p>YosemiteAccessibilityGuideJanuary2015</p><p>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.</p><p>ContactInformation:</p><p>AccessibilityCoordinator2093791035</p><p>yose_accessibility@nps.gov</p><p>PhotobyDanHorner</p></li><li><p> IN REPLY REFER TO: </p><p>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</p><p>United States Department of the Interior NATIONAL PARK SERVICE </p><p>Yosemite National Park P.O. Box 577 </p><p>Yosemite, California 95389 </p></li><li><p>AccessibilityGuideYosemiteNationalPark January 2015</p><p>1</p><p> TableofContents 2 GeneralInformation 2 AccessPasses 2 TemporaryAccessibleParkingPlacard 3 Parking 3 ServiceAnimals 3 WheelchairsandMobilityDevices 4 RulesforUseofOPDMDs 5 WheelchairandBicycleRental 5 ShuttleBuses 5 YARTSBusServicetoYosemite 5 Telephones,VideoPhone&amp;TTYs 6 DeafServicesProgram 6 RequestingaSignLanguageInterpreter 7 Services 7 SightseeingbyCar 7 Tours 7 TrailRides 8 Gas 8 PostOffices 8 HealthConcerns &amp;MedicalFacilities 9 Weather 9 Elevation 9 Smoke&amp;Fire 9 MedicalFacilitiesIn&amp;AroundYosemite 10 LearningAboutYosemite 10 RangerInterpretivePrograms 10 FilmsaboutYosemiteatVisitorCenter 11 OnLineResources,Videos&amp;Webcams 11 Publications 12 EnvironmentalEducation 13 Lodging, Camping&amp;PicnicFacilities 13 LodgingInformation 14 CampgroundReservations 15 PicnicAreas 16 PlacesofInterestinYosemite 16 YosemiteValley 20 NorthernYosemite 22 SouthernYosemite 24 MariposaGrove ClosureNotice 26 YosemiteValleyAccessibilityMap</p></li><li><p>AccessibilityGuideYosemiteNationalPark January 2015</p><p>2</p><p>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</p><p>TemporaryAccessibleParkingPlacardForvisitorswhoaretemporarilydisabledordonothavetheirpermanentaccessibleparkingplacardwiththem,atemporaryplacardisavailableatparkentrancestationsandvisitorcenters.Whendisplayedonavehicledashboard,theplacardallowsparkingindesignatedaccessiblespacesanddrivingonsomepavedroadsclosedtootherprivatevehicletrafficsuchastheHappyIslesLoopRoadandMirrorLakeRoad.Pedestrians,bicyclists,andshuttlebusessharetheseroads,therefore,emergencyflashersmustbeused,andthespeedlimitis15milesperhour.</p></li><li><p>AccessibilityGuideYosemiteNationalPark January 2015</p><p>3</p><p>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</p></li><li><p>AccessibilityGuideYosemiteNationalPark January 2015</p><p>4</p><p>intendedtotreatapersonusingamanualormotorizedwheelchairasapedestrian,andisnotintendedtorestricttheactivitiesofsuchapersonbeyondthedegreethattheactivitiesofapedestrianarerestrictedbythesameregulations.TheuseofOtherPowerDrivenMobilityDevices(OPDMDs),whileallowed,isrestrictedtopersonswithmobilitydisabilitiesandsuchuseislimitedtopavedtrails,pavedbikepaths,andpavedmultiusepathsforsafetyandresourceprotection.ApersonusinganOPDMDmustyieldtherightofwaytopedestriansandpersonsusingwheelchairs.RulesforUseofOPDMDsThefollowingconditionsapply:</p><p> OPDMDsarenotpermittedtobeoperatedonparkroadways.AnOPDMDisonlyallowedonpavedtrails,pavedbikepaths,andpavedmultiusepaths.</p><p> Operatorsmustbe16yearsofageorolder. OPDMDsmaynotexceed36inchesinwidth. AnOPDMDmustbeplacardedanddisplayauniversalhandicapdecal. MaximumspeedwhileoperatinganOPDMDcannotexceed6mph. TheenginenoiselevelfromanOPDMDmaynotexceed60dBmeasuredontheA</p><p>weightedscaleatadistanceof50feet. OPDMDsshallnotexceedzeroemissionsduringuse. ApersonridinganOPDMDmustalwaysyieldtopedestrians. GroupsizeislimitedtonomorethanfourOPDMDs. UseofanOPDMDisprohibitedinundevelopedanddesignatedWildernessareas. TheuseofanOPDMDbyanondisabledpersonisprohibitedinthepark. EveryOPDMDshallbeequippedwiththe</p><p>followingsafetymechanisms: Front,rear,andsidereflectors. Asystemthatenablestheoperatorto</p><p>bringtheOPDMDtoacontrolledstop. IftheOPDMDisoperatedbetweenone</p><p>halfhouraftersunsetandonehalfhourbeforesunrise,alampemittingawhitelightthat,whiletheOPDMDisinmotion,illuminatestheareainfrontoftheoperatorandisvisiblefromadistanceof300feetinfrontoftheOPDMD.</p><p> Asoundemittingdevicethatcanbeactivatedfromtimetotimebytheoperator.</p><p> NomorethanonepersonmayrideuponanOPDMDatanytime.</p></li><li><p>AccessibilityGuideYosemiteNationalPark January 2015</p><p>5</p><p>Wheelchair&amp;BicycleRentalAlimitednumberofmanualwheelchairsandelectricscootersareavailableforrentatthebicyclerentalstandsatYosemiteLodgeandCurryVillageduringthesummermonths.Reservationsrecommended.Thebicyclestandisopenduringthesummerseason.WhenthebicyclestandisclosedcontactSeanCostello,thebicyclestandmanager,forrentalinformationatscostel@delawarenorth.comBicyclescanberentedatYosemiteLodgeandtheCurryVillagerentalstands.Atandembicycle(forvisitorswithsightandotherimpairments)andahandcrankedbicycleareavailable.Reservationsaresuggested:Call2093728319or2093721208.ShuttleBusesFreeshuttlebusesoperateinseveralareasofthepark.Allbusesareaccessiblewithwheelchairliftsandtiedowns.Maximumsizeforwheelchairsonshuttlebusesandtourbusesis24incheswidex46incheslongwithaweightlimitontourbusesof750pounds.Busdriverswillhelppassengersonandoffbusesornotifythemofstops.Ifyouneedassistance,askthebusdriver. TheshuttlebusmayaccommodateOPDMDs,whichmeetthesizelimitationandaresuitableforuseinindoorpedestrianareas.Shuttlebusserviceisavailableinthefollowinglocations:</p><p> YosemiteValley:throughouttheYosemiteVillagearea(yearround)andtoElCapitanBridgeandTuolumneMeadows(summeronly).</p><p> WawonatoMariposaGrove:fromtheWawonaStore&amp;PioneerGiftShoptotheMariposaGroveofGiantSequoias(summeronly).</p><p> WawonatoYosemiteValley:fromtheWawonaHoteltoYosemiteValleyat8:30a.m.returntripleavesYosemiteValleyat3:30p.m.(summeronly).</p><p> TuolumneMeadows:fromOlmstedPointtoTiogaPass(summeronly).YARTSBusServicetoYosemiteTheYosemiteAreaRegionalTransportationServices(YARTS)istheonlypublictransportationservicethatprovidesregularlyscheduleddailyservicetoYosemiteNationalParkfromMariposaandMerced.MostYARTSbusesareequippedwithlifts.However,YARTSrequestsyoucontactthematleast48hoursaheadofyourtriptoensurethataliftequippedbusisavailabletoyou.YARTSphonenumberis18779892787oremailthemontheirwebsiteatwww.yarts.com/.Telephones,VideoPhones&amp;TTYs (Teletypewriter)CellphonesignalstrengthismarginalinmostofYosemite.ThereisavideophonelocatedinthelobbyofYosemiteLodge.Payphonesarelocatedthroughoutthepark;mosthavevolumecontrolandmanyhaveTTYs.</p></li><li><p>AccessibilityGuideYosemiteNationalPark January 2015</p><p>6</p><p>PayphoneswithTTYsareavailableatYosemiteValleyVisitorCenter,thelobbyofYosemiteLodge,andonthemezzanineoftheAhwahneeHotel.FreeTTYphonekitsarealsoavailableforgueststotaketotheirroomsatYosemiteLodgeandtheAhwahneeHotel.TheWawonaHotelhasTTYphonekitstouseinconjunctionwiththephoneinthemanagersoffice.CurryVillagehaskits,too,whichincludesmokealarm,lightflasherdoorbellandshakeawake,buthavenophonesintheroominwhichtouseaTTYdevice.ContactInformationforYosemiteNationalParkis:</p><p> TTYgeneralparkinformation2093724726 Videophonegeneralinformation2092223944 TTYYosemitelodgingreservations5594393002 Onlinehotelreservationswww.yosemitepark.com/lodging.aspx TTYYosemitecampgroundreservations8778336777 Onlinecampgroundreservationswww.recreation.gov</p><p>UsingaTTY,deafcallerscanalsodial711tousethefreerelayservice,whichprovidesanoperatortoassistpeoplewhoaredeafinmakingcallstovoiceonlynumbers. DeafServicesProgramYosemitesDeafServicesProgramprovidesormakesavailableinterpretingservicesforallofficialparkprograms,includingtours,rangerprograms,andtheaterpresentations.Requestsforsignlanguageinterpretationshouldbemadeatleasttwoweeksinadvance.InterpretypesareavailableatallparkVisitorCenterstoassistdeafvisitors.AdditionalinformationontheDeafServicesProgramandsignlanguagevideosontheYosemitesDeafServicesProgramandothertopicsareavailableatwww.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/deafservices.htm.RequestingaSignLanguageInterpretationYosemitecontractswithoutsideASLinterpreterstoprovidesignlanguageinterpretationforvisitorstothepark,therefore,advancenotice(atleasttwoweeks)isrequiredtoensureanASLinterpreterisavailable.WewillmakeeveryefforttoprovideanASLinterpreter,however,lastminuterequestsmaybedifficulttoaccommodateduetodistanceandavailability.ForASLinterpretationforYosemiteNationalParkandYosemiteConservancyprogramslistedintheYosemiteGuide,contactDeafServicesat2093795250(voice/text)orbyemailatyose_deaf_services@nps.gov.ForsignlanguageinterpretationonpaidtoursprovidedbyDNC,calltheYosemiteLodgetourdeskat(209)3721240.CaptioningCaptioningisavailableonmostoftheparkswebvideosandthefilmsSpiritofYosemiteandYosemite:AGatheringofSpiritshownintheYosemiteTheaterbehindtheValleyVisitorCenter.</p></li><li><p>AccessibilityGuideYosemiteNationalPark January 2015</p><p>7</p><p>SignLanguageVideosYosemitehascreatedseveralinforma...</p></li></ul>

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