PURCELLVILLE, Va. August 10, 2021 —Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has been on the forefront of everyone’s minds for a while now, however the disabled community (individuals with differing abilities) has often been left out of most, if not many, DEI conversations. The Town of Purcellville is committed to not make this mistake.
On Tuesday, July 13th, during the Purcellville Town Council Meeting, the Council voted in favor of moving forward with a partnership with VisitAble. VisitAble is a start-up based in Charlottesville that is helping make disability inclusion champions out of both public and private organizations.
As a first step of this partnership, VisitAble is planning on training Purcellville staff members on disability etiquette, as well as conducting mobility accessibility reviews on five Purcellville facilities: Fireman’s Field Park, Bush Tabernacle, Town Hall, Train Station, and Haske Field. Evaluations following the reviews will be delivered to Purcellville senior leadership to help inform areas of opportunity.
Here’s what Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville has to say about this partnership:
“I see significant value in the VisitAble solution in that it enables our town to increase its accessibility to mobility challenged residents and guests. Purcellville is an inviting and welcoming place. We look forward to this partnership with VisitAble.”
VisitAble is a start-up founded on the mission of improving accessibility and inclusion for those individuals that have differing disabilities from the general population. Through the company’s Training Certification process, VisitAble offers consulting on practical mobility access for public-facing locations and provides disability etiquette training that helps employees to provide a better and more inclusive experience to customers and visitors with disabilities. VisitAble is also committed to advancing activism for disability rights, and promoting awareness about many of the issues and barriers perpetuated by our society. For more information, please visit www.visitable.org.